Project update: listening, waves, unfurling

Back in 2019 I wrote about my hopes for a new poetry project, which I called “that listening space” for the time being. I now call it CYMA, for ease, and as the project evolves. I thought I’d share an update on where the project has taken me to date, some of the challenges I’ve…… Continue reading Project update: listening, waves, unfurling

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 insight…… Continue 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 writing…… Continue 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 Jerry…… Continue 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 improving…… Continue reading Developing a conscious writing practice

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 be…… Continue reading Adventures in Reading: Waves of histories, parallel stories

Neighbourliness

While we’ve all been staying in our flats and houses during the past ten weeks of lockdown, I have been getting to know my neighbours. This is an unusual pastime for me. During the day I’m normally at work, and in the evenings – even warm, outdoorsy sort of summer evenings – I’m either working…… Continue reading Neighbourliness

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 about…… Continue reading NCW Book Club: A Line Made by Walking

Three poems in Anthropocene

My poems “the other body”, “houseplants” and “still life with mangelwurzel” have been published today in Anthropocene poetry journal. Big thanks to Charlie and the Anthropocene team, and I hope people enjoy reading them. You can do so here.