My guide to getting your poetry published

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”

Developing a conscious writing practice 2: writing projects

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”

A tale of two (or more) stories: a photo essay

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”

Developing a conscious writing practice

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”

Snail experiments

Over the last few weeks I’ve been revisiting a project that I undertook in 2014, in which I collaborated with snails. I noticed that after periods of summer rain, the gravelled front garden of the house where I was living with friends would come alive with snails. I remember that summer as one of warmContinue reading “Snail experiments”

Adventures in Reading: Waves of histories, parallel stories

The fifth instalment of my Adventures in Reading newsletter has gone live today. This month’s essay looks at These Bones Will Rise Again by Panashe Chigumadzi, and Exquisite Cadavers by Meena Kandasamy. Taking in the waves of history, questions of fiction and documentary, and questions of complicity, I hope you’ll enjoy the essay and beContinue reading “Adventures in Reading: Waves of histories, parallel stories”

NCW Book Club: A Line Made by Walking

It’s been a pleasure to curate and produce the second NCW Book Club. This time our chosen book is A Line Made by Walking by Sara Baume. Through a combination of podcasts, Zoom discussions and a Discord community, we’ve been discussing the book with readers from around the world and hearing from Sara herself aboutContinue reading “NCW Book Club: A Line Made by Walking”

NCW The Writing Life podcast: the responsibility of the writer with Kendel Hippolyte

Back in October I had the pleasure of speaking to poet Kendel Hippolyte during his UK tour for the release of his latest collection, Wordplanting. We spoke about writing across different forms and the responsibilities that writers have towards their art and their reader. Click here to hear more.