Over the last year, I've been working on a project called Collections in Verse in Sheffield, commissioned by the British Library and Poet in the City, along with two other brilliant poets - Joe Kriss and Kayo Chingonyi. The idea of the project is to bring the British Library exhibitions to life through poetry and … Continue reading Sheffield Stories – Collections in Verse
I have been absent because of the current crisis, but I'm here to tell you about the wonderful #StayAtHome!LiteraryFestival, organised at lightening speed by the brilliant Carolyn Jess-Cooke in partnership with Paper Nations. A flood of writers and artists responded to Carolyn's initial Tweet about the idea on Twitter and within a few days the … Continue reading Stay At Home! Literary Festival
'"Hope" is the thing with feathers - That perches in the soul...' (Emily Dickinson) I am delighted that I will be the Guest Editor of the A3 Review for the next few months. The magazine that behaves like a map! We are now open for submissions on the theme of #Hope. Dangerous hope, the audacity … Continue reading A3 Review & ‘Hope’
There are only three days left to enter the Liz Ferrets Poetry Competition judged by me, Sez Thomasin and Kate Garrett. Liz was a brilliant poet and performer from Sheffield and the competition celebrates her life and writing. The winners will be announced at The Showroom (Sheffield) on Monday 17 January. The competition is free … Continue reading Liz Ferrets Poetry Competition
I am happy to have just had two poems published in the Christmas Special of the Bangor Literary Journal, guest edited by Gaynor Kane. The special issue is available to download free. Thank you to Gaynor, and to the editors, Amy Louise Wyatt and Paul Daniel Rafferty, for all their hard work. Merry Christmas to … Continue reading Two Christmas Poems
This is the proof of my review of Rebecca Goss's Girl (Carcanet, 2019), published in the most recent issue of Stand Magazine (17.3), guest edited by Vahni Capildeo. Rebecca Goss’s Girl sparks with light, electricity, bodies. This collection of spare, precise poems, characterised by Goss’s distinctive control of her material, not only explores what it is to … Continue reading Review: Girl by Rebecca Goss
I am delighted that my story, "Holly", has been long-listed for the Royal Society of Literature's V.S. Pritchett Short Story Award. Congratulations to everyone on the list, and thank you to the judges for their time and hard work!