In good company

I have a couple of poems on line this week, one at The Stare’s Nest  edited by Judi Sutherland and the other at the magazine Poems in Which edited by Amy Key and Nia Davis.

My particular ‘Poem in Which’ had been around in various guises for some time before it was trimmed, tidied and re-named for submission. The magazine is full of interesting stuff so do take a look.

The Stare’s Nest poem ‘Beyond North’ was a runner-up in this year’s Ver poetry competition and published in the resulting pamphlet.
I’m also pleased to say I have a poem in the new Bare Fiction magazine, out this month. If you haven’t seen it yet do try to get hold of a copy. There are some fabulous poems from Dan O’Brien and many others, as well as stories and scripts. I’m looking forward to reading at the launch in Birmingham on the 11th of December.

In other good news, the recently published anthology Double Bill
from independent publisher Red Squirrel  has been chosen by Clive James as one of his books of the year in the TLS. You can read a little about the book here.

Finally, Happenstance poet and long-term blogger Matthew Stewart has kindly included this blog in his list of favourite British poetry blogs for this year. Lovely to be in the company of so many fine writers, most, if not all of whom, are listed on the right of this page and whose sites I visit regularly. Matthew’s selection highlights the diversity of approaches to blogging  (or ‘cobwebbing’, as John Foggin would have it) . You can read Matthew’ s list here.    


Heading for the coast and some poems on the internet.

I’m looking forward to visiting the Aldeburgh poetry festival on Saturday. It actually starts tomorrow but I’ll be traveling down after work and staying with family nearby before rolling up on Saturday morning. I’ve been once before, in 2010, and I had a great time, meeting Alison Brackenbury for the first time hearing some brilliant poets read.


I’m particularly looking forward to seeing Kathleen Jamie reading in the evening, and to walking on the beach and to bumping into friends and acquaintances and maybe even saying hello to people I only know through social media. Speaking of social media, I’ve added a Twitter feed at the bottom of this page for those who are interested. I’m not on there every day, but dip in and out.

I have a few poems online at the moment. After my poem ‘Made in Dagenham’ , originally published in Matter magazine, was featured on The Stares Nest  , I was contacted by Peter Raynard of Proletarian Poetry. Peter told me he liked my poem and wondered if I’d like to contribute a poem to his website. I checked it out and liked what I saw so  I sent Peter ‘Meat is Murder’ , a poem previously awarded a prize in the Allan Sillitoe competition. There is also a short film of me speaking the poem in Leicester market which was shot by two students studying at De Montfort university last year.
Peter has introduced the poem, setting it in context and providing some interesting links.

Finally, I have a poem on Hinterland, the very good-looking on line poetry magazine
run by the poet Rebecca Bird.