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”

My book cover

My poetry book What Are You After? is now available to pre-order direct from Nine Arches Press. I thought I’d share my new book cover with you and tell you something about how it came about.  It features a painting ‘Transient II’ by my friend and artist Mary Petrovska.  Mary is one of the firstContinue reading “My book cover”

The end of another term of writing at St Gregory’s

I can hardly believe that after Easter, I’ll be starting my final term as Writer in Residence at St Gregory’s Catholic College, Bath.  The time has whizzed by.  This term, as well as reading and writing poetry, students have written crime fiction, particularly looking at very short stories (flash fiction).  We received the good newsContinue reading “The end of another term of writing at St Gregory’s”

Enter the National Poetry Library’s Instapoetry Competition

There’s still time to send in a poem or poem film to the National Poetry Library’s Instagram Poetry Competition.  Deadline is Wednesday, 21 March. The National Poetry Library is asking poets and Instagrammers alike to share their work on Instagram, by tagging the library @nationalpoetrylibrary and using the hashtag #instapoetrylib. We are also looking for shortContinue reading “Enter the National Poetry Library’s Instapoetry Competition”

My short story ‘Algebra’ on BBC Radio 4 Extra

Last year, out of the blue, I received an email from the BBC’s Rights, Legal and Business Affairs department to ask permission to repeat my radio work, a play and a short story, on BBC Radio 4 Extra.  Naturally I said yes!  My play The Songs that Houses Sing was broadcast on February 13 andContinue reading “My short story ‘Algebra’ on BBC Radio 4 Extra”

The Songs that Houses Sing on BBC Radio 4 Extra

My radio play The Songs that Houses Sing has been repeated on BBC Radio 4 Extra and is available on iPlayer for two more days. The play, first broadcast in 2000, stars Mia Soteriou as Alice,  Allison Pettitt as Iris, Paul Copley as Gus, Sarah Rice as Phillippa, and Joshua Towb as John. The play isContinue reading “The Songs that Houses Sing on BBC Radio 4 Extra”

Trowbridge named in up and coming places list

I’ve sometimes mentioned Trowbridge, the town that has been my home for the past 15 years, and a place which is sometimes maligned by thoughtless people.  It’s true that Trowbridge is a work in progress with huge room for improvement, but it’s also a place with huge potential, with affordable housing, good state schools, andContinue reading “Trowbridge named in up and coming places list”

Poet Bloggers 2018 Revival Tour

I’m a pretty regular blogger but I have let things slip a bit recently, mostly because I’ve been busy doing other kinds of writing.  In a bid to up my game,  I’ve been kindly added to this list of poet bloggers who are trying to blog weekly in 2018. You can also add yourself toContinue reading “Poet Bloggers 2018 Revival Tour”

At the year’s halfway point

My children’s exams are over.  For my son, a season of campouts and festivals has already begun. My daughter also has exciting, if slightly less grungy, plans.  Four years worth of scrawled-on paper, deep piles of exercise books, text books, files, revision cards, notebooks, stationery, bottles of Rescue Remedy, school uniforms, pots of lunch moneyContinue reading “At the year’s halfway point”

Reading at Bath Festival, Saturday May 20

Just to say that I’ll be reading with my Poetry Society Stanza group, The Town Hall Poets, this Saturday, May 20th, in Bath as part of the free events programme at Bath Festival. We’ll be on Southgate Stage (outside the Apple store) at 11am, then in Kingsmead Square from 12.30 – 1.15pm, in Alfred StreetContinue reading “Reading at Bath Festival, Saturday May 20”