News: publications, readings, etc

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April 2023

23rd: reading at Cheltenham Poetry Festival, 7.30pm, The Swan. Book here.

23rd, talk on ‘The Uncollected Wendy Cope, 6-7pm, The Swan. Book here.

March 2023

23rd: my review of Peter Scupham, Invitation to View is in this week’s TLS.

I have six poems in the current issue of Agenda.

7th: reading at Organ Grinder, Nottingham. 8pm.

My interview with Carol Rumens is in the current issue of PN Review.

January 2023

Review of Donald Davie, Selected Poems, ed. Sinéad Morrissey in The Friday Poem.

24th, 7pm: reading for Dandelions reading series at Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham – plus open mic.

December 2022

15th, 5.30pm: reading and discussion with Naush Sabah at the ‘Representations of Border Crossings in Media, Literature and the Arts’ conference, UCLAN, Preston.

Poem in Christmas Stories (Candlestick Press). Launched online, 1 December.

November 2022

24th: review of the Kenyon Review in the TLS, here.

New poem in The North.

Review of John Burnside in The Friday Poem, here.

October 2022

23rd, 5.30pm: chairing Bad Lilies online celebration for Plathfest.

1st, 12pm: public lecture about W. H. Davies’ life and work at Burgage Hall, Ledbury.

Essay on W. H. Davies, Walter de la Mare and the Georgian Poetry anthologies in Walter de la Mare: Critical Appraisals, published by LUP.

September 2022

21st: reading at Baylor University, Waco, TX, USA. Free and open to the public. Link.

Reviews of new poetry pamphlets in PN Review 267.

I have a poem in Companions of His Thoughts More Green: Poems for Andrew Marvell, ed. David Wheatley and published by Broken Sleep Books. Link here.

August 2022

New poem in New Welsh Review.

New poem – a version of a Lincolnshire folk tale – in The Lincolnshire Poacher.

July 2022

Reviews of three pamphlets (by John Clegg, Ella Duffy, and Helen Mort & Katrina Niomi) in the new issue of PN Review.

New poem, ‘Yallery Brown’, in issue 8 of Poetry Birmingham.

12th, Bookbar, Highbury, London: reading at the launch of Robert Selby’s The Kentish Rebellion.

June 2022

25th, Southbank Centre, London, 7.45pm: reading at the Poetry London Summer Readings alongside Grace Nichols etc. Tickets here.

19th, Waterstones, Nottingham, 2pm: reading alongside Gregory Woods at the launch of Tim Youngs’ new pamphlet. Tickets here.

Interview with Gerry Cambridge in PN Review 265.

May 2022

New poem, ‘Routines’, in issue 45 of The Dark Horse.

April 2022

Interview with Naush Sabah in PN Review 264. Also my eulogy from my father’s funeral.

‘North and South’, short essay on Korea including two of my poems, in The Friday Poem.

March 2022

New poem, ‘Alcoholic Dementia’, in Poetry London, issue 101.

February 2022

13th, 7pm: reading ONLINE for Poets Directory Live! Poetry Society Virtual Stanza, with Pascale Petit and others. Free sign-up link here.

Pamphlet round-up in the current PN Review.

January 2022

29th, 1pm: reading plus Q&A and requests for Nottingham Poetry Society at Canalhouse, Nottingham. All welcome.

A poem of mine is in the TLS this month, here.

Review of Raymond Antrobus in the current issue of the TLS.

December 2021

A poem of mine is in Poetry Birmingham, issue 7.

Review of Steve Ely on The Friday Poem, here.

Interview with Rachael Allen in the current issue of PN Review.

Reviews of three pamphlets in the current issue of PN Review.

November 2021

Podcast of my event with Wendy Cope for Poetry in Aldeburgh (7 Nov) available here.

An excerpt from my book Wendy Cope (LUP, 2021) has been published by Wild Court, here.

Poem ‘Coda’ published on The Friday Poem, here.

Essay on Philip Larkin’s legacy through parodies and para-poems in Yearbook of English Studies.

