Review of ‘Every Little Sound’ by Ruby Robinson

Reading Ruby Robinson’s debut collection Every Little Sound (Liverpool University Press, 2016) in the early days of the EU Referendum result, my ears were still ringing with one of the Leave campaign’s key slogans: “Take back Control,” an imperative phrase masquerading as a promise of freedom, and a reminder of the power dynamics at work in… Continue reading Review of ‘Every Little Sound’ by Ruby Robinson

‘You say drone’ featured at Lifesaving Poems

Anthony Wilson has written about my poem 'You say drone' from my pamphlet The Misplaced House in his Lifesaving Poems feature. I first read You say “drone” on the Poems in Which website, Issue 4 (2013). What struck me then, and still amazes me now, is its controlled fury while retaining its central identity as a made… Continue reading ‘You say drone’ featured at Lifesaving Poems

Some Poetry Reviews

Before I attend Claire Trévien's Poetry Reviewing Workshop later on today, I thought, in best Blue Peter tradition,  I'd link to some reviews I wrote earlier. I've posted reviews of two poetry collections on this blog, Riddance by Anthony Wilson and The Night my Sister went to Hollywood by Hilda Sheehan. I have three OPOI reviews at Sphinx… Continue reading Some Poetry Reviews

My micropoem featured in Standard Issue

'Picnic' a tiny poem I wrote for Manchester Review's 2014 micropoem competition (it came second) has received a delicious write-up in Hazel Burke's poetry column at Standard Issue magazine. The best treats come as surprises.  Do have a read of Hazel's column and dive into Standard Issue.

Pamphlet or full collection?

Can I sound you out about something? What do you prefer reading, pamphlets or full collections?  Do you buy either, both, or none? What about writing?  Have you published a pamphlet or a full collection or both?  Which came first? Why?  Have you published more than one pamphlet?  Have you NEVER published a pamphlet?  Did… Continue reading Pamphlet or full collection?

All Day Sonnets in Winchester

On Saturday, 23 April I spent the afternoon at Winchester Discovery Centre which is where most of the events for Winchester Poetry Festival will take place in October.  The Festival hosted 'All Day Sonnets,' a marathon sonnet reading from 10am until 5pm, open to anyone who signed up beforehand to read one of Shakespeare's 154 sonnets, on… Continue reading All Day Sonnets in Winchester

In praise of poetry festivals

I haven't been to that many (Swindon, Reading, Winchester, Aldeburgh, to be exact) but, so far, I've enjoyed all of them.  Hearing poets read their own work reminds me of hearing my favourite tunes at a live concert. The anecdotes you hear between poems are also, usually, very interesting and entertaining and often offer insights into… Continue reading In praise of poetry festivals

Two poetry evenings in the West Country

Since I last posted, I've been to a couple of poetry evenings.  The first was at Trowbridge Civic Centre to hear the Palestinian-American poet and activist Remi Kanazi perform his work and the second was Love Night at the Poetry Cafe in Frome organised by writer and tutor Crysse Morrison. It's a treat to attend poetry events… Continue reading Two poetry evenings in the West Country

One year since my pamphlet was published

It's one year since my poetry pamphlet, The Misplaced House, was published by tall-lighthouse.  Thank you to everyone who's bought my book.  According to Gareth Lewis, editor and publisher at tall-lighthouse, The Misplaced House ranks in the top five bestsellers of all poetry titles ever published by the press.  While this news hasn't sent me… Continue reading One year since my pamphlet was published

Stephen Payne’s publication story

I wanted to share with you this great post on Fiona Moore's blog about how Stephen Payne came to publish his debut collection with HappenStance. Pattern Beyond Chance has just been published, nine years after Stephen first emailed HappenStance publisher, Helena Nelson, with a tentative enquiry about critiquing his poems. It's fascinating to read how… Continue reading Stephen Payne’s publication story