New in Town

I have been in Paris over 6 weeks now and somehow not had time to write a post. I am really surprised how much there is going on in terms of English language… Continue reading

Reading Live for Transatlantic Poetry

I have not written a post for a month, what with the new job in Paris. An update on all the Paris poetry events to follow this week. But I thought I should… Continue reading

Autumn in Burgundy

After a scorching first week of September, walking two hours a day across the city to work out the shortest cut between new flat and workplace, I spent the second week in rural… Continue reading

The North No. 50

Just received my contributor’s copy through of perhaps my favourite poetry journal: The North. Very pleased to have my poem ‘Glace’ included. This is issue 50, with a delicious mango orange cover, a… Continue reading

Summer Saturday

Rather than change, I always get off at Leicester Square and walk down Villiers Street, through Embankment station, and over the new(ish) pedestrian bridge to the Royal Festival Hall on the South Bank. Yesterday,… Continue reading

Lighthouse #issue 2

Just received my contributor’s copy for Lighthouse. Stunning aesthetica from the East of England. Only its second issue but this magazine has already established itself (to me) as a high-quality, beautifully produced and meticulously edited… Continue reading

Hopelessly Devoted to You

A chance to meet up last night with some of the Jerwood/Arvon mentees who turned out for the London performance – gearing up for Edinburgh – of the short play by German Munoz… Continue reading

Twenty Little Poems that could save America ‘What went wrong? Somehow, we blew it. We never quite got poetry inside the American school system, and thus, never quite inside the culture. Many brave people have tried, tried for decades,… Continue reading

Fun with Google Drive

Must say, I’m missing virtual Totleigh Barton. I think we all are: Darren, Rose, Jean and Nancy. The last few weeks me and three of the other Jerwood/Arvon mentees (a.k.a novelists and playwrights… Continue reading

What is the shortest poem?

Thanks to Philippe Reyniers for sending me this link today – an engaging 8-minute video exploring brevity and the minimal limits of language: