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 poetry, not just at Shakespeare & Co. In fact, there is something most evenings, so it has been great to leave work... Continue Reading →

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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 Burgundy, not far from Macon, which is just over an hour and half from Paris. We stayed at the lovely Janice's house,... 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 couple of issues on from the 25th anniversary issues 46 and 47. Beautifully produced with 138 poems by 73 poets, articles, 'in... 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, as I crossed the Thames it was low tide.  I had an appointment at 11am with Patience Agbabi for my third tutorial... 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 journal, a welcome new addition to compensate for the end of Smiths Knolll and 14 Magazine. The typeface used is IM Fell... 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 'Hopelessly Devoted to You'. Four short plays, all in an hour. The four writers were given a simple task: to write a... 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 Jessica, Sarah and Yvonne) have been experimenting with Google Drive to see what we could create through a collaborative exercise. It has... Continue Reading →

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