Phew! It’s been another busy couple of weeks – packed with poetry publications, acceptances and the countdown to my reading at Cheltenham Poetry Festival.

I’ve already blogged about how delighted I am to be reading alongside major Faber poet Bernard O’Donoghue at this year’s festival and now it’s so close I can taste the poems!

The reading on Saturday (April 27) is from 3.30pm to 4.30pm at Copa, 66 Regent St, Cheltenham, GL50 1HA and you can book tickets here. There are also lots of other fantastic poets on that day. I’m hoping to catch Jonathan and Maria Taylor’s reading, the Nine Arches Poetry Rodeo and Fiona Sampson and Ross Cogan while I’m there.

Unfortunately, the same day is also the Liverpool launch of Sculpted:Poetry of the North West, in which I’m delighted to have three poems. This week also saw a wonderful review of the anthology on Sabotage. You can check it out here for a flavour of the poetry to be found inside this also lovely-looking book.

Meanwhile, last Wednesday (April 17) saw my poem ‘Tock’ go live on the Fit to Work: Poets against Atos website campaigning about disability reforms. If you click on the title of my poem ‘Tock’ on that website, you will also find a small audio surprise!

This week, I also had a short poemvideo accepted for the first issue of Verse-Kraken: The Magazine of Hybrid Art. The magazine also has a blog featuring some stunning photos, art, poetry, film…

I’ve been revelling too in Mark Goodwin’s Clause in a Noise pamphlet from Knives, Forks and Spoons, featuring one of my spectogram art photos for the front cover.

My copy of Heart Shoots, an Indigo Dreams Publishing/We are Macmillan Cancer Support poetry anthology also arrived at the start of the week. This cause is important to me because of my mother’s successful battle against breast cancer when I was pregnant with my first son, so I’ve proud to have my poem Listen! included in this.

While I’m mentioning charity anthologies, I have two poems in The Mortal Man, to raise money for the National Autistics Society but more news of that to follow in a slightly less busy week!