9th: ONLINE reading (book here) supporting the Blue Diode Press launch, with Georgi Gill and others.

‘(Good) Person Poems’, my short op-ed for Poetry London, is here.

7th, 5pm: interviewing Wendy Cope for Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, in support of my book Wendy Cope (LUP, 2021).

2nd: reading with Cathi Rae at Organ Grinder, Canning Circus, Nottingham, 7.30pm.

October 2021

20th: reading in Sheffield, alongside Anthony Caleshu, Zoë Skoulding, David Herd and Harriet Tarlo (with others, including Togara Muzanenhamo, joining online), for Off the Shelf, and in support of the Poetry and Covid-19 anthology.  Information here.

10th: short reading alongside others at Kimbolton Castle, Huntingdonshire, for the launch of Hollow Palaces.

‘Sort of Irish and Sort of Famous’, a short personal essay with a poem from my most recent collection Sweet Nothings, is in The Friday Poem, here. With thanks to Hilary Menos.

September 2021

3 poems in Hollow Palaces, an anthology of country house poems edited by John Greening and Kevin Gardner and published by LUP.

New poem in The Spectatorhere – with thanks to Hugo Williams.

Latest poetry pamphlet round-up in PN Review 261.

August 2021

I’ve interviewed Wendy Cope for LUP, as part of the promotion for my monograph on her poetry. Link here.

July 2021

My interview with new Poetry London editor André Naffis-Sahely, plus my latest pamphlet round-up, are in PN Review 260.

June 2021

My book Wendy Cope has just been published by Liverpool University Press.

May 2021

Review of 3 pamphlets in PN Review 259.

April 2021

21st: reading for Poetry Wales and the Poetry & Covid project, with Togara Muzanenhamo etc. Register here.

I have two new poems in Bad Lilies.

March 2021

Reviews of 4 pamphlets in PN Review 258.

Sunday 21st: at 12.15pm UK time I’m reading for Poesia 21, in Russia, for World Poetry Day. Join here. readings throughout the day, from across the world.

Poetry and Covid-19: An Anthology of Contemporary International Collaborative Poetry, edited by Anthony Caleshu and me for the AHRC-funded ‘Poetry and Covid’ project, has been published by Shearsman Books. You can buy it here.

February 2021

7th, 8pm (UK time): reading online for Carmine Street Metrics, New York City, with Rachel Hadas and Catherine Chandler.

January 2021

‘Burrs’, a long poem I co-wrote with Togara Muzanenhamo, is in the new issue of PN Review.

W. H. Davies: Essays on the Super-Tramp Poet, edited by me, is published this month by Anthem Press. The book contains essays by leading scholars on the poet, memoirist and novelist W. H. Davies (1871-1940).

I don’t normally mention journalism here unless it relates to contemporary poetry, but I think this piece in the Morning Star is important. Also UnHerd and RT. (Headlines/other framing not mine.)

21st: review of Andrew Motion’s new collection in this week’s TLS.

My poem ‘Old Flat, Abandoned’ is ‘Poem of the Week’ in the Guardian. How gratifying. Thanks to Carol Rumens – and to the commenters ‘below the line’.

December 2020

New poem, ‘Purple Pintle’, on Wild Court.

November 2020

I wrote six blog posts for Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature about my time in South Korea, and you can read them here.

26th: review of the first year of Poetry Birmingham in this week’s TLS.

Review of two pamphlets in PN Review 256.

October 2020

I’m one of two Writers in Residence at Bucheon UNESCO City of Literature, South Korea, October-November 2020. My duties include several readings and talks, and working on a pamphlet of poems and images.

September 2020

Review of Keith Hutson in PN Review 255.

12th: ‘Skylit’ podcast interview (for Skylight Books, LA), here. I was interviewed by my good friend the poet André Naffis-Sahely.

10th: review of Clive James in this week’s TLS.

3rd: review of Dan Burt in this week’s TLS.

August 2020

I was a guest on David Rovics’ ‘Discussions with David’ podcast, here.

5th: review of Martha Sprackland in this week’s TLS.

