No sooner one festival over than another begins – or in my case several, this weekend.

Worcestershire Literary Festival has been great. I’ve already blogged about many of the events I read/performed in and the family-friendly poetry workshops I ran with fellow Worcestershire poet Jenny Hope were also fantastic fun.

Now Ledbury Poetry Festival kicks off this weekend, though unfortunately I won’t have a chance to get to this year’s amazing array of workshops and events until later in the week.

One reason is that this weekend is also Droitwich Junction Canal opening and Water Festival and the start of Droitwich Music and Arts Festival . I will be reading a couple of poems written specially for the water festival at the official canal opening on Friday and will have a poetry and photography display From the Tow Path in the town’s Vines Park. This will be up in the marque from Friday through to Sunday.


Myself with Droitwich artists Sam Hutchcocks and Julie Haller (from Moonlit Murals) and their painting created in response to one of my poems which will be on display in From the Tow Path


A sneak preview of some of the haiku and photos can be found on my website in my online preview for An Eyeful of Words exhibition, offering interactive poems and poem videos. This was due to take place in Droitwich Library in July but has been put off until next June due to the library now being closed for refurbishment next month. I’m extremely grateful for the chance to still show some of this work this year, through the Water Festival, and for the support I’ve had from local library manager Jackie Passey and Peter Hawkins, Alan Davey, John Dudley and Janet Yates from Droitwich Arts Network.

On Saturday evening, I shall also be in a musical mood and probably trying out some new performance pieces at the Blues at the Fold festival in Bransford. I should be appearing alongside Kidderminster poet Sarah Tamar in the courtyard at around 7.30pm. Fingers crossed for the weather because I’m really looking forward to this!

I’m also reading/performing in the Worcestershire Literary Festival post-festival Parole Parlate at Little Venice restaurant in Worcester on Thursday, July 7. This event already has a great line-up, including Worcestershire poets Maggie Doyle, Math Jones, Bobby Parker and Amy Rainbow.

Other news in brief, so to speak, is that my Jawdance Audio Poetry competition has now been combined with the stunning photo by Alexander Brattell that inspired it to create a poem video which you can view here.

The audio version of my winning entry is also one of several poems scheduled for the next Radio Wildfire live transmission on Monday, July 4. The live show starts at 8pm at www.radiowildfire.com.

Amongst other things this week, I’ve been busy reading through some of the latest poetry submissions for the Worcestershire Literary Festival Be: magazine. We posted the first pieces, by Chris Guidon and Math Jones, last Monday. You can read them here. Look out for the next poems to go up soon and keep those submissions flooding in.

I’ve also been trying to snatch some odd moments to enjoy my latest new books – poetry collections by Claire Crowther and Sarah Corbett, two very inspiring and talented poets. Talking of which, next on my ‘to buy’ list is award-winning poet Catherine Smith’s short story collection The Biting Point. With some sunshine at last and so much reading to look forward to, I think it’s going to be a good summer!