My debut book of poems, the other body, is now published and available from Guillemot Press. Join me, Petero Kalule and Clarissa Alvarez for our joint launch event on 14 October 2021.
Today is my last day of working at National Centre for Writing. It’s been ten years since I first interned there, six years since I joined the core team, and two since I took on the role of Programme Manager. During my time at NCW I’ve run festivals, international symposia, and literally hundreds of events.Continue reading “My NCW highlights”
Back in 2021 I launched my debut poetry book, the other body, and I’m delighted that the launch is now available to relive and enjoy on YouTube.
Recently my debut poetry book, the other body, has received some good reviews. I’m really glad to know that it has connected with readers so far, and it’s fascinating to see the different facets and interpretations that people are picking up on. Reviewing the other body on his blog, Billy Mills notices the search forContinue reading “the other body reviewed”
I’ve had great fun over the last couple of weeks talking to my colleague Simon on The Writing Life podcast about how to get your poetry published. This is a question I’m often asked in my work as a programmer at National Centre for Writing, and I hope that the combination of my professional insightContinue reading “My guide to getting your poetry published”
In the first part of my series of posts about developing a conscious writing practice, I looked at the benefits of reflecting on one’s writing practice, and how I’ve come to be more aware of my own writing rhythms and productivity. In this second part I’m going to think about how I’ve gone from writingContinue reading “Developing a conscious writing practice 2: writing projects”
This year I founded Vessel, a new indie zine exploring poems as containers. Joining me to guest edit issue one is my long-time collaborator and friend Cat Woodward. As the submissions window for issue one draws to a close (23:59 BST on 28 August – more info here) we thought we’d do a short podcastContinue reading “Vessel: the first podcast, with Cat Woodward”
Six months into writing my monthly Adventures in Reading newsletter, which traces my journeys in books, libraries and bibliophilia, I thought now felt like a great time to review my adventures so far. You can find out all about my Adventures in Reading here – why I write them, why reading is so important toContinue reading “Adventures in Reading: the story so far”
It’s the last day of the month, which means it’s time for the latest in my Adventures in Reading series of essays. This time, in “A book holds many stories” I explore how books as physical objects hold stories beyond the printed word. I mix words and photographs, taking inspiration from Chirodeep Chaudhuri and JerryContinue reading “A tale of two (or more) stories: a photo essay”
Around June-July for the last three years in a row, I’ve had a really productive writing time. In the space of a few weeks each summer, I seem to make more progress than I would usually do over 6 months, in terms of both ending up with a near-complete manuscript or two, and of improvingContinue reading “Developing a conscious writing practice”