July 2020

30th: I read some poems for Skylight Books in LA. Here. I’ll be doing a podcast for them (in conversation with my friend the poet André Naffis-Sahely) next month.

16th: my review of Frank Ormsby is in this week’s TLS.

9th: my review of Anthony Caleshu is in this week’s TLS. (I wrote this review about 8 months ago, and have since started working on a project with Anthony, so this one feel a bit odd now…)

8th: a poem of mine (lineated wrongly in one place) is at the bottom of this article on football poems in the Guardian.

I was interviewed by Paul Brookes for his blog Wombwell Rainbow, here.

2nd: my review of Peter Gizzi is in this week’s TLS.

Review of Stephen Regan’s The Sonnet in PN Review 254.

June 2020

22nd: free online reading for Five Leaves. For the link, email:

Reviews of Medbh McGuckian and Don Paterson in the summer issue of Poetry Review.

May 2020

28th: official publication date of my new collection from Carcanet, Sweet Nothings. The book is available to order now.

19th: ‘Like Father’, from Sweet Nothings, is on E-Verse Radio in the US.

13th, at 7pm: Carcanet launch reading for Sweet Nothings, and Q&A (chaired by William Ivory). (EDIT: event review here.)

6th: Blog post about Dr Bob Pintle here.

Pamphlet roundup published in PN Review 253.

March 2020

26th: review of Roger Robinson in this week’s TLS.

Pamphlet roundup published in PN Review 252.

February 2020

26th: my poem ‘The Pollyanna Principle’ is in this week’s New Statesman.

20th: my poem ‘Defences’ is in this week’s TLS. I also read the poem for the TLS podcast.

3rd: reading at Edinburgh Napier University. 5.30pm.

January 2020

9th: review of Ilya Kaminsky in this week’s TLS.

Pamphlet roundup published in PN Review 251.

December 2019

4th: reading for Carcanet at 50 at Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham.

November 2019

28th: Reading for Rogue Strands at King and Queen Pub, Fitzrovia, London.

6th: review of Jericho Brown in this week’s TLS.

5th: reading and seminar at the Downtown Writers’ Center, Syracuse, NY, USA.

Pamphlet roundup published in PN Review 250.

October 2019

5th: reading at Lincoln University Library. 2pm.

September 2019

I have a poem (also online, here) and two reviews in the autumn 2019 issue of Poetry Review.

26th: reviews of Peter Bennet and Raymond Antrobus in this week’s TLS.

26th: reading at Beeston Library, Nottinghamshire. 7pm.

25th: new poems at Wild Court.

Pamphlet roundup published in PN Review 249.

August 2019

My article ‘”The nation rejoices or mourns” Literary and Cultural Ambivalences in Wendy Cope’s Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis‘ is in English 262.

9th: new poem at Wild Court.

July 2019

25th: reviews of new books by Kit Fan, Nick Laird, Chris McCabe and Robin Robertson in this week’s TLS.

5th: reading at Ledbury Poetry Festival, with A.K. Blakemore, Adam O’RiordanDanez SmithDavid Tait and James Womack. 6.30pm.

May 2019

16th: my poem ‘Leavers’ Balls’ is in this week’s TLS.

12th: reading at Cuarto Real de Santo Domingo for Granada Book Fair, 9pm.

April 2019

28th: reading at Fox and Grapes, Nottingham, 6pm.

I’m delighted to announce I’ve been shortlisted for the Ledbury Forte Prize, awarded for a second poetry collection and the development of a poet between first books.

March 2019

21st: my poem ‘Curriculum Refresh’ is in this week’s TLS.

January 2019

23rd: reviews of Beata Duncan and Paul Henry in this week’s TLS.

December 2018

13th: reviews of Terrance Hayes and Sean O’Brien in this week’s TLS.

6th: review of Wendy Cope in this week’s TLS.

November 2018

Two poems in the current PN Review.

October 2018

24th: my poem ‘Final Years’ is in this week’s TLS.

