Friday 19th October... "Humanagerie" – an anthology of creaturely poetry and prose, edited by Allen Ashley and me, and published by David Rix's elegant Eibonvale Press – will be released into the wild on Friday 19th October at the British Fantasy Society's annual convention, Fantasy Con, in Chester. The cover, designed by David, hints beautifully at the 'animal within'.
I am honoured to have had a poem Highly Commended in the Best Single Poem category of the Forward Prizes for Poetry 2018. "The woman who married an alchemist" was first published in literary gem, "The Fenland Reed", and has been included in the "Forward Book of Poetry 2019":
24th September... My poem, "Ivy", has been published at the popular poetry webzine, "Algebra of Owls", and can be read at this link:
22nd September... My poem, "Love Knots" (originally published in charity anthology, "Hands and Wings"), has been republished at Kate Garrett's charity fund-raising webzine, Bonnie's Crew:
11th September... My poem, "Threads", is published today at Abegail Morley's highly-regarded webzine, The Poetry Shed. Originally written for the Pre-Raphaelite Society, the poem was inspired by the "May Morris: Art and Life" exhibition at the William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow.
My poem, "The Silence Factory", has been published in Indigo Dreams Press's prestigious "Reach Poetry" magazine. Purchasing details may be viewed here:
I have been placed third in the Paper Swans Press pamphlet competition 2018. The esteemed judge, Abegail Morley, said of my manuscript in her judge's report that “From the opening poem [the collection] had me gripped. [...] I was immediately hooked and the poet did not disappoint. I was inside this book [...] – here are great titles, each thoughtfully placed in the narrative – the weight of each beautifully tipping into the next. The language was precise, there was a lot of clear thinking in this to make it as tight as possible and the meticulous editing paid off.” Many thanks indeed to Abegail for these generous words, and congratulations to the winner and all longlistees. Full details can be viewed here:
My poem, "Corn Dolly", has received another publication, this time in the anthology, "Words for the Wild", edited by Amanda Oosthuizen and Louise Taylor, who curate the beautifully-produced webzine of the same name. Information can viewed here:
Thursday 28th June... I will be reading at the London launch of "The Lonely Crowd", alongside a variety of other readers from the journal. This is an all-ticketed event, with booking information here:
Sunday 24th June... I will be reading at the inaugural Enfield Literary Festival, as part of Allen Ashley's presentation of his advanced monthly writing, group, Clockhouse London Writers. Details are in the poster below.
My poem, "Corn Dolly", has received another reprint, this time in "Volta", a Salo Press anthology that gathers together readers from Volta poetry events that took place in Norwich during 2017. Edited by Sophie Essex, the book can be purchased at this link:
I have four poems published in the new edition of the renowned journal, "The Lonely Crowd". Details can be viewed here:
My poem "Paint Box" has been published in the ever-excellent lit-mag, "The Fenland Reed". For more details on the magazine, please visit:
I am co-editing an exciting new anthology with Allen Ashley; "Humanagerie" will explore the liminal intersection(s) between animals and humanity, and will be published by David Rix's elegant Eibonvale Press in late 2018. Submissions of poetry and short fiction are invited from 1st March until 31st May, and full submission guidelines may be read here:
For more information about Eibonvale Press, please visit:
8th March... Launch of #MeToo poetry anthology, Waterstones, Tottentham Court Road, London. My poem, #MeToo, originally published in "The Morning Star", has been included in an important new anthology of the same name, edited by Deborah Alma and published by Fairacre Press. All proceeds go to the charity, Women's Aid. For purchasing details, please visit:
23rd January... I have had two poems – "Owl" and "Bertha, on fire" –shortlisted in the WoLF (Wolverhampton Lit Fest) Poetry Prize, and included in the competition anthology:
21st January... My experimental poem, "cob", is included in the latest edition of American literary journal, "The Maine Review"; a beautifully-produced publication.
