2018 News


5th December... My poem, "Wintering", is published today at Words for the Wild, a beautifully-produced poetry space responding to the natural world:


4th December...


Happy publication day to "Multiverse", an anthology of science fiction poetry published by Shoreline of Infinity, and including my poem, "A Questionnaire for the Asteroid Belt". Details and purchasing information can be viewed here:




Saturday 24th November... "Humanagerie", an anthology of the animalesque which Allen Ashley and I have co-edited for Eibonvale Press, receives its London launch at the Star of Kings. This beautifully-produced book contains 32 poems and 13 short stories, and can be purchased at this link:



13th November... My abecedarian poem, "The Potato Chronicles", has been published at the well-curated poetry webzine, Atrium Poetry, and can be read at this link:



4th November...

Ginkgo Prize for Ecopoetry

I have been highly commended in the prestigious Ginkgo Prize for Ecopoetry, with my poem, "Night Shifts in the Nature Factory". The poem has been published, along with the winners and other highly commended poems, in a new anthology produced by competition organisers, the Poetry School. A digital version of this brilliant anthology can be viewed at this link:


Sincere thanks to the judges for this lovely endorsement, and many congratulations to the deserving winners.



Saturday 27th October... Cambridge 105 Radio will present a selection of poems by women poets published in "The Fenland Reed", of which I will be one. The show, "Off the Page", starts at 3pm, and listeners can tune in at this link:



Saturday 20th October... I will be leading an advanced poetry workshop, "Telling it slant: the distorting lens", at the British Fantasy Society's annual convention, Fantasy Con. Details can be viewed here:



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":


Heartfelt thanks to the editors of "The Fenland Reed" for submitting my poem for consideration, and to the Forward Prize judges.

Forward Prizes for Poetry 2018


25th September... I was longlisted (for the second time) in Primers, the poetry development scheme run by the Poetry School and Nine Arches Press. Congratulations and good luck to all of the shortlisted poets:



24th September... My poem, "Ivy", has been published at the popular and well-regarded 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-respected 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:



JULY 2018

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.

Words for the Wild

Information can viewed here:



JUNE 2018

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.

Clockhouse London Writers


MAY 2018


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:



APRIL 2018

My poem "Paint Box" has been published in the ever-excellent lit-mag, "The Fenland Reed". For more details on the magazine, please visit:



MARCH 2018

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.

The Maine Review


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: