Choosing the cover image

A few people have praised the cover illustration and general production values of my new HappenStance pamphlet. Gillian Rose’s wonderful design of two chairs has a beautiful simplicity to it, suggesting both a conversation between… Continue reading

Poetry and Preservation

Back in March, I wrote a post about four new poems featured on The Compass website, poems written in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks. Last Saturday, the very first copies of my… Continue reading

Radar, reed, revolution

I have had a few poems published recently in Magma, The Fenland Reed and Under the Radar. I was lucky to be asked to read as at the launch of issue 56 of Magma, on the… Continue reading

Disposal

I am really pleased to have 4 poems published in issue 3 of The Compass, the beautiful online magazine edited by Lindsey Holland and Andrew Forster, and with reviews edited by Kim Moore.… Continue reading

May to December

The year is almost up. I can’t believe it is seven months since my last post. Regular posts don’t come easy. My resolution for 2016 is to write once a month and to focus more… Continue reading

From manuscript to proof to print

What surprised me in this process of putting a pamphlet together was the amount of work that would go into the stage between manuscript submission and the signing off of the final proof. It… Continue reading

Much Ado in Much Wenlock

I’m back from two nights in Shropshire for the Much Wenlock poetry festival. An easy journey, at just two hours form London, with a change in Birmingham for Telford (direct coming back). Drizzle… Continue reading

A first pamphlet to be published in May

It’s been an eventful couple of months, not least because a fortnight ago I found out that I’d won the Poetry Business pamphlet competition judged by Billy Collins, who said of my poems:… Continue reading

Round-up (overdue)

Almost 3 months since my last post. Again, I’m pretty useless at posting regularly but the end of the year gives me a chance – and a push – to post once more… Continue reading

There are statues and there are living statues

If the last month has been about anything, it’s been about stillness by way of statuary. And yet, September, with ‘la rentrée’, is really about the complete opposite of the static, more the… Continue reading