So I started 2019 with a full-on cold and a car with dead battery. The only great thing about this is that it heavily weighted the chance of January getting better rather than worse!

And the first good thing of the year wasn’t far away – ‘The Tything, 8.57am on a Wednesday‘ published on Atrium on New Year’s Day 2019.

Other highlights of the month include:

P1100026 smaller size ‘Grey wonderer’ shortlisted in the 2019 Wolverhampton Literature Festival (WoLF) poetry competition and to be published in the WoLF anthology which will be on sale at the award ceremony on Sunday, 3 February at 2.30pm in Wolverhampton art gallery.

‘The House on the Moor’ – a five-part poetry sequence – won Hedgehog Press’s cult competition ‘Who lives in a house like this?’ and published in the Stickleback issue/anthology Who Lives In A House Like This?, available as a free pdf download here in Jan 2019.

Five poems – (Un)watching, Every speck/every drop/ everything, Feathers and Teeth, Atlas, “If I had the time…” – published in morphrog 18 here. (A photo-poem version of ‘(un)watching’ can also be found below.)

Review of Humanagerie (an anthology of poetry and short fiction edited by Sarah Doyle and Allen Ashley, Eibonvale Press, 2018) published on The Poetry Shed. (And a reminder that you can find links to my other micro-reviews and endorsements on my Reviewing page.)

Last month, I mentioned one of my poems, ‘Making Butter’, being selected for the Carers UK anthology volume 5, Keeping Well, Keeping Connected. I’m pleased to say that the anthology can now be ordered here.

I’m also delighted to share reading video recordings of my two poems in the 2018 Hippocrates Prize Anthology: ‘At breaking point’, which one second prize, and ‘Postpartum’, which was commended. These have been added to the videoreadings part of my site and can be enjoyed below. The anthology is available here. (And I believe there’s also a few weeks to go until the deadline for this year’s prize, for any poets interested in entering!)

Links to this and recordings of other prize/anthology poems can also be found on the Hippocrates Prize website here.

EVENTS

Sunday, 3 February – Wolverhampton Literature Festival competition reading, awards & anthology launch

I will be reading my poem ‘Grey wonderer’, shortlisted in the 2019 Wolverhampton Literature Festival (WoLF) poetry competition and published in the WoLF anthology which will be on sale at the award ceremony on Sunday, 3 February at 2.30pm in Wolverhampton art gallery. The event is free and the venue is in the Contemporary Gallery within the Art Gallery, Lichfield St WV1 1DU. Brief details of the event are here.

Monday, 11 February – Loose Muse, Winchester

I will be guest poet with Robyn Bolam at Loose Muse in Winchester for Loose Muse’s fourth birthday. The event, which also features open mic, is from 7.30pm-9.30pm. At Winchester Discovery Centre, Jewry St, Winchester SO23 8SB.

Saturday, 30 March – ‘Her Story: Why we Write’ – Women Writers Event with Positive Images Festival at Coventry’s Central library

I will be one of Positive Images Festival’s featured writers at this reading and informal panel/Q and A at Coventry Central Library Smithford Way, Coventry CV1 1FY from 1:30pm – 3:30pm.