3rd: Reading and discussion alongside Karen McCarthy-Woolf, Robert Minhinnick and David Herd. ‘Poetry and the Political’, 8pm, Poetry Library, Southbank Centre, London. Free, but ticketed. See: event website.

September 2018

28th: reading and talk at Burnley Literature Festival (Calico Community Room, Burnley), 12.30pm.

19 Sept: Review of Robin Robertson in this week’s TLS.

13 Sept: reading (and paper) at Borders and Crossings International Travel Writing Conference, Brijuni National Park, Croatia.

12 Sept: reviews of James Womack and J. O. Morgan in this week’s TLS.

July 2018

6th: review of Frank Ormsby in this week’s TLS.

Review of John Burnside in PN Review 242.

June 2018

20th: reading at Ouse Muse, Bedford.

May 2018

31st: review of two books by Tim Dooley in the TLS.

Wednesday 16th: reading at Five Leaves, Nottingham in support of the Nottingham reading for New Walk Editions author Zayneb Allak.

3rd: review of Daljit Nagra in the TLS.

April 2018

New poem at The Compass.

March 2018

My review of new books by Jacqueline Saphra and Roddy Lumsden is in Poetry Review 108.1.

I was interviewed for this month’s Scottish Poetry Library podcast, here.

Tuesday 6 March: reading at Peninsula Arts, Plymouth.

February 2018

Last month, I was interviewed by students at Edinburgh Napier University, for their Centre for Literature and Writing:

Thursday 15th: Reading at Cork Arts Theatre, Cork, Ireland. 7pm.

Saturday 10th: Reading with Richard Robbins at Albion Beatnik Books, Oxford. 7.30pm.

2nd: review of Cecil Day Lewis, Selected Prose in this week’s TLS.

January 2018

Wednesday 31st: Reading at Lighthouse Books, Edinburgh.

11th: review of Michael Simmonds Roberts in this week’s TLS.

December 2017

Review of Terrence Tiller in Poetry Review 107.4.

November 2017

23rd: On Front Row (BBC Radio 4) discussing Charles Causley.

17th: new poem, ‘Where to Build’, in this week’s TLS.

Thursday 16th: reading at Literary Leicester, with Douglas Dunn. Booking required: free here.

10th: reviews of new books by Richard Price and James Sheard in this week’s TLS.

October 2017

Monday 30 Oct: Charles Causley event at Troubadour, London with John Mole, Alyson Hallett, Cahal Dallat, Bernadette Reed & Jim Causley. 8pm.

Wednesday 25th: reading at the University of Lincoln, Lincoln, with Kathryn Daszkiewicz.

Wednesday 18th: reading for ‘Independent Voices’ at Bloomsbury Festival, London with Nicholas Murray & others.

September 2017

28th: launching my new book at Five Leaves bookshop, Nottingham. 7pm.

28th: the publication date of my second collection from Carcanet, Sarajevo Roses. Order here.

I have 3 poems in PN Review 237.

1st: My poem ’11 O’Clock Shadow’ is in this week’s TLS, as is my review of W. S. Merwin.

July 2017

13 July: my review of Jacob Polley’s Jackself is in this week’s TLS.

My long review of Basil Bunting, ed. Don Share, is here, in Essays in Criticism, 67.3.

June 2017

Friday 2 June, 5pm: Launceston, Cornwall – Charles Causley Festival

May 2017

Tuesday 9 May, 8.30pm: Muffin Man, Royal Well, Cheltenham – Cheltenham Poetry Festival.

Saturday 6 May: Guildford – Surrey New Writers Festival. Aural Storytelling (panellist) at 11.30; evening poetry reading

April 2017

26 April: reviews of 3 collections in this week’s TLS.

Wednesday 26 April: Nottingham – hosting Tom Pickard and reading in support of him:

Monday 24 April, 7pm: Nottingham – Rough Trade. Reading for ‘Leftlion Presents…’ at Nottingham Poetry Festival.

