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I’m delighted to end 2018 and begin the new year with news that I’m the The High Window Resident Artist for 2019!!!

Like most years, 2018 has had high points (including my second novella Always Another Twist and my chapbook How to Grow Matches) and low ebbs. I’m extremely grateful both to those who’ve given me opportunities and celebrated my successes, and those who’ve supported and commiserated me through the harder moments.

In general, I prefer to try to focus on the positives and look forward rather than back, so I’m not going to sum up the year that was here now, simply share a few pieces of news from the past month or so since my last blogpost.

At the start of December I blogged about my poem ‘Circles and Sandcastles’ winning the POSITIVE IMAGES PEACE FESTIVAL POETRY AWARDS 2018. Video of the award ceremony is now up on the festival website including me reading my poem in the nervous run-up to the announcement of the winners!

My poem ‘But‘ was published on Atrium at the start of this month and another of my poems is scheduled for New Year’s Day. I also have five poems accepted for the January issue of morphrog.

I love Candlestick Press ‘Instead of a card’ pamphlets – beautiful gifts to give and receive – so I was very delighted to be shortlisted in their recent Breakfast Poem competition! (And also great to see so many friends shortlisted as well as fellow Circaidy Gregory Press poet Catherine Edmunds as one of the winners!)

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bird bath reflections
turn our world upside down, help
us swim in the sky

From my essay/article on photo-poems published in The Blue Nib issue 36 – available online here.

P1090936-002Earlier this year my poem “On the eyelid of the North” was part of the Northern Poetry Library’s Poem of the North. Over the festive period, the library has also been putting faces to names on instagram.

As for 2019, well it already looks set to be a cracking year for V. Press and with LitWorld2. On a personal front, I’ve various manuscripts and ideas buzzing at the moment, so I’m going to let the year start and see where it goes…

Happy New Year!!!