Writing the Climate

I’ve been thinking (and writing) a lot recently about the climate emergency, and its unequal impact on different communities across the world. I am delighted that one of my new stories relating to this is published in The Hopper today. If you’re interested in reading and writing more about the climate, poet Linda France is …

Free writing workshop

I’m running a lunchtime writing workshop on Wednesday 5 May at Union St (online), exploring extraordinary things in everyday life. Come and join me to reflect on ordinary objects, routines and rooms, and to track down glimmers of hope, light and optimism! You don’t need any previous writing experience – just register and come along! …

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’ …