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  My trip to Bradford on Avon on August 31st to read at The Swan Hotel was a really lovely evening out. It was a treat to hear organiser Dawn Gorman read her work and a pleasure to meet her and fellow-guest Rachel Curzon – a Faber New Poet whom I suspect we’ll hear a… Read More

Posted on 2nd September 2017 at 18:43

Guest Poet at Words & Ears, Bradford on Avon

I’m delighted to be joining Faber New Poet Rachel Curzon on Thursday, August 31st in the Guest Poets slot at Words & Ears, the excellent reading series run by Dawn Gorman. Do come and join us at 7.30pm in The Swan and, if you’re interested in an Open Mic slot on the evening, contact dawn@dawngorman.co.uk…. Read More

Posted on 20th August 2017 at 12:15

Guest Poet at Fire River

I’m delighted to be the guest poet at Fire River Poets in Taunton, Somerset, on Thursday 2 February 2017. I’ll be reading from Only by Flying and sharing some other recent work, too. Members of Fire River Poets will also be reading during the evening and, as John Stuart, their chairman, points out: “We always… Read More

Posted on 20th January 2017 at 23:28

Exeter Poetry Festival 2016

What a pleasure to read at Exeter Poetry Festival this month: not once, but twice. Firstly, alongside Ian Beech, Susan Taylor and Simon Williams at the City Gate Hotel, and secondly as one of the Mincinglake Poets, at Studio 36. The ‘Mincers’ present were Chris Banks, Fiona Benson, Annie Fisher, Damian Furniss, Ann Gray, Alasdair… Read More

Posted on 11th October 2016 at 22:23

Poetry Spotlight interview

Birds, soaring, metaphor and more at the excellent Poetry Spotlight today: many thanks to its meticulous editor, Paul, for inviting me on to the site and for his insightful questions. This site regularly posts interesting interviews with contemporary poets, along with a poem of their choice, and is well worth keeping an eye on. You can… Read More

Posted on 21st September 2016 at 11:05

New poem on Ink, Sweat & Tears

Many thanks to Helen Ivory at Ink, Sweat & Tears for choosing to publish one of my favourite poems today. It features – I’m sure this comes as no surprise – birds (including a female blackcap like this one I photographed at an RSPB reserve). You can follow this well-regarded UK-based webzine on Facebook, too.

Posted on 19th September 2016 at 11:29

Only by Reading It

What a privilege it was for me to read from Only by Flying in the Scottish Gliding Centre (SGC) clubhouse at Portmoak earlier this month. Launching from the site and flying above nearby Loch Leven had been the inspiration for the pamphlet’s opening poem, and several more of them were inspired by, written at or… Read More

Posted on 17th July 2016 at 21:41

Four more poems published

Four previously unseen poems of mine have just been published: The Stranger, Documentary, Carduelis Carduelis and The Decision. It’s my second appearance on Ben Banyard’s Clear Poetry and my first poem in Antiphon (issue 18), edited by Rosemary Badcoe and Noel Williams, although Neil reviewed ‘Only by Flying’ in Antiphon 17. Issue 18 also includes fellow… Read More

Posted on 5th July 2016 at 19:15

Reading in Portmoak, Fife

On Friday, July 8, I will be doing a poetry reading in aid of charity. The event, which will include a Q&A and last for approximately half an hour, will be held in the clubhouse at Scottish Gliding Centre from 6pm and is free to attend. It will be followed by a collection in support of Walking on Air,… Read More

Posted on 22nd June 2016 at 19:30

Congratulations, Jenny

Congratulations to Jenny Elliott of The Shed Press, whose pamphlet, Makkin-wires, won the 2016 Callum Macdonald Memorial Award, and to Wayleave Press, runners-up with Elizabeth Burns’ Clay. Particular kudos to Jenny, who wrote, illustrated and published her beautiful pamphlet, about the Shetland tradition of knitting (makkin-wires are knitting needles). It was a real privilege for… Read More

Posted on 20th May 2016 at 13:30

The Callum Macdonald Memorial Award 2016

I’m delighted to report that my publisher, HappenStance Press, has been shortlisted in the annual pamphlet poetry prize at the National Library of Scotland – and for ‘Only by Flying’. The award, established in 2001, was created by the Library in memory of the Scottish literary publisher Callum Macdonald MBE, and the winning publisher will… Read More

Posted on 5th April 2016 at 18:12

Teignmouth, Antiphon and Snakeskin

Just a quick update to say three lots of thanks. Firstly, thanks are due to Poetry Teignmouth, not only for making me one of their featured poets, but also for staging an excellent and hugely enjoyable festival in March. Stand-out memories for me include: the pleasure of working with other poets and artists on the… Read More

Posted on 3rd April 2016 at 16:02

How to be Edited (Part Two)

A good editor is worth their weight in books, clicks or any other currency you care to name. Part One offered five tips to help you find one. Here are five tips on what to do when you have. Tip six: stay in touch You’ve sent them your manuscript, ideally before the deadline. Question: How quickly… Read More

Posted on 10th January 2016 at 21:45

How to be Edited (Part One)

A good editor is worth their weight in books, clicks or any other currency you care to name. In the poetry world of small presses, they may well be the publisher, too. And, over time, they might even become a friend. So how do you find one? And what should you do once you have?… Read More

Posted on 8th January 2016 at 21:19

Launched!

Thank you to the pilots who came to Lasham Gliding Society earlier this month to welcome Only by Flying, to all the poets and poetry lovers who attended the Devon launch, and to everyone who has bought the pamphlet from HappenStance Press. Thanks, also, to Becky Gethin for making me a featured writer and publishing… Read More

Posted on 24th December 2015 at 15:25

Love is like a bird?

I was very amused by Claire Trévien’s initial worries on seeing a pamphlet called ‘Only by Flying’ – “is it going to be all about how love is like a bird?” – and glad that further reading dispelled them. Thank you, Sabotage Reviews, for your thoughtful attention, and for your comments on the non-gliding poems, too…. Read More

Posted on 15th December 2015 at 14:39

Metaphor as Gift

This logbook entry links to a lovely response to Only by Flying, from Charlotte Gann on the Sphinx website. “I begin to realise her flying can become my metaphor,” Charlotte writes. I couldn’t have hoped for anything more perceptive. The accompanying photograph is one I took while wave soaring in Scotland. It’s one of the… Read More

Posted on 9th December 2015 at 09:19

Clear Poetry

Three poems of mine, which aren’t in Only by Flying, have been published by Clear Poetry to coincide with the pamphlet’s arrival. Clear Poetry aims to showcase contemporary work that is “accessible, approachable, astonishing”. Many thanks to its editor, Ben Banyard, who is himself a poet, and began writing poems as a result of Jo… Read More

Posted on 30th November 2015 at 10:34

HappenStance award winner

Congratulations to HappenStance poet Gill McEvoy for winning best pamphlet in the 2015 Michael Marks Awards. Her pamphlet is The First Telling. The awards, now in their seventh year, celebrate the pamphlet as a medium of publishing for poetry. They are run by Wordsworth Trust in association with the British Library and the Times Literary… Read More

Posted on 25th November 2015 at 18:24

An OPOI review of Only by Flying

OPOI is a term HappenStance’s Nell Nelson has invented for a new type of review on the Sphinx website. An OPOI is 300-400 words long and examines One Point Of Interest in a particular pamphlet. She invites your contributions and explains more here. Even better (thank you, Nell) her blog uses my pamphlet, Only by… Read More

Posted on 23rd November 2015 at 20:14