Hello, I hope you are well.
This is just an update- I haven’t posted on here since October 2020!

Recent reading

The European Eel, by Steve Ely , Longbarrow Press.

This long-form poem follows the life cycle of the European Eel. Luxuriating in language (lots of scientific terms), intimate, awestruck, angry, rejoicing, elegiac, and thorough.  There’s an interesting essay by Ely on the Longbarrow website which gives background to the subject and his approach to the project. I found the section ‘Nature Writing Fit for the Anthropocene?’ particularly interesting.

The Stone Age, by Jen Hadfield, Cape, 2021
The Resurrections, by John Challis. Bloodaxe, 2021.
The Poems of Norman MacCraig, Polygram, 2015.

All recommended.

Non poetry – Monte Cassino by Mathew Parker, headline 2004.
Empireland by Sathnam Sanghera, Penguin, 2021

Recent Publications etc

New poem in 14 Magazine- it’s a lovely magazine, well made, nicely edited and very good value so do follow the link above and support a small independent poetry press and buy a copy (or both issues to date) if you can.

Two new poems published in The North (summer) issue 66
Poems online in Anthropocene and New Welsh Review  
Three Poems published in Finished Creatures Magazine issue 5 
Poem shortlisted for Plough Prize.
Poem Longlisted for National Poetry Competition 2020
Two poems in Rialto 95.


After a pandemic enforced break of 20 months, I will be reading live again in Nottingham, at The Organ Grinder pub, with Aly Stoneman and acoustic music. From 8pm on Tuesday 5th October.

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