So today, I am briefly breaking the website silence of the past few unblogged weeks to say Happy National Poetry!

Since my last post about the Droitwich launch of Be[yond], I have been a featured poet at Leicester Shindig and enjoyed the collection’s Knives, Forks and Spoons Press launch in Liverpool. Then it was the third ‘L’ of the month: London, where I am living and working for a month, and currently typing this blog.

With all this going on, life has been busy! Highlights, in addition to those just mentioned above, include finding out I am a winner in this year’s Oxford University/Radcliffe Science Library Parallel Universe Poetry Competition.

I will be reading my science-inspired poem ‘Transplanted’ at a reading/reception at 7.30pm, Friday 11 October at the Radcliffe Science Library, Oxford, along with readings of the other nine winning poems.

These poems will also be displayed around the library and then the Museum of the History of Science in November, with an audio recording for this exhibition and to go on the RSL website.

On the subject of audio recordings, Radio Wildfire will also be playing my poem ‘Reading Aloud with My Son’ (from Be[yond]) on their Re: Lit live broadcast from 8pm – 10pm on Monday (October 7).

All this poetry excitement has me more than fired up to enjoy National Poetry Day today. I shall be heading out to enjoy the Poetry Society celebrations over at Southbank later. Meanwhile, this year’s theme is water, so especially for the blog today, two videopoem versions of two water/swimming/snow pieces from my latest collection Be[yond].

Happy National Poetry Day! Hope you’re having word fun wherever you are today!