I’m very pleased to be teaching an online course for Writers Centre Norwich and UEA this Autumn. This will be an introductory course for those starting out and we’ll be looking at a wide range of reading material from contemporary British and American Poetry for inspiration. Full details are here.
We’ll be hosting a special free bank holiday weekend edition of The Blend this evening with poetry from Anna Kirk, James Trevelyan, and Kristiana Colón. There will also be open mic performers and work from the hosts.
Tickets available here:
I have been asked to give a special reading at Library Members’ Club in Covent Garden on March 25th and thought it would be a perfect opportunity to read some new poems from the manuscript in public for the first time. On the evening I’ll be reading the full eleven-part version of my long poem ‘calling a spade a spade’ alongside an alternate take of ‘Passing’ a long poem set in Essex in 2000 when UKG was all over the charts and everybody had lyrics. I might even sneak in some poems from the dedications series in the book which includes: ‘For those who wait till the moment has passed’, ‘For those who mispronounce my name’, and ‘For those orphaned late in life’.
It would be amazing to see you there, if you’re London-based. If not, see you soon. I am in Ireland and, via live-stream, Austin (TX) in April and Sheffield in May.
I’m very pleased to be editing issue 62 of Magma, with the assistance of Chris Kerr. I’ve been a fan of the magazine for a while and am looking forward to being surprised by the poems that come in. The call for contributions is here.
Some of you might know that, as well as poems, I write songs. As it happens, it was songwriting that got me into poetry. After taking a break from recording songs I’m happy to be back in the studio working on new material. Here’s a track from an EP I’m working on with Rapsz Katai entitled Trial and Error. You can keep up with my musical output by checking out the music page on this site, where I’ll be posting new stuff.