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”

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.

The Circus of the Marvellously Menopausal Woman

A new poem of mine has been longlisted in Live Canon’s International Poetry Competition. Naturally, I’m sad that it didn’t make it to the shortlist and so won’t be performed by the amazing Live Canon Ensemble at the Prizewinners’ Show (which is always a gorgeous afternoon of poetry and camaraderie and really worth attending –Continue reading “The Circus of the Marvellously Menopausal Woman”

Do you remember those wild, out of control, pre-referendum days?

  Just to say that I’m thrilled that Live Canon decided to film the poems shortlisted in this year’s competition.  Here is the text of my poem, followed by the film.   Do you remember those wild, out of control, pre-Referendum days When learner drivers raced down the hard-shoulder And horses rampaged in the busContinue reading “Do you remember those wild, out of control, pre-referendum days?”

In which I’m packing for Greenbelt

All of my family, husband, daughter, son, son’s girlfriend, and me, are off to Greenbelt this weekend for the first time, and we’re all taking wellies and waterproofs and layers and a torch, as we’ve been advised by more experienced festival-goers than us.   I’m looking forward to reading with Nancy Campbell, Sasha Dugdale andContinue reading “In which I’m packing for Greenbelt”

2013 Live Canon Poetry Competition Prize Giving Show

I was extremely happy to be a part of this entertaining event at Greenwich Theatre, London SE10 on Sunday, 24th November.  The Live Canon Poetry Competition is different to most other poetry comps because not only are all shortlisted poems published in a handsomely produced anthology, they are also performed on stage by members of theContinue reading “2013 Live Canon Poetry Competition Prize Giving Show”