6 April: my review of Stephen Burt’s The Poem is You is in this week’s TLS. I discuss it on the TLS podcast.

March 2017

10 March: my reviews of new books by Mark Waldron and Peter McDonald in this week’s TLS.

I’m grateful to have been interviewed by Aly Stoneman for the March issue of Leftlion, the Nottingham listings magazine.

February 2017

Wednesday 22 Feb, 6.30: Wired Cafe-bar, Pelham Street, Nottingham. For the Centre for Travel Writing Studies at NTU.

January 2017

Friday 27 Jan, 6.30: The Art Workers’ Guild, Queen Square, London – Rack Press pamphlet launch, with Kathryn Gray, Martha Sprackland, and Chris Kinsey.

Tuesday 24 January, 7pm: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham, with John Gallas and Tim Youngs.

12 January: my review of Bernard O’Donoghue’s new book is in this week’s TLS.

December 2016

My poem ‘Love in a Life’ is in the new issue of Poetry Review.

My new pamphlet Brexit Day on the Balmoral Estate (Rack Press) is available now for a fiver, here. This is the first proper-sized pamphlet I’ve ever published, and I’m rather too pleased with it.

My poem ‘Getaway’ is in The Hopkins Review 9.4 (Fall 2016).

I have 2 poems in the new issue of Under the Radar.

November 2016

24 Nov: my review of Julian Stannard’s What Were You Thinking? is in this week’s TLS.

Thurs 24 Nov: West Bridgford Library, 7.30pm – headlining Poetry Aloud with Andrew Taylor.

October 2016

Thurs 27 Oct: Andrew Taylor is launching a pamphlet at Five Leaves bookshop, Nottingham, and I am reading in support of that. 7pm.

6 October: My reviews of Justin Quinn, Matthew Caley and Anthony Caleshu are in this week’s TLS.

August 2016

I’m delighted to be included in the Clutag Five Poems series. 100 copies, then they are no more. See here.

July 2016

15 July: review of Peter Porter is in this week’s TLS.

1 July: my review of Grevel Lindop is in this week’s TLS.

May 2016

My book Poets of the Second World War (Northcote/British Council) has just been published.

12 May: my review of Jack Clemo’s Selected Poems is in this week’s TLS.

I have three poems in PN Review 229.

April 2016

27 April: My poem ‘Driving Through the Pit Town’ is in the New Statesman.

1 April: My poem ‘Tuesday’ is in the TLS.

March 2016

Saturday 12 March: I’m reading from and discussing W. H. Davies: The True Traveller at States of Independence small press fair, De Montfort University, Leicester at 11am.

February 2016

4 February: review of Geoffrey Brock in this week’s TLS.

January 2016

28 January: my poem ‘Family’ is in the TLS this week.

December 2015

Review of Rowan Williams in the Christmas issue of the TLS.

12 December: my selection of W. H. Davies is Paperback of the Week in the Guardian, selected by Nicholas Lezard.

I have 2 poems in Magma, issue 63. Thanks to Susanna Hart and Lisa Kelly.

Tuesday 8 December: North Lincolnshire reading for the anthology Something Happens, Sometimes Here: Contemporary Lincolnshire Poetry, edited by me. Cleethorpes Library, 7.30pm.

Wednesday 2 December: reading from W. H. Davies, The True Traveller, edited by me, at Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham. 7pm. Other readers: John Lucas and Gregory Woods.

Tuesday 1 December: Lincoln reading for the anthology Something Happens, Sometimes Here: Contemporary Lincolnshire Poetry, edited by me. University of Lincoln Library, Lincoln. 7 readers! 7pm.

November 2015

Thursday 26 November: Reading with other contributors for Black Balloon, the NTU MA Creative Writing anthology. Nottingham Central Library, Angel Row. 6pm.

24 November: I was a judge for this year’s Michael Marks Awards, which are announced tonight.

I have a poem in Over Land, Over Sea: Poems for Those Seeking Refuge, ed. Kathleen Bell, Emma Lee and Siobhan Logan, published this month by Five Leaves Press.

