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”

January 2021 at And Other Poems

Jessica Mookherjee began the new year at And Other Poems with two poems offering glimpses of the end of the world, and dreams of the moon singing Indian lullabies on the pier at Mumbles Head.   Eve Ellis, meanwhile, gave us a prose poem about watching a film on TV, maybe a real film orContinue reading “January 2021 at And Other Poems”

December 2020 at And Other Poems

I opened submissions at my poetry site And Other Poems in November, after a break of 20 months.  Over 700 poems arrived and I’ve been posting selected poems ever since.  I wrote about November poems here, and this post includes links to all of the poems posted in December, and some snippets. I hope youContinue reading “December 2020 at And Other Poems”

Interview with Children’s Poet Shauna Darling Robertson

  Hi Shauna, and congratulations on the publication of your first book-length collection for children, Saturdays at the Imaginarium (Troika Books, 2020). How long did the book take you to write?   Thanks very much – and good question! I guess the process began five years ago when I spent a wonderful week at theContinue reading “Interview with Children’s Poet Shauna Darling Robertson”

November 2020 at And Other Poems

The subtitle of this post could be “Hold your phone sideways” since this is the best way to read poems on websites if you’re reading from your phone. Once you do it, you’ll never regret it.   This month, my poetry site And Other Poems opened its doors again after a twenty month break. IContinue reading “November 2020 at And Other Poems”

Sequence of nine prose poems/collages

I’ve written about my sequence ‘Once Upon a Lockdown’ before but this is the first time I’ve been able to post all nine pieces together. I began this writing as a sequence of diary entries/prose poems/poems and then reworked each section into a collage using natural materials from my garden, photos from my camera rollContinue reading “Sequence of nine prose poems/collages”

I have forgotten your fingertips

This is the first creative piece I’ve made for my Time to Write commission from Paper Nations which I wrote about in a previous post.  Paper Nations have asked for creative responses to ‘isolation’. I’ve used text from The Guardian newspaper and found natural materials from my garden.   I hope the text of theContinue reading “I have forgotten your fingertips”

We found the O My! in No Mow May

I’ve made a poem collage for  the Begin Afresh Campaign for Poets for the Planet  following their open call for poems which reads as follows: Poets for the Planet warmly invite you to join us in writing poems on the theme of ‘beginning afresh’. We are calling for poems that respond to the need forContinue reading “We found the O My! in No Mow May”