12th January... I have been asked to contribute a couple of poems to new nature-themed webzine, Words for the Wild, the first of which can be read here:
My poem, "The Trump Days of Christmas", has been published on the Poetry24 website, and can be read at this link:
My poem, "Hollowed", which was shortlisted in the Frogmore Prize, has been published in issue 90 of "The Frogmore Papers".
25th October... I have two poems published in the new edition of excellent lit-mag, "The Fenland Reed", one of which - "The woman who married an alchemist" - is featured on the magazine's website, and may be read at this link:
19th October... My poem called #MeToo has been published in the "Morning Star" newspaper. Additionally, the poem may be read at this link:
14th October... My poem "Vulpa" has been commended by Sarah Howe in the Winchester Poetry Prize, and is included in the competition anthology, which can be purchased via the link below:
12th October... My specular poem, "How we met ourselves", inspired by a Rossetti painting, is published in the new "PRS Review". For information about the Pre-Raphaelite Society, please visit:
4th October... My poem "Unholy" (winner of the 2015 William Blake Poetry Prize) will feature in "Write to be Counted", an important new anthology championing tolerance and human rights. The book is being launched at The Poetry Cafe in Covent Garden at 7pm on Thursday 4th of October, with all proceeds from the evening and from future sales supporting the international writers' charity, PEN. More details can be viewed here:
Friday 29th September... I will be contributing to a panel discussion on "The role and relevance of genre poetry" at the British Fantasy Society's annual convention, FantasyCon, which is being held this year in Peterborough. I was particularly honoured to have had three of my poems included in the convention's glossy souvenir brochure.
3rd July... As Poet-in-Residence to the Pre-Raphaelite Society, two of my poems have been published in the latest edition of the "PRS Review". The first, "Remains", was inspired Edward Burne-Jones' painting, "Love Among the Ruins"; the second, "A Bridesmaid's Prayer", was inspired by "The Bridesmaid", painted by Sir John Everett Millais. For details of the Pre-Raphaelite Society, including information on how to become a member, please visit:
1st July... As I've written a couple of articles for the Wordsworth Trust's blog, I recently had the pleasure of spending a weekend in Grasmere with other 'Wordsworthians'. I've written about my wonderful weekend here:
My poem, "Hollowed", has been shortlisted in the highly-regarded Frogmore Prize, and will be published in issue 90 of "The Frogmore Papers" this autumn.
20th May... My poem "Man and Tree", inspired by the 'Gristhorpe Man' exhibition at Scarborough's Rotunda Museum, has been published in the excellent web-journal, "Picaroon Poetry", and can be read at this link:
1st April... "Best of British", an exciting new anthology from Paper Swans Press, is being launched at the George pub, Tunbridge Wells, Kent at 7.30pm on Saturday, April 1st. I am delighted that the book is to include my poem "The Scots Girls of Great Yarmouth". Purchasing details can be viewed here:
15th March... My MA Creative Writing anthology, "Bedford Square 10", has its launch at Keats House in Hampstead. I will be giving a reading, along with my cohort. The book is available to purchase from Amazon via this link:
14th March... I am pleased that a poem of mine was shortlisted in the York Mix Poetry Competition 2017.
Monday 20th February... I will be a guest reader, along with lots of other lovely poets, at the Troubadour in Earl's Court, London. The evening's poetry will be weather-themed – rain or shine! 8pm start. Details are here:
1st January... I'm delighted to start the new year with a competition placing. My poem "Sea Salt Sleep" has been commended in Cafe Writers' poetry competition.
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21st December... My poem "All through the wintertime" has been highly commended in Cannon Poets' Sonnet or Not competition, and published in "The Cannon's Mouth"; another poem of mine was commended.
20th December... "Watcher of the Skies" (an anthology of space-themed poetry for children, published this year by The Emma Press) has received a lovely review by Emily Lakdawalla of The Planetary Society, in which my poem "Uranus: Roll Up, Roll Up" gets a nice mention:
14th December... My poem "Winter Song" has been published in a new seasonal anthology, "Midwinter", from Three Drops Press.
