Listening Project: Poem, Film, Tapestry

On 25 February, I took part in Digesting History – an event created as part of Collections in Verse: a collaboration between Poet in the City, The British Library and Sheffield Libraries. Inspired by the Anglo-Saxon tradition of feasting, the event brought people together in their homes for a unique dinner time experience, including the premiere …

For the babies born at sea

My new sestina “Water Birth” has just been published in the new issue of The London Magazine. The poem is available on The London Magazine website, and the full print issue is now also available to order. The poem is about the babies born in the Mediterranean Sea, many of them in treacherous conditions or …

Digital Feast – Sheffield Poetry/ Film

Tickets are now available for Digesting History, an online poetry/ dining event on 25 February at 8pm. It’s a collaboration between The British Library and Poet in the City, and there’ll be new poetry from myself, Kayo Chingonyi and Joe Kriss, as well as the premier of a new film, directed by the award-winning artist …

Missing in the Archives

This is an extract from my article (just published in Stand 18.3), about the urgency of creating new records and archives in response to absences in official archives. from Unofficial Archives in the 1950s and 1960s: Leeds, Ibadan, Hull and Zaria “… Over the last couple of years I have been researching some of the …

Butcher’s Dog 14 Launch

Butcher’s Dog is a brilliant poetry magazine published in the North East of England. I’m delighted to have a poem in Issue 14, edited with care and precision by Jo Clement and Aoife Lyall, both excellent poets in their own right. At the launch the Editors talked about how the poems in this issue ‘bridge’ …

Teaching & Events Online

This week I’ve been teaching Creative Writing to new students at the University of Leeds via online seminars. As my work usually involves a lot of live workshops and readings, I’ve been thinking hard over recent weeks about how to create welcoming, supportive spaces online: how can we re-create effective, friendly workshops and literary salons …

Interview: Martin Banham

A few extracts from my recent interview with Professor Martin Banham, published in the anniversary issue of Moving Worlds (20.1). In the inaugural issue of Moving Worlds, Martin introduced an extract from Wole Soyinka’s highly satirical play, King Baabu. Martin has nurtured a lifelong passion for African theatre and performance cultures: after graduating from the University of Leeds in …