Live Canon Poetry Prize Book Launch and Readings

I’m pleased to say that my poem ‘A Baby Speaks on his Birthday in an Autumn Garden, 2020’ has reached the shortlist in this year’s Live Canon Poetry Prize and will be performed at the anthology book launch and prize ceremony, along with all shortlisted poems, online on Tuesday, 19 October, 20:00 – 21:30 BST.Continue reading “Live Canon Poetry Prize Book Launch and Readings”

My review of a new selection of poems by Abdellatif Laâbi

My review of My Mother’s Language/La langue de ma mère by Abdellatif Laâbi, translated and introduced by André Naffis-Sahely (Poetry Translation Centre, 2021), is online at MPT magazine. This is a generous selection of poems (in a neat, pocket-sized French/English edition – perfect to carry with me on a recent train journey) from a poet widelyContinue reading “My review of a new selection of poems by Abdellatif Laâbi”

Richard Price’s poem, first published at And Other Poems, commended in the Forward Prizes

I’m delighted that one of the poems first published at And Other Poems, the online site I edit, has been highly commended in this year’s Forward Prize for Best Single Poem and published in their annual anthology. The poem is ‘Personality Test with Worked Examples’ by Richard Price and can be viewed at And OtherContinue reading “Richard Price’s poem, first published at And Other Poems, commended in the Forward Prizes”

New poem in 14 magazine

A new poem ‘Self-Portrait as a Green Silk Dress’ has been accepted by 14 magazine (Vanguard Editions) and will be published in their next issue, now available to order. My thanks to editor Richard Skinner. Here is an image of the dress that inspired the poem:

Updates to my ‘about me’ page

I’ve recently made a few changes to this website/blog, including changing the site’s WordPress theme and updating my ‘About/Contact’ page. Like other WordPress users, I’ve found some of the recent technical changes to WordPress difficult to navigate and I’ve considered switching to a different platform (maybe Substack? Are any of you using that?). But, forContinue reading “Updates to my ‘about me’ page”

Making visual poems with flowers

I’ve used this blog before as a place to record workshop ideas, so I’m adding a post about some visual poems I’ve made as they would also work very well in a workshop. Here I’ve substituted flowers for syllables, words and rhymes in a few poetic forms (haiku, couplet, quatrain, end rhyme) but any foundContinue reading “Making visual poems with flowers”

New Poem in the 2021 Live Canon Anthology

My poem ‘A Baby Speaks on his Birthday in an Autumn Garden, 2020’ has been longlisted in this year’s Live Canon International Poetry Competition and will be published in their annual anthology. My thanks to the competition organisers, everyone at Live Canon and judge Jennifer Wong. More details and the full longlist available here.

New poems, reviews and visual pieces

I have two new poems, ‘To Love One Another’ and ‘True Crime’ in The North magazine, Issue 66, (the ‘Apart Together’ issue) available to pre-order here. In the same publication, I’ve reviewed new poetry collections by Katherine Stansfield (Seren Books), Maria Taylor (Nine Arches Press) and Jackie Wills (Arc Poetry). I’m continuing to post newContinue reading “New poems, reviews and visual pieces”

July Update

I have two new poems coming out in The North magazine, should be very soon. In the same issue, I’ve reviewed poetry collections by Maria Taylor, Katherine Stansfield and Jackie Wills. I’ve also had an acceptance for a poem in 14 magazine which will be published later this year. Many rejections which I won’t listContinue reading “July Update”

End of month blog and some wildflower poems

An end of month blog just to say hello. I’m not blogging much at all but quite often posting a picture or two on Instagram – which I think of as a micro blogging site. I have a pamphlet of poems without a publisher – that is, I haven’t found a publisher who wants theContinue reading “End of month blog and some wildflower poems”