Select readings, events, publications, etc.
Friday 2 June, 5pm: Launceston, Cornwall – Charles Causley Festival
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
26 April: reviews of 3 collections in this week’s TLS.
Wednesday 26 April: Nottingham – hosting Tom Pickard and reading in support of him: http://www.broadway.org.uk/events/film-tom-pickard-plus-the-shadow-and-the-substance
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.
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.
Wednesday 22 Feb, 6.30: Wired Cafe-bar, Pelham Street, Nottingham. For the Centre for Travel Writing Studies at NTU.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I’m delighted to be included in the Clutag Five Poems series. 100 copies, then they are no more. See here.
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.
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.
27 April: My poem ‘Driving Through the Pit Town’ is in the New Statesman.
1 April: My poem ‘Tuesday’ is in the TLS.
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.
4 February: review of Geoffrey Brock in this week’s TLS.
28 January: my poem ‘Family’ is in the TLS this week.
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.
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.
16 October: My reviews of Togara Muzanenhamo and Roger Moulson in this week’s TLS.
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.
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.
Saturday 27 June: the anthology Something Happens, Sometimes Here: Contemporary Lincolnshire Poetry, ed. by me, will offically 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.
My article on ‘The Art of Non-Criticism’ is in PN Review 222.
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.
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.
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.
‘Poem of the Week’ in the Guardian, here.
Review of Vidyan Ravinthiran in the TLS (7 Jan).
12 December: My review of David Mason’s Sea Salt is in this week’s TLS.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Over, today.
I’ve just recorded a few poems for Carcanet. They didn’t all go well: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dApgUZP8kLI. 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.
28 November: the official 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 officially 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.
3 October. I’m reading at De Montfort University, Leicester, alongside Kim Moore and Ian Parks. 5.30pm. More info: http://www.forwardartsfoundation.org/event/an-evening-of-poetry-with-ian-parks-kim-moore-and-rory-waterman/
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: http://www.carcanet.co.uk/cgi-bin/indexer?product=9781847772077
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.