‘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.

Image credit: https://elephantsfootprint.com


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.”

I’m thrilled to have a poem included, ‘The Fish Without a Bicycle’.

Grab your copy direct from The Emma Press here.

Poem on a Guernsey bus

Here’s a photo of my poem, ‘Drifted Down’, which is currently rolling around Guernsey on the 736 bus!

Huge thanks to Jon of Guernsey’s bus company who has to be one of the most friendly and helpful chaps on the planet. Here’s the highlight of our very lovely conversation:

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 excellent blog, Poetry Roundabout, is on a mission this month: to bring you an A-Z of children’s poets from the UK, US and around the world.

Today is ‘D’ day and I’m delighted to be in it, with my poem ‘Here’s A Little Jazz Number.’ Check it out here:

D is for children’s poet Shauna Darling Robertson

Huge thanks to Liz for including me in a list of brilliant poets and poems! 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 thrilled 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!).

Poem in The Emma Press Anthology of Love

Here’s another wonderful anthology – which I’m delighted to have a poem in – from the talented folks at The Emma Press. It’s a gem of a book packed with a lively variety of poems accompanied by Emma Wright’s brilliant artwork.

Here’s the blurb: Building on the success of 2015’s Mildly Erotic Verse, this book explores the diversity of modern romance. Often awkward, never perfect, romantic encounters and relationships are rooted in our own contemporary world of Tinder, Twitter and TV dinners. But they are also part of an enduring tradition: the cornerstone of our common humanity. In this book, fifty-six fresh, diverse and original voices speak to what love means right here, right now, bridging the gap between Hollywood imagery and modern lived experience.

Grab your copy at theemmapress.com.

Happy Valentine’s!

Two poems in ‘DIVERSIFLY – Poetry and Art on Britain’s Urban Birds’

This is a gorgeous new anthology of poems and artwork from Fair Acre Press and I’m really pleased to have two poems included.

“In our modern urban landscapes, birds, and the intersections of their lives with ours, are the most common and obvious manifestations of nature, in all its adaptability and indomitability. DIVERSIFLY catalogues this beautifully in both words and images, with the poetry, from both established names and new, never seeking to separate the manmade and the natural, but instead letting the two bleed into each other. In turns funny, poignant, angry and joyous, DIVERSIFLY is a celebration of the wild world just beyond our front doors.”

(Matt Merritt, Poet and Editor of Birdwatching Magazine)

Copies are available from http://fairacrepress.co.uk

Poem stitched into fabric artwork

A deep bow to my lovely friend, the artist Boann Lambert, who just turned one of my poems into an intricate piece of artwork. The poem’s called ‘Give Me a Man’ and here it is transformed into a beautifully embroidered reel of fabric.

For more of Boann’s work check out her Instagram. As well as making a whole variety of art objects she’s equally a painter, printmaker and photographer – among other things. She works and runs creative workshops at Arc Studios in Frome, Somerset and will be exhibiting at Frome Open Studios 2018.