Info/News 2020

  • The Kittchen at Hawkshead (Luke and Em) have kindly offered a reading feature at their SpeakEasy event on Saturday 14th March, which I am very happy to accept as it is a wonderful venue and they are such lovely people 🙂
  • Brewery Arts feature on March 28th … a good opportunity to push the Fledge stuff
  • Back To The Garden to be published by Maytree Press in March as part of the celebration of music festivals in the anthology Green Fields … 
  • Just noticed that the launch of Green Fields during the Huddersfield Literature Festival is on March 28th … so unless this happens during the afternoon, looks like I be unable to attend #RudeWords
  • Very pleased that Atrium Poetry will be publishing Leveret (after Carolyn Jess-Cooke), written after reading Carolyn’s poem Hare, which was commended in the National Poetry Competition in 2013.
  • Recorded a short story at the Brewery with Ann Grant. Might be used for ‘Street’ a theatre production (I believe).
  • Maytree list for 2020 published. Fledge out in August.
  • Very pleased to be asked by the Wordsworth Trust to deliver poetry workshops in schools this next term. 🙂
  • Brewery feature in March cancelled due to issues related to Coronavirus. Kittchen appearance still happening tomorrow (March14th).
  • Karmasaurus (poem for children) published on Liz Brownlee’s Poetry Roundabout
  • Huddersfield Literature Festival is cancelled.
  • Sitting in a Semi (after Bowie) published on same day as submission in Pendemic.
  • Sitting in a Semi read on Radio Cumbria (Caroline Robertson show) on Thursday 16th April (alongside Kate Davis and Zaffir Kunial) 🙂
  • Sitting in a Semi now uploaded onto The Poetry Archive right next to one by Simon Armitage #WooHoo
  • No response from OWP so the two poems sent have been used for Paper Swans open competition
  • Welshpool competition entered with three poems
  • Positive vibes coming back from the editor of an anthology of art, prose and poetry due out in 2021 In Boots Like These
  • LightenUpOnline feedback on Jim the Stick … going with it
  • Two book reviews taken by The Blue Nib … published sometime in May
  • Submissions out at Wild Pressed Books and Black Light Engine Room
  • Welshpool is a no; Blue Nib is a yes … three poems accepted by Tracy Gaughan to appear on May 28th 2020 (Masterclass, Caught In Concrete and One Step Beyond)
  • E-mail out of the blue with an acceptance for A Goole Thing submitted last year to Another North … really nice surprise 🙂
  • Cumbrian film company Knock and Nash Productions filming In Boots Like These with actor Ethan Chapples performing the poem
  • Cover revealed for Fledge … Suzi Thompson’s ‘Edgelands’ to feature. Couldn’t be any happier at this news. Absolutely brilliant.
  • Two of my poetry reviews have gone up on the Blue Nib site: Keepsake by Kayleigh Campbell and Wish by Katerina Neocleous. Both collections are marvellous; such a joy to read these talented people.
  • Reading poems from Fledge on Helen Millican’s Arty Show (BBC Radio Cumbria) in July sometime. Some question whether it will be in the studio or over the phone.
  • Fledge is out with two reviewers … Cumbria Life and The Yorkshire Times (fingers crossed they like the collection).
  • Spotlight poet on https://www.poetsdirectory.co.uk  … also the collection section has Fledge listed.
  • Asked to review Simon Armitage’s Marsden collection on WriteOutLoud … have said yes 🙂 #Excited
  • New Brewery date out (last one cancelled/postponed) … now reading from Fledge on Saturday 26th September with Louise Fazackerley
  • Recorded In Boots Like These for Inspired By Lakeland’s Through The Locking Glass launch exhibition and sent it to Dave Felton (editor)
  • Reading at Carlisle for BBC Radio Cumbria at the Contains Strong Language Festival and then appearing at The Brewery in Kendal with Louise Fazackerley at Verbalise on the same day (Saturday 26th September … one in the morning, one in the evening).
  • Positive review from Cumbria Life
  • In Boots Like These to appear in Cumbria Magazine August issue.
  • Excellent reviews in The Yorkshire Times and on the Write Out Loud site
  • Fledge published on 31st July 2020.
  • Live Facebook reading of poems from Fledge on publication day
  • Sitting In A Semi longlisted for WOL Beyond The Storm anthology out of 2381 entries … published in August/September
  • Meeting with Helen Millican in Grasmere for BBC Radio Cumbria re. In Boots Like These and Fledge
  • Asked to take part in improvised poetry writing at Tullie House with BBC Radio Cumbria. Revisiting the silly poems from Camel (seem to be many food related poems in said collection)
  • Gutter Voices publishing Descartes’ Stick and Another Moment Of Self-Obsession in September
  • Read poems from the fridge during BBC Contains Strong Language Festival. Poetry Takeaway was over two hours from 10 in the morning until noon. Met Ian McMillan who requested a poem about Yorkshire curd tart. Jennie Dennett produced for Radio Cumbria and Gordon Swindlehurst presented the programme … jolly good fun 🙂
  • October 17th … just been asked to write the occasional arts/culture/poetry article for The Yorkshire Times on the web … have said ‘yes’ … very very pleased 🙂
  • Retired from 36 years of teaching on December 20th …
  • Ten (yes 10) articles and three reviews written for the Yorkshire Times before the end of the year. Poems entered in the YorkMix Children’s Poetry Competition (judged by Carole Bromley) and another judged by Roger McGough. The cynic is telling me that you have to get past the sifters first to have any chance of success (see blog entries about my feelings on this and yet I still enter …). Speaking of which, And Yet is featured as Poem of the Week in the Yorkshire Times as the last poem of 2020 … silver linings and all that. Happy New Year 🙂 x