‘Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackboard’: exploring risk in Magma 64

Magma 64 coverDelighted to have a poem published in issue 64 of Magma magazine, on the theme of risk.

‘Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackboard’ is a homage to/parody of Wallace Stevens’ famous poem ‘Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird’. Always risky to mess with a classic!

The poem also explores the risk inherent in both change and resistance to change. The blackboard is a metaphor for the gastropub, which in turn alludes to the gentrification of urban neighbourhoods and to the increasing pace of change in life as a whole.

Many thanks to editors Dom Bury and Jon Stone for including it. Available at magmapoetry.com


The Caterpillar and ‘The Drink Problem’

The Caterpillar cover 12Much chuffed to have a poem, ‘The Drink Problem’, published in the Spring 2016 issue of quarterly children’s magazine The Caterpillar. And also to spot Laura Mucha’s brilliant work in there (we met, wrote and belly laughed on an Arvon Foundation course last year).

You’ll also find a lonely gingerbread man, a paper wasp, an ant-eating girl and instructions for keeping a pet shark. Get your copy here: www.thecaterpillarmagazine.com

Announcing the winners of the inaugural Fair Acre Press Poetry Pamphlet Competition 2016

Fair Acre Press logoWow! My first small solo collection of poems, Blueprints for a Minefield, is one of two winners in the Fair Acre Press Poetry Pamphlet Competition 2016.

Big appreciation to judge Jonathan Edwards and congratulations to fellow winner Jill Munro and to the eight shortlisted poets. Many thanks also to Fair Acre Press’ publisher, Nadia Kingsley, who’s already proving to be an absolute delight to work with.

The winning pamphlets will be launched in April at the Wenlock Poetry Festival 2016.

Full details on the publisher’s website here: Announcing the winners of the inaugural Fair Acre Press Poetry Pamphlet Competition 2016.