Details can be viewed here:
11th December... My poem "Fish" has the honour of being the opening poem in an exciting new anthology called "Tailfins and Sealskins" from Three Drops Press, on the theme of water-lore.
Details can be viewed here:
10th December... I will be reading my poem "Winter Song" as part of the programme of "Festive Words and Music" at St Andrew's Church, Alexandra Park Road, Muswell Hill, London N10. The evening starts at 7pm, and includes choristers, musicians and other spoken word artists. All welcome, and collections will be made on the night for charitable causes.
26th November... Along with many fine poets, I will be reading at the launch of issue 3 of "The Fenland Reed" at The Babylon Gallery in Ely, Cambridgeshire, at 7.30pm.
I’m delighted that my poem “That hot summer” is one of 25
shortlisted in the Live Canon Poetry Competition, and will be published in the competition anthology. The poem will be performed by one of the ensemble’s
talented professional actors, along with the other shortlisted poems, at the prize-giving gala at Greenwich Theatre on Sunday 20th November 2016. Details of the shortlist and the performance
are at the links below:
31st October... I have three poems published in "Liminal Time, Liminal Space", a new anthology from American publisher, Between the Lines.
27th October... The new edition of excellent literary journal, "The Fenland Reed", has just been published, and contains my poem "Flounder". Purchasing details can be viewed here:
22nd October... The new Samhain anthology from Three Drops from a Cauldon has been published online and in print. The anthology features my poem "Corn Dolly".
Details can be found on the Three Drops' website:
10th October... The new edition of the Pre-Raphaelite Society's "Review" has been published, and includes two of my PRB-inspired poems: "The Golden Stairs" and "William De Morgan's Blackbird Vase". For information about the Society, and details of how to join, please visit:
Saturday 1st October... Along with many fine poets, I will be reading at the London launch of "Watcher of the Skies", an anthology of poems about space and aliens, produced by The Emma Press, and aimed at older children.
Details of the book can be viewed here:
I am delighted to have a poem, "On Openness", commended in the inaugural Winchester Poetry Prize 2016, particularly as the competition received almost 1,500 entries.
The poem appears in the competition anthology, "Salt on the Coals", and a list of winners and commended poets can be viewed here:
Saturday 24th September... Launch of "Something Remains" at British Fantasy Society's convention, Fantasy Con by the Sea, in Scarborough.
This Alchemy Press anthology contains short stories and poems written in response to notes left by the late Joel Lane.
Details of the book can be viewed here:
I am honoured to have been invited to
contribute a poem to "Something Remains", a forthcoming anthology
from Alchemy Press, produced as a tribute to Joel Lane. The book will be
launched in September, but in the meantime, details can be viewed here:
I was invited by the poet Anthony
Fisher to record my poem “A Questionnaire for the Asteroid Belt” (Enfield
Poets’ Poem of the Month at the Dugdale Theatre in October 2014) for his new
Poetry Jukebox in the theatre’s impressive foyer/coffee bar. You can
17th June... My poem "Song
of the Siren" appears in
the first edition of Three Drops Poems' new-look webzine, which
can be viewed here:
Saturday 7th May... As winner of the
William Blake Poetry Prize 2015, I have been invited by the Big Blake Project
to give a poetry reading on Saturday 7th May, at the Worthing
Museum, for an an event celebrating the "Blake's
Outsiders" exhibition. I will be joined by fellow poet Allen
Ashley, and and we will be reading at 3pm, during an entire afternoon dedicated
to William Blake-related literary events.
Friday 27th May 2016... I will be
giving an hour-long reading of my poetry inspired by the lives and works of the
Pre-Raphaelites at Dr Serena Trowbridge's exciting conference,
"Reading Art: Pre-Raphaelite Painting
and Poetry", at Birmingham Midland Institute, 6pm on Friday 27th May.
Details of Serena's work and of the conference can be viewed
Tickets for conference events,
including my poetry reading, can be purchased at this link:
Saturday 23rd April, 7pm... I will be
a guest reader at Poetry in the Crypt at St Mary's in Upper
Street, Islington N1. This is always a wonderful poetry evening,
beautifully hosted by Nancy Mattson and Michael Bartholemew-Biggs. Open
mic, plus a free coffee and cake in the interval!
