Getting the cover right

Arriving at the right cover for Selfie with Waterlilies (Paper Swans Press, 2017) came about through an extended dialogue and a process of visual exploration for me, Sarah (the publisher) and Jill (the… Continue reading

Free Verse Poetry Book Fair

I had a great day last Saturday at the Free Verse Poetry Book Fair at Conway Hall in London, launching my new pamphlet, Selfie with Waterlilies, published by Paper Swans Press, a labour… Continue reading

Poetry and psychoanalysis

It was a pleasure to be invited to read at the conference ‘Poetry and Psychoanalysis: Creative Borders and Boundaries’ on 9-10 June in London. The event was organised by poets and researchers Kathryn… Continue reading

Back from Newcastle Poetry Festival

My first time in Newcastle. Stepping off the train I was struck but how beautiful and clean the station with its high, curved Victorian canopy. And then the metro – yes, Newcastle has… Continue reading

Back from StAnza

Earlier this month St. Andrews held its 20th StAnza poetry festival. This year there was a particular focus on contemporary French poetry and on the poetry of heights, of walking and climbing mountains. The… Continue reading

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