Tone Deaf

My poem ‘Tone Deaf’ was published today by Atrium Poetry. These are the first few lines – go and check out their site to read the whole thing and lots of poems by other excellent writers… “Before you were born I was tone deaf silently mouthing songs at funerals afraid of voicing my breath. But you … More Tone Deaf

Tony Harrison’s Unblinking Eye

This is the proof of an article originally published in Stand Magazine 15.3 (2017) At the end of April 2017, poets, directors, academics and publishers came together to celebrate the remarkable work of Tony Harrison on his eightieth birthday at the British Academy in London. The range of tributes was impressive: from Lee Hall’s moving account of how … More Tony Harrison’s Unblinking Eye

The power of words

There’s a great write-up of the Verse Matters anthology in the Yorkshire Post this week. Yvette Hiddleston says There is a huge diversity and range of work here, all imbued with a forceful sense of the potential power of hope and humanity, dialogue and empathy. It is an important, healing book for our divisive times. … More The power of words

They’re at it

I’ve been writing a poem a day over Christmas for #12DaysofForm and wrote a little sonnet from the speeches of Mhairi Black MP. Not my usual style but it’s an important subject…  #fixuniversalcredit

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 … More Verse Matters Anthology Available Now!

New poems

There are some lovely poetry journals around, and I’ve had the pleasure of publishing in a few of them this month. My poem “Note to a Neighbour” was published this month in the sparkling “Ice and Snow” issue of The Writers’ Cafe Magazine #3. They’ve got a call out for their next issue, “Time and Space”, so check … More New poems

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 The anthology includes unpublished poems by well-known writers including Malika Booker, Liz Berry … More Book Launch: Verse Matters Anthology