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Reading with Philip Gross and Jane Clarke 7th May

I’m really looking forward to reading with Philip Gross and Jane Clarke at the Stay at Home Literary Festival on Friday 7th May at 6pm. It’s free – you just need to register for a place.
We’ll be reading from our latest books, but also one of each other’s poems that resonates with us.
It promises to be quite a unique reading.

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Review of Return by Minor Road in The School Librarian

I was surprised and pleased to see Return by Minor Road was reviewed in the journal that school librarians refer to when thinking about what books to stock in schools.

One particular comment from the review has stayed with me very strongly:

A salutary classroom experience would be to read this collection alongside the bald facts given in Wikipedia, perfectly illustrating the difference between cold objectivity and what humanity – and artistry – can add: a practical and vivid answer to the question ‘what is poetry for?’

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Return by Minor Road in The Poetry Review

The Poetry Review is the official journal of the UK Poetry Society. It’s a trailblazing journal, currently edited by Emily Berry, that publishes new and exciting work quarterly. It’s an eagerly awaited thump on my doormat. It was especially interesting to see John Greening’s review of Return by Minor Road in the spring edition.

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San Diego virtual reading for Whale Road Review

On Saturday 6th Feb the staff of Whale Road Review, including me, gathered on Zoom from around the world (Nigeria, UK, US) to read poems and short prose together.

Readers included Michael Akuchie, Taylor Crawford, Allen Culpepper, Jen Stewart Fueston, Katie Hamblen, Ellen Huang, Monica Kopenhaver, Eve Linn, Katie Manning, Kyle Potvin, Tania Pryputniewicz, Kathryn H. Ross, Ki Russell, Jacob Stratman, and me.

It was a lot of fun, and wonderful to meet the poets and writers I’ve been working with recently to select fantastic pieces from the many hundreds of submissions we received in December.

We each read one piece and managed to keep the recorded event to just over half and hour. Then we switched off record and hung out together chatting. It was wonderful.

You can watch the video here:

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Jennifer Wong reviews ‘Return by Minor Road’ for Ambit

Poet Jennifer Wong reviewed ‘Return by Minor Road’ for the wonderful literary journal Ambit recently. I was very moved by her writing about the book, and by how she engaged with the collection. It’s heartening to have such a thoughtful reader who understands the connections between and behind the poems.

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Joining Whale Road Review staff and reading

I’m really excited to have joined the staff of San Diego based journal Whale Road Review. As a peer reviewer I’ll be helping select top-notch poems from the very strong submissions sent in for each edition.

The name comes from an old kenning for the ocean – the whale road – and evokes these unique creatures ‘moving in patterns through the waters of the world’.  Whale Road Review publishes poetry, flash fiction, reviews and micro essays. Please see the submission guidelines for more details.

The editor Katie Manning is enthusiastic, knowledgeable and wonderfully supportive of fellow writers.

I’m looking forward to working with the international staff, and to meeting them at a reading on Saturday Feb 6th. It’s at 7pm UK time (11am Pacific Time) and will be for up to an hour. It’s totally free to come along, but please pre-register here:

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Limited edition MONK arts journal

This gorgeous limited edition print anthology from MONK Arts Journal includes 180 pages of interviews, poetry, art and fiction. It features Bloodaxe Books’ editor Neil Astley, Carmen Bugan, Rowan Williams, Paul Deaton, Nancy Campbell and a couple of poems from me, including the title poem from ‘Return by Minor Road‘. It’s available online here:…  and also from some independent bookshops. (The flower in the photo is courtesy of my son!)