Round up

I was pleased to be present at the launch of two excellent new poetry pamphlets last week.  They are by John Mole and Zayneb Allak and are the first pamphlets from the Nottingham/ Leicester based New Walk press.

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New Walk magazine began publishing some seven years ago and now the editors, Rory Waterman and Nick Everett,  have decided to move on to publishing pamphlets.

This is an exciting development since these first two pamphlets are impeccably produced. The writing within them is of very high quality, each poet having a very distinctive style . John Mole’s poems are highly accomplished, witty and well balanced.

I agree with Moniza Alvi’s description of Zayneb Allak’s work as ‘fluid, staunch and magical.’ Both pamphlets highly recommended and available here.

Also this week, the new issue of The Interpreter’s House (number 66) has arrived. I was delighted by the review of my new book, written by Faber novelist and poet Richard Skinner. Richard has read ‘The Great Animator’ very carefully, and I am touched by his generous review.

Finally, I had a delightful time reading in Ludlow on Tuesday night. Poet, writer and Ludlow resident Jean Atkin invited me to read. It was worth the journey just to listen to all the fabulous readings that evening, and my own twenty minute guest slot was generously extended by my host.

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