Artwork in Leaping Clear magazine

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US-based magazine Leaping Clear (‘A Magazine of Art Literature Contemplation’) has published a few of my ink drawings – from the series ‘Cross-Sections’ – in its latest issue.

There’s also poetry, fiction, music and more visual art – all free to view online at www.leapingclear.org/current-issue-fall-2018

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‘Adventures in Poetry Film’ screening on 2 August 2018

Come along to the Old Road Tavern in Chippenham, Wiltshire on Thursday 2nd August for the first of what we hope will be several screenings by the Poetry Film Collective.

The Collective was set up in early 2018 as a six-month project funded by Arts Council England to explore how people from different artistic backgrounds might approach poetry film-making. We are all poets. Some of us are also performers, film-makers, musicians and visual artists. All of us have made a poetry film and we’d love to share them with you!

Bar provided, BYO popcorn. Full details on Eventbrite here (no need to book, just come along).

The Poetry Film Collective is / are:
Helen Dewbery
Chaucer Cameron
Stephen Daniels
Iris Anne Lewis
Sam Loveless
Bethan Rees
Brian Reid
Shauna Robertson
Sally Ann Russell
Tom Sastry
Lucia Sellars
Dominic Weston.

 

Frome Festival Poet Laureate 2018

I’m very chuffed indeed to have won the title of Frome Festival Poet Laureate 2018 at last night’s Frome Poetry Cafe open mic!

Big appreciation to Crysse Morrison for organising and hosting a warm and wonderful evening of poems on the theme of Mary Shelley’s classic character, Frankenstein’s monster, and enormous thanks to guest poet and judge, the very funny and entertaining Rob Barratt.

Here’s a couple of pics.

 

Poem in The Emma Press Book of Beasts

The latest anthology from The Emma Press is out now, edited by Anja Konig and Liane Strauss. Some Cannot Be Caught: The Emma Press Book of Beasts “rustles and roars with the voices of animals and humans, co-existing on earth with varying degrees of harmony. A scorpion appears in a shower; a deer jumps in front of a car. A swarm of snowfleas seethes through leaf litter; children bait a gorilla at the zoo. The poems in this anthology examine hierarchy, herds, power, and the price we pay for belonging.”

There’s also one of mine, ‘The Fish Without a Bicycle’.

Grab your copy direct from The Emma Press here.

Poem in ‘The Best New British and Irish Poets 2018’ anthology

Out now from Eyewear Publishing, The Best New British and Irish Poets 2018.

“Modeled on the famous United States competition, the third annual Best New British and Irish Poets anthology brings together a diverse and lively group of rising stars from across the UK and Ireland, and represents some of the most interesting new voices writing in the English language today.”

The 2018 edition was judged by US poet Maggie Smith. It features 50 poems including my poem, ‘Ginger’.

More details / buy a copy.

Poem on a Guernsey bus

Here’s a snap of my poem, ‘Drifted Down’, which is currently rolling around Guernsey on the 736 bus. Many thanks to Jon of Guernsey’s bus company who must be one of the most friendly and helpful chaps on the planet.

Me: I don’t suppose there’s any chance of getting hold of a photo at some point at all?

Jon: Hang on, I think it’s on… yes, the 736, it’s due any minute, call you back in ten… which he does, having just run outside, stopped the bus, hopped aboard and taken this pic!

New poem in the Poetry Roundabout A-Z of children’s poets

Liz Brownlee’s blog, Poetry Roundabout, is rounding up an A-Z of children’s poets from the UK, US and beyond.

Today is ‘D’ day and I’m delighted to be in it, with my poem ‘Here’s A Little Jazz Number.’ D is for children’s poet Shauna Darling Robertson

Many thanks to Liz for including me. You can see the complete list at the Poetry Roundabout A-Z List of Children’s Poets.

You’ll also find heaps of poems, news, interviews, poetry tips and other fun things on the Poetry Roundabout.

‘An Average Kiss’ in world’s first Instagram poetry exhibition

I’m delighted to have a poem-picture, ‘An Average Kiss’, selected for inclusion in the world’s first Instagram poetry exhibition which is being held at one of my favourite places, the Saison National Poetry Library in London.

Earlier this year, the Library put a call out for Instagram poems. The exhibition, which will run from 26th April to 1st Jul 2018, showcases the best of these submissions, ranging from work featuring striking typographic design to social comments and emotional confessions, as well as a selection of short Instapoetry films.

Find out more at www.nationalpoetrylibrary.org.uk/events-exhibitions/instagram-poetry

Spoiler alert: mine’s a poem on an in-flight sick bag.