It’s been a week of publications, readings, agreeing proofs and waiting for endorsements for The Magnetic Diaries.

On Monday, one of my recent environmental poems, ‘Summit’, was published on The Stare’s Nest. Recent pictures of walrus massing on a beach as a result of global warming causing their usual ice platform home to melt were a very visual reminder of our impact on the natural world. I couldn’t help but be struck by the contrast to politicians’ summits, which sometimes seem to amass more words than actual force for change.

This week, I was also delighted to see one of my spectrograph-art-poems and three other poems on the Royal Philharmonic Society’s website. These poems were all inspired or written along to a mystery piece of music, as part of the society’s Notes into Letters project. ‘Fallout’ and ‘Edgings’ are the most direct responses, but I can see traces of the music in the other two pieces as well.

On Friday night, I headed up to Cheltenham to read in The Quiet Compere’s night of medicine-inspired poetry, ahead of the Medicine Unboxed conference this weekend. It was a fabulous night – great atmosphere, wonderful poetry and amazing variety too.

Meanwhile, next Tuesday is the Restless Bones anthology evening at Poetry Bites at the Kitchen Garden Café in King’s Heath, Birmingham. I’m absolutely delighted to have five poems in this anthology in support of the fight against the fur trade, and it looks set to be an amazing of poetry.

I’m not entirely sure whether I shall make the event myself, as I’m in London the next day for the Poetry Society’s stanza rep meet-ups. I greatly looking forward to meeting/seeing old friends at this, as well as hopefully making some new poetry friends too.