Friday 11th March... Rhyme
and Rhythm Jazz-Poetry Club at
the Dugdale Theatre in Enfield. Allen Ashley and I will be co-hosting another
classy evening of fine poetry and jazz, with ace jazz quartet, Special Edition,
led by Louis Cennamo, and guests Alison Brackenbury and John Godfrey.
My poem "Sea is for Circe"
has been highly commended in the York Mix/York Literature Festival Poetry
Competition. It can be read here, along with winning and other commended
My poem "Unfinished", a
commission for the Pre-Raphaelite Society, and inspired by the William Morris Gallery's excellent
"Rossetti's Obsession" exhibition, has been published in the
Society's "Review". For details of the PRS, please
Thursday 11th February... I am
delighted to be on the judging panel for the North London Heats of the Poetry
by Heart competition. What a joy, to listen to inspiring young poetry fans reciting some of
their poetry. For more information, please visit:
My poem, "Earth Mother" is
published in issue 2 of fine new literary magazine, "The
Fenland Reed". Details are here:
My poems "BLACK HOLE" and
"Back to –" have been published in the new, 'black'-themed
edition of Terry Grimwood's excellent lit-journal, "Wordland".
Purchasing details are here:
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FEBRUARY 2015... On Wednesday, 25th February 2015, Allen Ashley and I will be giving an abridged reading of our joint poetry collection, "Dreaming Spheres: Poems of the Solar System", at Lauderdale House. The evening starts at 7pm.
I am pleased to have my poem “Crush” published in Terry Grimwood’s wonderful e- and print journal, “Wordland 6: True Love”. The whole can be viewed here:
MARCH 2015... My poem "Black Friday, Blue Monday" has been published in the new edition of the eclectic online journal, "Sein Und Werden" (theme: 'The Restless Consumer'). Please see:
MAY 2015… I’m delighted to see the publication of Kind of Hurricane Press’s new anthology, “Petals in the Pan”, containing my poem “The Sweeper’s Tale”. This is my first US publication. Details, including how to purchase the book, can be viewed here:
In a month of anthologies, my poem “Crumbs”, inspired by Hansel and Gretel, has been published in “Twice Upon A Time”, a new collection of fairytale-themed poems from Kind of a Hurricane Press in the US. Details of the book can be found here:
My salty jaunt around the British Isles, "A Sea Shanty for the Shipping Forecast", has been published in the new, map-themed edition of "Sein und Werden", and can be read here:
SEPTEMBER 2015... My poem "Unholy" was the winner of the William Blake Poetry Prize, with my other entry, "The Cheater", being a runner-up.
My poem "The Scots Girls of Great Yarmouth" was a finalist in the Mslexia Poetry Competition, and is published in the magazine's autumn edition.
On Sunday 13th September, Allen Ashley and I will be giving an evening reading of "Dreaming Spheres" at the Jolly Sailor for Save As Writers in Canterbury.
OCTOBER 2015... My poem "The Sting of Salt" has been published in issue 1 of a new literary magazine, "The Fenland Reed", Jonathan Totman's commendable new venture as Fenland Poet Laureate.
My poem "Merlings" has been published in issue 1 of the British Fantasy Society's re-branded journal, "BFS Horizons".
My poem "Lamia, Alone" has been published in Three Drops from a Cauldron's "Samhain Special", a seasonal e-anthology.
On Sunday 19th October, 1-3pm, I will be a guest reader at "Sun, Moon, Planets and Stars spoken word celebration", hosted by Allen Ashley at Alexandra Park Library in London.
NOVEMBER 2015... Earlier this year, I was invited to contribute a poem to a new charity anthology, "Hands and Wings", in support of 'Freedom from Torture'. The book, which includes my poem "Love Knots", is launched at a reception in Oxford on 25th November.
DECEMBER 2015... My poem "Ice Maidens" has been published in Three Drop's from a Cauldron "Mid-winter" anthology.
