Some things you might like

Perhaps you already know about the following but in case you don't: Places of Poetry is open to everyone.  It's an online place, a map of England and Wales, for you to pin your poem about place, on the place it's about.  Read more about what the project is about here.  I know that a … Continue reading Some things you might like

Poetry Reading plus Open-Mic in Devizes, Sunday June 16

I'm reading poems from my book What Are You After?  (published 2018 by Nine Arches Press) and new poems, on Sunday, June 16th, 5-7pm in the cellar of The Vaults Alehouse.  Here is a link to my event on the festival website. There will also be an opportunity to perform your poems at the open-mic.  This … Continue reading Poetry Reading plus Open-Mic in Devizes, Sunday June 16

Poetry responding to climate change

Like many people I've been thinking more and more about climate change, inspired by the activism of Greta Thunberg and others.  Recent poetry events like the 2018 Ginkgo Prize readings at Poetry in Aldeburgh (by the way, the 2019 Ginkgo Prize - "the world's biggest ecopoetry prize" - has just launched) and the Autumn 2018 … Continue reading Poetry responding to climate change

Listening to ‘Fountain’ by Ari Banias & other poems

I'm not convinced that the knee surgery I had just before Christmas to treat a meniscus tear has completely worked. There is still quite a lot of pain (which wakes me up at night) but I think the pain is better than it was before. Anyway, bla bla bla, health issues. I'm alive! And one … Continue reading Listening to ‘Fountain’ by Ari Banias & other poems

Book Review: Kin by Hugh Dunkerley

The cover image of Hugh Dunkerley's new poetry collection (Kin, Cinnamon Press, 2019) is of a newborn baby emerging from a birthing pool so I was expecting to read poems about human vulnerability, frailty, pain, the complexities of parenthood, anxiety and joy, among other things, and I wasn't disappointed. Poems in the first two thirds … Continue reading Book Review: Kin by Hugh Dunkerley

#NaPoWriMo

I think it's wonderful that there's such a thing as National Poetry Month in the USA and it's great that it's really easy to join in wherever you are.   April is also National Poetry Writing Month - #NaPoWriMo - which can also be fun/inspiring/challenging to participate in. I'm not taking part in #NaPoWriMo as such … Continue reading #NaPoWriMo

Stephen Lightbown and Caleb Parkin to read at Trowbridge Stanza

Trowbridge Stanza is looking forward to welcoming poets Stephen Lightbown and Caleb Parkin to read at Drawing Projects UK, Trowbridge, (Drawing Projects UK is in Bridge House, next to Trowbridge train station) on Saturday April 6, 2-4pm.  There will also be the opportunity to perform your own poems at the open-mic.  Tickets are £3 on … Continue reading Stephen Lightbown and Caleb Parkin to read at Trowbridge Stanza

World Poetry Day

Today is World Poetry Day but if you're involved in poetry in any way, every day is a poetry day, isn't it?  My social media feeds are mostly jammed with posts about Brexit but some poetry has seeped through, sometimes about Brexit.  I like this poem by Laxinx actor and writer Guido Garcia Luechas which … Continue reading World Poetry Day

New Old(ish) Poets Society

Thanks to Afshan D'souza-Lodhi at The Common Sense Network for publishing my short piece, New Oldish Poets Society - which you can read here - detailing twelve women poets who've recently published their first pamphlet or collection in their late 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s.  I've read a few articles recently charting the rise in … Continue reading New Old(ish) Poets Society

A poem a day in the days leading up to Brexit

Just sharing with you the news that poet Martyn Crucefix is going to be posting a poem a day on his blog, starting on March 1st and ending on March 29th - the day when the UK is supposed to be leaving the EU. Martyn writes that this sequence of new poems "has been written … Continue reading A poem a day in the days leading up to Brexit