So, it’s here. The Magnetic Diaries is now on sale over at Knives, Forks and Spoons Press, along with links to a shortened audio and video version of the narrative. And last night was the official Droitwich launch.

It was a great night, with fabulous poetry too from poet-friends Maggie Doyle, Nina Lewis, Ruth Stacey, Jenny Hope, Fergus McGonigal and young prize-winning poet Lissy Hope.

As fate, or not, is one of the The Magnetic Diaries/Madame Bovary themes, I decided to leave my set from the book to fate/chance, with poems chosen randomly from a box of quotations from the book. There aren’t quite enough for a decent cento, but fate’s snippets were: “a slippery white that will not set”, “our carafe of unhurt plainness”, “sucked dry, hunger’s remnants”, “ice winds sting”, “stillness in the winter’s stark trees” and “folds me into cardboard” – of course, to find out where these come from and how they all fit together, you’ll need to buy the book! 😉

Details of the poetry-play version at The Courtyard theatre in Hereford on Saturday, July 4 are also now live on The Courtyard website.

The past few weeks have also brought me a few pom acceptances and news of a poem shortlisted in the Corinium Museum Poetry Competition. This poem, inspired by the Roman cockerel artefact on the museum website, will now be on display at the museum from next Friday (April 17) until Friday, May 22.

Next on my event list now is not The Magnetic Diaries but the launch of Hearth, a collaborative pamphlet with Angela Topping, at Cheltenham Poetry Festival later this month.

Sunday, April 26Hearth, the collaborative pamphlet between Sarah James and Angela Topping, will be launched at Cheltenham Poetry Festival in a Mother’s Milk Books reading and panel Q and A on collaboration on Sunday, April 26, from 11am-12pm in the Playhouse Theatre Lounge. Tickets are £6/4. Bookings through Cheltenham Town Hall in person, online at or call 0844 576 2210 from mid-March.
Festival brochure (page 4) and Cheltenham Poetry Festival website.