19 Nov: review of recent pamphlets in this week’s TLS.

19 November: the fifth Poetry Wired at Wired Cafe-Bar, Pelham St, Nottingham. Main reader: Rennie Parker. 6.30pm.

5 Nov: Review of Poetry magazine in this week’s TLS.

October 2015

24 October: W. H. Davies, The True Traveller: A Reader (Carcanet/Fyfield Books, 2015), edited by me, is available now, and is LRB Bookshop Book of the Day.

16 October: My reviews of Togara Muzanenhamo and Roger Moulson in this week’s TLS.

September 2015

30 September: My review of Roger Moulson is in this week’s TLS.

28 September: reading at the launch of Since by Ian Parks, Concertina Band Club, Mexborough, S. Yorks. 7.30pm.

24 September: reading at the final Restless minds event, Nottingham Writers’ Studio, 6.30pm.

Review of Samuel Beckett, Collected Poems in the new PN Review.

August 2015

A poem of mine is in this free Berfrois anthology, Poets for Corbyn.

July 2015

31 July: I have reviews of James Sutherland-Smith and David Tait in this week’s TLS.

23 July: I have a review of Sean O’Brien’s The Beautiful Librarians in this week’s TLS.

Saturday 4 July: reading at Ted Hughes Poetry Festival, Mexborough, S. Yorks.

June 2015

Saturday 27 June: the anthology Something Happens, Sometimes Here: Contemporary Lincolnshire Poetry, ed. by me, will officially come out this autumn; here is an event for it at Lowdham Book Festival, in the Methodist Chapel on Saturday 27 at 12.30pm, with books available. Details here.

I am honoured to have a poem in the 20th anniversary issue of The Dark Horse, and I’m a correspondent in the magazine’s international feature ‘Mongrels of Various Stripes’, a discussion of the state of poetry publishing around the English-speaking world. Thanks to Carmine Starnino for including my contributions, and to Gerry Cambridge.

3 June: my review of Blake Morrison’s Shingle Street is in the TLS this week.

May 2015

My article on ‘The Art of Non-Criticism’ is in PN Review 222.

April 2015

13 April: reading with Michael Blackburn at Jazz and Poetry, Guitar Bar, Sherwood Rise, Nottingham. 9pm.

3 April: reviews of books by Roddy Lumsden, Mario Petrucci and Dan O’Brien in this week’s TLS.

March 2015

26 March: review of Michael Cullup’s book on W. H. Davies in this week’s TLS.

Saturday 14 March: reading at States of Independence Press Fair, Leicester, with Deborah Tyler-Bennett. 11am.

February 2015

26 February: reviews of books by David Harsent and David C. Ward in this week’s TLS.

Tuesday 3 February, 7pm, Albion Beatnik Bookshop, Oxford: reading with Olivia Byard and Andrew Smardon.

January 2015

‘Poem of the Week’ in the Guardian, here.

Review of Vidyan Ravinthiran in the TLS (7 Jan).

December 2014

12 December: My review of David Mason’s Sea Salt is in this week’s TLS.

November 2014

My poem ‘Epicentres’ is in the new issue of Archipelago.

14 November: My longer review of two books on Philip Larkin is in this week’s TLS.

October 2014

Monday 27 October: public reading at Keele Hall, Keele University.

Saturday 18 October: I’m reading as part of the NTU Writers event, Nottingham Festival of Words, NTU Newton Building, Nottingham. 11.45am.

Wednesday 15 October: New Walk 9 launch/retrospective at Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham. 7pm-8.30. I’m not reading, so you have no reason not to go.

1 October: Three of my poems are in this month’s Poetry. I also have reviews in the current issues of the TLS and Poetry Review.


Two of my poems are in PN Review 219. There are also two poems by NTU PhD student Becky Cullen in the same issue.

Forward Book of Poetry 2015 includes my ‘highly commended’ poem ‘Access Visit’.


I have several reviews in different issues of the TLS this month, including a longish piece on the new biography of Vernon Scannell in the 13 August issue.

July 2014

Wednesday 16 July: reading with Anthony Rowland at The Shed, Lincoln University, as part of the ‘What Happens Now?’ conference. Midday.

