‘The Head That Wears a Crown’: New anthology of poems for children from The Emma Press

I’m delighted to have a poem included in this beautiful book just published by The Emma Press. It’s a right royal bunch of poems about kings and queens, along with illustrations and handy historical facts, created for young readers (around age 8+).

Ever wanted to read Queen Victoria’s Twitter posts and young Elizabeth I’s letters to her father’s latest wife? Or wondered which King had a mischievous pet monkey? Which ruthless Queen enjoyed toasting people to a crisp? Whose reign lasted only nine days?

Then follow the link and grab your copy from The Emma Press to learn all about the kings and queens of the British Isles as you’ve never seen them before –
The Head That Wears a Crown: Poems about Kings and Queens

 

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Two poems published on ‘And Other Poems’

Many thanks to editors Josephine Corcoran and Rishi Dastidar for publishing a couple of my poems on And Other Poems today.

‘Unsleeplessness’ is loosely based on real events, while you’ll probably be relieved to know that ‘How To Have Your Baby and Eat It’ isn’t.

Read them online here.

Three films in 7th International Video Poetry Festival in Athens

I’m thrilled to bits and tickled pink that the work of the Poetry Film Collective will be screened at the 7th International Video Poetry Festival in Athens on 14th & 15th December, and will include three of my poetry films.

The Poetry Film 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. It’s been a fantastic project and I feel incredibly lucky to have had the opportunity to work with such a wonderful group: Chaucer Cameron, Helen Dewbery, Stephen Daniels, Iris Anne Lewis, Sam Loveless, Bethan Rees, Brian Reid, Sally Ann Russell, Lucia Sellars, Tom Sastry and Dominic Weston. Congratulations everyone, and big thanks to Lucia Sellars for putting our work forward for the festival.

Here’s the event poster for Athens.

‘Adventures in Poetry Film’ screening, Swindon, 7 November

Following a succesful premiere in August, the Poetry Film Collective heads to Swindon for our first tour date! Featuring films from Sam Loveless, Stephen Daniels, Iris Anne Lewis, Lucia Sellars, Dominic Weston, Brian Reid, Shauna Robertson, Tom Sastry, Sally Ann Russell, Chaucer Cameron and Helen Dewbery.

The Swindon-based Poetry Film Collective was set up in 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. Some of us have lots of experience in one area while others are just starting out in another.

All of us have made a poetry film and we’d love to share them with you!

Each film is short-short (around 2-3 minutes) and there’s a real variety of work.

We’ll screen several films, then have an interval to grab a drink and have a chat, then screen several more.

7pm for a 7.30pm start at Darkroom Espresso, Swindon.

The Guardian’s top 10 poetry anthologies

In today’s Guardian newspaper, William Sieghart, founder of National Poetry Day and the Forward Prizes for Poetry, recommends ten of the best poetry anthologies. I’m thrilled to have poems and artwork in two of them (4 & 6 in the list, from Pan Macmillan & Sidekick Books, shown below).

It’s a great list – “whether you are after poems to inspire or filthy verse inspired by Catullus.” And yes, some of mine are in the latter camp.

Check it out here: Top 10 poetry anthologies

‘Adventures in Poetry Film’ screening, Chippenham, 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.