Verse Matters Anthology Available Now!

The Verse Matters anthology has landed! It looks fabulous and is now available to buy from Valley Press.   All royalties go to ASSIST Sheffield who work with destitute asylum seekers, and the Archer Project in Sheffield who support homeless and vulnerable people. Featuring new writing from: Nick Allen, Charlotte Ansell, Catherine Ayres, Liz Berry, Jacob Blakesley, Laurie …

Book Launch: Verse Matters Anthology

Come and join us of the launch of the Verse Matters anthology, co-edited by myself and Helen Mort, published by the brilliant Valley Press.   The anthology aims to harness the power of everyday, human stories in these times of inequality, xenophobia and dehumanisation. The anthology includes unpublished poems by well-known writers including Malika Booker, Liz Berry …

Poetry in Leeds: Harrison, Stand & Strix

There’s lots of great poetry coming out of Leeds this week! My special issue of Stand (Tony Harrison Birthday Issue) arrived in the post today and it looks great! It includes articles by Simon Armitage, Jeffrey Wainwright, John Whale and Cécile Marshall, who has translated many of Harrison’s works into French. It also includes my article, “Tony …

Call for Papers: African Literature

The African Studies Association UK Conference will  take place at the University of Birmingham in September 2018. The Call for Papers for the conference is now open (deadline for submissions, 16 February 2018). I am co-organising a conference stream on African Literature with Jarad Zimbler, University of Birmingham: African Literature: Communities, Collaborations, Crafts and Crossings …

Epistolarity and World Literature

My book on letters has just been published online by Palgrave Macmillan, and will be available in print by the end of the month. Epistolarity and World Literature, 1980-2010 is part of a new series edited by Neil Lazarus and Pablo Mukherjee: New Comparisons in World Literature. The book examines the resurgence of the literary letter at the end …

A Snake in the Garden (Stand 15.2)

This is the proof of a short article that I wrote for the Special Issue of Stand on Geoffrey Hill. The issue is full of great poems, articles, photographs and tributes, including by John Whale, Sarah Prescott, Jeffrey Wainwright, Elaine Glover, Jon Glover, Hannah Copley and many more! A Snake in the Garden. Stand 15.2 (2017) …

New Poems, Books, Harrison & Hill

It’s been a busy old month finishing off as many things as I can before my maternity leave! I’m pleased to have some new poems published in the wonderful Foxglove Journal of Poetry and Fiction, including Waiting, New Beginnings and Cherries. The Geoffrey Hill Special Issue of Stand has also just been published, which includes my article about …

Verse Matters – what’s next…

Thanks to Seven Hills Film for the lovely highlights video from our Verse Matters ( South Yorkshire Poetry Festival) event in May at the Moor Theatre Delicatessen!  The night included performances from Salena Godden,  Kate Fox, Hive Young Writers (14-25s) Kevin Titterton, Angelina Abel with the CORS/PO performance, Mina Salama (Arts on the Run). You can also see clips of the wonderful Jepps Books (Sheffield’s …