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 … Continue reading Tony Harrison’s Unblinking Eye

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 … Continue reading Verse Matters Anthology Available Now!

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 The anthology includes unpublished poems by well-known writers including Malika Booker, Liz Berry … Continue reading Book Launch: Verse Matters Anthology

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 … Continue reading Poetry in Leeds: Harrison, Stand & Strix

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 … Continue reading Call for Papers: African Literature

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 … Continue reading Epistolarity and World Literature