Interview with Elisabeth Sennitt Clough

I talked to Elisabeth Sennitt Clough about poems from her pamphlet ‘Glass’ (winner of the inaugural Paper Swans Press Competition 2016, and subsequently the Saboteur Awards Best Poetry Pamphlet 2017) and her first collection ‘Sightings’ (Pindrop Press 2016). PART 1: THE FENS PS: When did you realise the unique quality of that black Fen soil?... Continue Reading →


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 judge) in July and August. I thought I’d look back at our discussions and the exchange of emails to see how we... 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 of love of Sarah Miles. It was so good to finally meet Sarah after all our correspondence around the pamphlet, with all... 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 Maris and Catherine Humble in collaboration with psychoanalyst Susanne Lansman. It took place in the Sigmund Freud Lecture Theatre at the Institute... 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 an underground – was really modern, well-lit and with modern infrastructure. The cars feel like being on London's District Line. Alas, I... 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 festival crowd was distinctly Scottish and European, or should I say Scottish, thus European? Within 30 minutes of the opening reception on... 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 two people, but also the absence of people, a conversation that was. Chairs on pavements outside French street cafés are such a... 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 new pamphlet of poems went on sale at the Free Verse poetry book fair in London. I will read from it for the first... 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 theme of revolution, edited by Laurie Smith and Jane R Rogers. A fine evening spent at the London Review of Books bookshop in... Continue Reading →

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