New Year’s Eve, a time for reflecting, summing up the year’s highlights/achievements/milestones, planning next year’s goals, or simply thinking ‘what the heck!’ and partying on regardless? Over the years, I’ve tried all these, and more. One truth above all, as one year ends, another rings itself in. Then, before I know it, it’s New Year’s Eve again.

So, no best of 2015 lists and no resolutions from me. A list linking to microreviews of some books I’ve enjoyed over the past few years can be found here and a few further reflections on the nature of New Year’s Eve are in my poem ‘Unspilled’ today over on the Ink, Sweat & Tears Twelve Days of Christmas feature.

Now, a taster of one thing I’m looking forward to in 2016 – the planned tour of ‘The Magnetic Diaries’, starring Vey Straker and directed by Tiffany Hosking.

The Magnetic Diaries Trailer from Nathan K Williams on Vimeo.

Other Snippets for 2016:

The Magnetic Diaries and plenty-fish have been listed as works eligible for this year’s Ted Hughes Award. The Poetry Society members and Poetry Book Society members now have until January 8 to recommend their favourite eligible work of 2015 for the award.

On Saturday, January 16, I will be special guest at the first in a series of planned Guest Readings at Walsall Arboretum Café. The evening also features folk band The Flaky Tarts, and guest readers Bert Flitcroft and Roy McFarlane. The event starts at 7.30pm and will include the chance for audience members to put questions to me in a short relaxed question and answer/discussion session. It would be lovely to see you there!

And there are just a few weeks left to get entries in for this year’s Mother’s Milk Books Writing Prize, where I am judging the poetry sections!

Happy New Year, everyone!