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Ivor Gurney’s ‘After-Glow’

My role as Ledbury Poetry Festival Guest Editor for Versopolis included interviewing Sandeep Parmar about Difficulty, Diversity and Responsibility, and commissioning: ‘The Hills Are Alive‘ an eco-poetry piece by Ledbury Poetry Festival Troubadour of the Hills for Ledbury Poetry Festival Jean Atkin; a review by Ledbury Emerging Poetry Critic Jade Cuttle; and ‘Memories, Moments & Mingled Space‘ by Margaret Adkins. My editorial ‘Community, Conflict and Compassion – with a few confessions!’ can be read here.

I’m also delighted to have my poem ‘The Disappearing River, Stream, Trickle’ (with an audio recording too) published at the end of the beautiful Streams strand on Words for the Wild in July 2019.

‘Wet Weekend’ published in The Cotton Grass Appreciation Society (Maytree Press) in August 2019, copies available here.

‘Love like glass’ (syllabic sonnet) published in Cupid’s Arrow (Hedgehog Poetry Press Stickleback) in July 2019.

Other news includes ‘The Mermaid with a 12m Tail’ (poem) to be published on The Stare’s Nest tomorrow (Aug 12), a flash ‘The Dream Dresser’ accepted for Literally Stories in September, a haibun taken for the Offa’s Press ‘Japanese’ anthology to be published in October, five pieces from my photographic sequence ‘chambers of the heart’ accepted for Bonnie’s Crew issue 6 in December, ‘Still the Apple’ for the ‘fruit’ themed strand on Words for the Wild in December.


I’m delighted to have a review of Sophie Essex’s Some Pink Star up on The Poetry Shed here.

My review of Jane Lovell’s This Tilting Earth (Seren Books) is also forthcoming on The High Window.

If you scroll down to my previous blogpost, there’s my In the Booklight interview with Sue Burge about her collection In the Kingdom of Shadows, which also includes some micro-review of the poems.

Later this month (Aug 23), I also have an In the Booklight interview and micro-review piece with Kate Garrett about her chapbook To Feed My Woodland Bones.