My poem ‘Beached Stars’ is in the Times Literary Supplement this week (10 July).

New reviews of my book are in the TLS and Magma.

June 2014

Tonight the Summer’s Over has been shortlisted for the 2014 Seamus Heaney Prize.

5 June: My review of Maurice Riordan’s The Water Stealer is in this week’s TLS.

May 2014

Saturday 31 May: reading with Carla Drysdale and Jeffrey Greene at La Porte Piente, Noyers, France.

Friday 23 May: reading at Niall Campbell’s book launch, at Swimmers, 32 Alfred Place, London WC1E 7EB

Thank you, Ed Ferrari, for this wonderful blog post on one of my poems.

April 2014

30 April: my reviews of new books by Iain Bamforth, George Szirtes and Philip Gross in this week’s TLS.

Thank you Maria Taylor for these heartening comments on my book.

March 2014

I’m delighted to have a poem in the new American anthology Irresistible Sonnets, ed. Mary Meriam (Headmistress Press).

There are currently reviews of Tonight the Summer’s Over by John Greening in The Warwick Review, and in The Next Review.

Thursday 20 March: reading at Blackwell’s, Oxford with Andrew McNeillie.

Wednesday 19 March: reading at LRB Bookshop, Bloomsbury, London with 4 other poets for New Poetries V: A Reunion.

Saturday 15th March: reading at States of Independence book fair, De Montfort University, Leicester, with Roy Marshall.

February 2014

My poem ‘The Walled Garden’ is in the Times Literary Supplement this week (20-27 February).

Friday 7 February: reading at Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast with fellow Carcanet debut poet Caoilinn Hughes.

Henry King has written this article on my poetry, and I was absolutely delighted to read it. Also there is this review of my book, by Liam Heylin, which has just appeared in The Irish Examiner.

January 2014

The poet Matthew Stewart gives Tonight the Summer’s Over the best sort of review one could hope for here. How gratifying.

My critical book Belonging and Estrangement in the Poetry of Philip Larkin, R. S. Thomas and Charles Causley is now available from Ashgate. Order a copy for your library!

11 January: I am delighted to have a poem from my book in the Guardian today (Saturday).

4 January: The Financial Times are printing my poem ‘Navigating’, from Tonight the Summer’s Overtoday. 

December 2013

I’ve just recorded a few poems for Carcanet. They didn’t all go well: Look out for the less unsuccessful ones on the Carcanet site in the near future.

I have a very short story in the current issue of Stand. The story had two endings and I went for the longer one. It’s still very short.

12 December: my reviews of new books by Matthew Sweeney and George Green are in this week’s Times Literary Supplement.

10 December: I have a poem in the new issue of The Dark Horse, which you can order here. I feel as though this poem belongs in the book, because it isn’t like anything else I’ve written since, but it didn’t happen in time. The Dark Horse is a wonderful magazine and I’m delighted to be in it.

November 2013

28 November: the publication date for Tonight the Summer’s Over!

27 November: The Guitar Bar, Nottingham (Clumber Avenue, NG5 1AP): reading with Roy Marshall (again!) to launch our new books, both published this week! 8.30-9.30pm. Free entry.

13 November: Blackwell’s University bookshop, Sheffield (Mappin Street), 6.30-8.30pm: reading with Roy Marshall and others.

1 November: my reviews of new books by John Agard and Luke Heeley are in this week’s Times Literary Supplement.

October 2013

3 October. I’m reading at De Montfort University, Leicester, alongside Kim Moore and Ian Parks. 5.30pm. More info:

August 2013

My review of R.S. Thomas Uncollected Poems and R. S. Thomas Poems to Elsi, ‘Thoughts Trained to One Furrow’, published in the Times Literary Supplement, 8/8/2013. Read it here.

My debut collection, Tonight the Summer’s Over, has been made a Poetry Book Society Recommendation for winter 2013/14. Pre-order it at a reduced rate:

2 of my poems are in PN Review 212. You can read one here, and both if you subscribe to PNR. Both will appear in my forthcoming book.


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