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Autumnal Update

It’s been a busy end to the summer, judging the Foyles young Poet of the Year Award with Yomi Sode – look our for the winners being announced on October 7th – and making final edits to my novel Delphi (out summer 2022!). Last week I had new author photos taken for my cover by the brilliant https://www.sophie-davidson.co.uk/ who I’d really recommend if you need photos.

This week I’m slap-bang in the middle of putting together a bumper German-language issue of MPT, entitled ‘Slap-Bang’ and exploding with brilliance: Ulrike Almut Sandig, Özlem Özgül Dündar, Nora Gomringer, Esther Kinsky, Nelly Sachs, Else Lasker-Schüler, Uljana Wolf…

Thought I would take a moment though to link to a few things going on in the next couple of weeks. Firstly, I’m part of a digital reading this Saturday (4th October) 4pm BST to celebrate the excellent new anthology ‘100 Poems to Save the Earth’, edited by Zoe Brigley and Kristian Evans – you can register for free here.

I’m then reading IRL at the Winchester Poetry Festival with absolute legend Paul Muldoon on Friday 8th of October – I’ve never read with him before and am a bit in awe. Do come along! Tickets here.

I’m also very much looking forward to heading to Edinburgh, one of my favourite cities, for a brand new poetry festival – Push the Boat Out (15th-17th October). I’m taking part in two events on the Saturday – a talk about how poetry might heal the soul with William Letford, Tawona Sithole and John Glenday at 11am, and I’m running a poetry workshop on the language of childhood at 2pm. The whole programme is amazing though – Liz Berry, Salena Godden, Caroline Bird, Lorna Goodison, Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe, Nick Makoha, Fiona Benson, Andrew Macmillan… Already excited for the pub.

And in November I’m running a course on The Poetry of Now at the Garsdale Retreat and there are still a couple of places left if you fancy some poetic R&R with fires and cake.

That’s all for now, but I hope to write a proper blog about my debut novel Delphi soon…

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