Saturday 12th December 2015... I will be a guest poet at Festive Words and Music, St Andrew's Church, Muswell Hill, London N10.
JANUARY 2014... Two Waterhouse-inspired poems - "A Mermaid Reflects on Being Painted" and "At Capri" - shortlisted in Culpepper's Remedy art-themed poetry competition.
FEBRUARY 2014... The Pre-Raphaelite Society's second poetry anthology is published, containing winning, commended and highlighted poems from the Society's second poetry competition, co-judged by Serena Trowbridge and myself, and with my foreword. Details can be found here:
APRIL 2014... My poem "His Last Duchess" (a response to Robert Browning's poem) is published in the new edition of Prole Poetry and Prose. Details can be found here:
My article, Ode to Football, written for the exciting new Wordsworth Trust blog, can be read here:
My short story "Maid to Order" is published in the excellent e-zine Wordland 4: White Sepulchres (which will also have print and Kindle versions) and can be read here:
My essay on Percy Bysshe Shelley's poem "The Cloud", written for the Wordsworth Trust's 'Romantic Readings' series, may be read here:
AUGUST 2014... As Poet-in-Residence to the Pre-Raphaelite Society, I once again have the privilege of co-judging (with Serena Trowbridge) the Society’s poetry competition. The Pre-Raphaelite Society Poetry Prize seeks poems inspired by the Pre-Raphaelite movement.
SEPTEMBER 2014... I am delighted to announce that my poetry sequence “Dreaming Spheres: Poems of the Solar System” (co-written with Allen Ashley) is published this month by the prestigious fantasy/science fiction publisher, PS Publishing. Details can be found here:
Allen and I will be giving a reading from “Dreaming Spheres” at the British Fantasy Society’s FantasyCon at the Royal York Hotel in York on Saturday 6th September at 1.20pm, and signing books as part of PS Publishing’s launch event later that day at 5.00pm.
I have been published again in the excellent e-zine Sein und Werden, in another collaborative creation written with Allen Ashley’s Clockhouse London Writers. The piece can beread here:
My poem "The Philosophy of Stone" is published in the Autumn 2014 edition of the online cultural journal, London Grip:
NOVEMBER 2014... I will be giving a reading, along with Forest Poets, athe William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow on Thursday 6th November, as part of the gallery's 'late' series. The evening starts at 6.30pm, with poetry readings at 7.30pm and 9.00 pm. There will also be drawing classes, a DJ, and of course, an opportunity to explore the gallery, in particular the excellent new exhibition, "Rossetti's Obsession".
I am delighted that my poem "Thoughts on God's Own Spheres" is published in a beautifully illustrated new anthology, inspired by the life and works of Hildegaard of Bingen, "Hildegaard: vision and inspiration", published by Wyvern Press in Italy.
DECEMBER 2014... My poem "Impressions of Jane" is published in the latest edititon of the Pre-Raphaelite Society's Review.
My sonnet "Precursor" is published in the British Fantasy Society's Journal.
I am part of a collaborative piece written by Allen Ashley's Clockhouse London Writers, published in the latest edition of online journal, Sein and Werden.
I am delighted to have had a poem accepted for Kind of a Hurricane Press's forthcoming anthology, "Petals in the Pan".
I am thrilled that my poem "The Ballad of Echo and Narcissus" has been accepted for the Emma Press's forthcoming anthology of poems for children, inspired by myths and legends.
A fine ending to the year!
Rhyme and Rhythm Jazz-Poetry Club events for 2014:
Friday 28th February at the Dugdale Theatre in Enfield
Friday 2nd May at Ware Poets in Ware, Hertfordshire
Friday 16th May at the Dugdale Theatre in Enfield
Friday 13th June at the Poetry Cafe in Covent Garden, London
Sunday 19th October at the Dugdale Theatre in Enfield (NB. 6pm)
Friday 4 January, 7pm … Guest reader, along with other members of Highgate Poets, at launch of anthology Urban Harvest (co-edited by me) at Camden Poets, London NW1.
