Really looking forward to reading at Ye Olde Murenger in Newport and can't wait to hear new work in the open mic. Thanks to Alan Roderick for asking myself and Robert Walton to read at this venerable institution.
Super excited about this evening's gig at Abergavenny's Hen and Chicks. Reading with Claire Williamson, Ben Banyard and Robert Walton. See you there!!
Monday 30th: In a joint event with fellow Spoke member Claire Williamson, I will be launching my debut poetry collection In Her Shambles, published by Seren. The launch is in Bristol Waterstones (The Galleries) and we will be joined by virtuoso violinist John Pearce.
Friday 20th: Myself and Robert Walton will be teaching a workshop at The Abergavenny Writing Festival. 'Write Me A River' will explore the rivers we all carry within us: rivers of travel, culture, childhood; rivers of myth and the mind...
Monday 30th: My Spoke colleagues Robert Walton and Paul Deaton will be launching their glorious new poetry books on 30th October at Bordeaux Quay in Bristol. Robert will be reading from his new collection Sax Burglar Blues (his first collection was published almost thirty years ago! Workings is also a superb book, still available on Amazon) and Paul will be reading from his beautiful debut poetry collection A Watchful Astronomy.
I have had the pleasure of reading many of these new poems and can promise you that both collections are moving, sensuous, beautifully-crafted works of art.
Both books are published by Seren. https://www.serenbooks.com/news
Monday 3rd: Excited about reading with The Spoke at the wonderful event Poetry At The Capel. Guest performance by The Spoke and an open mic. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start.
31st: Awards event for the 2016 Troubadour International Poetry Prize.
I am honoured to be a featured poet in prestigious poetry journal Agenda, with the poems 'Woolworths', 'Stalking The Poet', 'Crockery'.
I am thrilled that my poem 'Dhusarah' is featured in Arachne Press' anthology 'Dusk' and that I was given the chance to read it at a wonderful winter solstice event headlined by singer-songwriter Rachel Dadd. The poem explores the intriguing and varied etymology of the word 'Dusk'. On 21st December Dusk started in the UK in the far NE (Shetland) at 16:53 and finished in the far South West (Cornwall) at 18:21, taking between 40 and 50 minutes depending on where you were. Arachne Press organised a 'wave' of performances (poems, music, plays) which each began as dusk descended in twelve locations across the UK, starting in Aberdeen and ending in Redruth. A truly magical experience to be part of! thank you to all the organisers, especially the wonderful and talented singer-songwriter Anna Kissell.
Poet Roy Marshall includes me as featured poet.
Prizewinner in 2016 Troubadour International Poetry Prize.
Highly Commended in 2016 Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Prize.
Shortlisted for Eyewear's Melita Hume Poetry Prize.