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 🙂
  • New Brewery date out (last one cancelled/postponed) … now reading from Fledge on Saturday 26th September with Louise Fazackerley