February… Two poems short-listed in Tryangle Poetry Competition, and one poem Highly Commended in Perform Poetry’s “Seasons”-themed Poetry Competition. February 2013... Poem A Song of Springtime published inThe Dawntreader magazine (third consecutive issue).
Saturday 9 February 2013, 3.30pm … Attending reading/prize-giving for Alexander Park Library Poetry Competition, having been sole judge.
Sunday 11 February, 7pm … Co-host of/performing in The Sunday Edition, a regular jazz-poetry event at Enfield’s Dugdale Theatre. Details at: www.dugdalecentre.co.uk
Sunday 14 April, 7pm … Co-host of/performing in The Sunday Edition, a regular jazz-poetry event at Enfield’s Dugdale Theatre.
Friday 17 May, 7.30pm … Guest reader at Greenacre LitFest, poetry event, Friern Barnet Library, London N11.
Sunday 2 June... My specially-commissioned poem for The Frame Blog, which explores Dante Gabriel Rossetti's painting The Blessed Damozel (and its stunning accompanying frame) is published online and may be read here: www.theframeblog.wordpress.com
June 2013... My poem "The Golden Stairs", inspired by the painting by Edward Burne-Jones, is Highly Commended in the formal category of Poetry on the Lake poetry competition, making this the second consecutive year of having been placed, and the third time overall.
Sunday 16 June, 7pm … Co-host of/performing in The Sunday Edition, a regular jazz-poetry event at Enfield’s Dugdale Theatre.
Sunday 14 July, 6.30pm... One of several members of Allen Ashley's advanced writers' group, "Clockhouse London Writers", reading at the launch event of multi-arts exhibition 'In Art We Trust' at the Bull Theatre, Barnet.
The latest Review of the Pre-Raphaelite Society is published, containing two of my poems written especially for the Society: "John Ruskin, Body and Soul"; and "If Paint Were Love" (addressing William Morris's only attempt to paint Jane Burden/Morris).
August 2013... My poem His Last Duchess is a runner-up in Perform Poetry's 'Revisited' competition, judged by the Poetry Kit's Jim Bennett, for a poem inspired by another poem of more than 80 years old.
Sunday 8 September 2013... The Pre-Raphaelite Society celebrates 'PRB Day' on Twitter. Two of my poems written for the Society (one celebrating their 25th anniversary) may be read here:
Sunday 15 September, 7pm … Co-host of/performing in The Sunday Edition, a regular jazz-poetry event at Enfield’s Dugdale Theatre.
September 2013... My poem Isabella: A Bitter Harvest,inspired by Keats' poem and Holman-Hunt's painting (and shaped like a pot!) is published in the Journal of the British Fantasy Society.
September 2013... My short story "The Taming of the Tiger" is short-listed in the Prose category of Save As Writers' Shakespeare-themed writing competition. I will be reading an extract at the Canterbury Festival's prize-giving ceremony on 26th October.
26th October 2013... Lovely news! Having attended a very well-organised and extremely enjoyable evening at the Dominican Priory in Canterbury, listening to other (excellent) short-listees and reading myself, my story “The Taming of the Tiger” was announced as runner-up in the Prose category of the Canterbury/Save As Writers’ competition! I am very pleased, indeed. My story may be read here, along with others: http://www.saveaswriters.co.uk/
Sunday 17 November, 7pm … Co-host of/performing in The Sunday Edition, a regular jazz-poetry event at Enfield’s Dugdale Theatre.
December 2013... Lots of news! My poem "Mr Micawber Writes to Mrs Micawber from King's Bench Debtors' Prison" is Highly Commended in the Poetry Kit Summer Competition...
My specially-commissioned poem on William Holman Hunt's painting May Morning on Magdelen Tower - and its frame - is published on The Frame Blog and may be read here:
My poem "The Ballad of Croydon Hill" (inspired by an old Exmoor ghost tale) is published in "Midnight Skies: Exmoor in Verse" from Charmed Hole Publications; details here: