Tuesday, August 7, 2018


 My dog Fin.

I am very grateful to editors Eileen Pun, Matt Howard, and Fiona Moore, for including a poem of mine in Magma's Climate Change Issue, no. 72.

Works up

I've had a wonderful time giving poetry/graphic poetry workshops to local primary school children over the last couple of weeks.

Preparing materials was fun. Happy, jealous, sad, philosophical, and jolly sorry were some of the feels I incorporated. And the kids all took part enthusiastically. Every single one of them created a brilliant poem.

Here are some of the results: 

 "I want to write a poem about when mountains are penguins."

 "I want to write a poem about when the beach is like a sleeping dog."

 "I want to write a poem about when snow is a white rabbit."

Seeing the pride on a child's face as they read a poem they have created is such a marvel, the only way to describe it would be to write or draw a poem, and maybe I'll do do that. In the meantime, I'll enjoy looking at this display put up by some of the children. Well done, kids!

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Blue hour

It was a bit much, I thought, for Emily Brontë to steal all the thunder on my birthday -- something I would have associated with Charlotte -- but ne' mind, pre-orders are open now for The Blue Hour Press Anthology #4, in which I am very happy to have a poem that I wrote about my daily journey to Haworth, during my research trip last year: https://www.etsy.com/shop/bluehourpress … Many thanks to Editors, Moriah, Susan, and Heather! Suck eggs, Emily.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Man who talks

I can't locate a post thanking The Lonely Crowd for including my story "Man Who Talks to Books" in their first issue, back in 2015. There's a preview of it here. Belated and sincere thanks to Editor John Lavin.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Some things

Some Things the English made the longlist of the Michael Gifkins Prize for an Unpublished Novel!

"This was the inaugural year for this prize and we received 182 applications. We congratulate you on achieving the longlist for this prize. The selectors commented that: ‘the selection revealed an extraordinary diversity of writing and an enviable depth of talent. It was a difficult process to arrive at our shortlist of three novels.’"


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Blue hour

This photograph was taken on the return from my research trip to Haworth. 

I'm grateful to Moriah LaChapell, Susan Sweetland Garay, and Heather Minette, editors of The Blue Hour Press, for including my poem "I Would Love to See a Fox While I am Here" in their forthcoming anthology.