2017 News


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...

Winchester Poetry Prize

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.


JULY 2017

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:



JUNE 2017

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.


MAY 2017

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:



APRIL 2017

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:



MARCH 2017

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.

Bedford Square 10

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.