Whoop, whoop and triple whoop! There’s little else I could blog about this week, than the arrival of my second collection Be[yond], published by Knives, Forks and Spoons Press.

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of holding my book in my hands for the first time. Obviously, I am extraordinarily biased but it is a truly beautiful thing to look at, with its glossy cover and artwork by Sam Hutchcocks and Julie Haller. Its almost chapbook-like sleekness also feels trendily hip. But, as I say, I am prejudiced in its favour. I can’t wait to see now what readers make of the poetry. (Copies can be ordered here on the website or direct from Knives, Forks and Spoons Press.)

There’s also some more blurb about the collection, its inspiration, thanks due etc here and I will be posting various videopoem, text and audio samples on this blog and the website over the next few months.

Despite my excitement, the whole things still feels slightly less real, with so many other things going on this week, from setting up my own small press and its first publication, to preparing for my gig at Ledbury Poetry Festival, watching out for buses with my poems on them and being part of a new anthology of poetry against Green Belt development. But more of that to come over the new few weeks. For now, I’m basking in a satisfaction – poor pun alert! – Be[yond] all else. 😉