Archive for February, 2023


Spring is coming. Things are happening in the garden and it’s the season of supermarket tulips.

Just updating the website with some up-and-coming events. On Saturday 25th February I’ll be reading at Poets and Players in Manchester at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, 2.30-4pm, with Jake Morris-Campbell, Wayne Holloway-Smith and John Haycock

I’m also very excited to be doing my first events in Belfast next month, as part of the Imagine! Belfast Festival of Ideas & Politics. At 12.30 on 21st of March I’ll be talking about DELPHI as part of a panel about ‘Writing Now’, then in the evening I’ll be the poetic support for my old friend Luke Wright, who’ll perform his show The Remains of Logan Dankworth

I’m teaching three residential courses this year, so thought I’d put up the links for those too in case anyone is tempted. I love a week in the countryside with real fires, walks, cake, and the chance to talk poetry every evening over a glass of wine, and since I’ve had children have virtually considered them a paid holiday!

The soonest will be at the beautiful Garsdale Retreat 13th-18th of March, and there is still space. It’s catered if you’re not sure about the Arvon everyone-cooks model (the food is AMAZING, especially the breakfasts) and my course is on Finding your Form.
Seni Seneviratne is the guest reader. BOOK HERE.

I’m also teaching an Arvon Tutored Poetry Retreat 19th-24th of June with Rishi Dastidar, and Kathryn Bevis as reader BOOK HERE

And I’m particularly thrilled to be teaching my first course at Tŷ Newydd 2nd-6th October with Owen Sheers, and Sabrina Mahfouz as guest. The theme is ‘On Voice and Voices’, and we’re going to be exploring dramatic monologues, confessionalism, film-poems and verbatim work. BOOK HERE

Otherwise, DELPHI is ticking along nicely, with the German translation now out (translated by Anke Caroline Burger) and the UK paperback cover just finalised – see below. I love the dying tulips, which I think really sum up the strangeness of that first lockdown and its spring-gone-wrong vibes 🌷💀🌷 – it’s out in April, paperback people. I also have some new projects on the go I’m very excited about, but can’t announce officially yet, more news very soon!

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