Friday, October 16, 2020

In verse


A big thank you to Editors Paul Farley and Andrew McRae for including my poem 'River Dove' in the beautiful anthology that is Places of Poetry, Mapping the Nation in Verse. It's a beautiful book. I'm delighted it is now launched and I can get my hands on a copy.

Monday, October 5, 2020

Takahē running

I couldn't be more pleased to have made the longlist of the Monica Taylor Poetry Prize for the second year running - many thanks to judge Siobhan Harvey! Wishing congratulations and luck to everyone else listed!

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Strands longlist

Woke to the lovely news that my flash has made the longlist for the Strands International Flash Fiction Competition #9, thanks to Jose Varghese and the Strands team! Stoked to be listed with so many wonderful writers.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Overground underground

Chuffed to bits that my graphic memoir "Dance the Night Away" is included in this inaugural issue of Overground Underground - part of my New Shoes series (See 'Graphics Alley' on my side bar for other pieces from this series). It couldn't have found a better home! 

Submissions are open for issue #2, so if you have something, send it in.

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Story challenge

I was really happy Damyanti Biswas tagged me in a 100 word story challenge this week. I hadn't spontaneously written anything for a while, what with lockdown and writing to various deadlines, plus behind the scenes business of family life and better paying work, so it was good to write something simply for the pleasure of writing rather than with any specific purpose in mind. I had forgotten how enjoyable writing can be. Damyanti has written more about the exercise, the joys of writing for its own sake, and highlighted some of the pieces resulting from the challenge, which you can read on her blog. I'm grateful to her for the chance to take part.

Monday, August 31, 2020


Stunned to learn that my poetry has been shortlisted for The Emma Press Poetry Pamphlet publication. Many thanks for the absolute labour of love that Editor Emma Wright has put into reading all of the hundreds of submissions. It's astonishing and humbling to me that my poems have made such a connection to have been selected among the final nineteen.