Flash fiction’Emptied’ published in the latest issue of The Nottingham Review;

Interview with a Shearsman poet accepted for Tears in the Fence;

Proofs for two poems in a forthcoming issue of PN Review (coming soon!)


“Sarah James and Angela Topping have created us a bright circle to huddle around. “All these hearths live in me,” one writes. This book builds a history of houses and families as richly as a novel…
“…not a single tale that emerges form the sequence but many, generations seen from both ends, people loved and people lost. Whether one grandfather in a blanket who needs oxygen is the same as the another who builds his clock is not what matters. The stories told here are bigger than individuals — archetypal, even as they are immersive. This is poetry performing at its best, when the texture of, perhaps, a doorknob (known deeply by the fingertip) expands into a lover’s whole person brushing past it, and ultimately into an experience to share.
“…the description is alive with choice words, and full of movement…This book ranges so deeply it can be returned to many times, each one a new, full experience. Hearth is alive — not shy of bitterness, abandonment or age — alive in close-ups of toy skaters or flannel pajamas. It’s a book built to last. It’s homely.” Gram Joel Davies, The Lake [Full review here.]

Hearthcan be bought here.

“The glass rivers are made of wild dreams, blood, wine, and music, a tender and reassuring rhythm…” Agnes Marton, 5-star review on goodreads

Lampshades & Glass Rivers can be bought here (for only a £1 when bought with The Magnetic Diaries or plenty-fish).


Having enjoyed this year’s Worcestershire Litfest & Fringe launch on Friday, then poetry at the Museum of Royal Worcester on Saturday, I’m now on countdown to – and massively excited about – the Reaction Thatre Makers performance of my poetry-play on Tuesday.

It will be the first time that I’ve heard the music specially composed for the play by Joanna Karselis (thanks to funding from Arts Council England, Worcestershire County Council and The Elmley Foundation).

Performance details: Tuesday, June 14, Worcestershire Litfest & Fringe event, The Hive, Sawmill Walk, The Butts, Worcester WR1 3PB
19:30 for a 20:00 start
Tickets: £8 in advance or £10 on the night – advance tickets available via PayPal at

Magnetic Diaries Poster Worcester A5 72dpi


As a facilitator, I’m delighted to have a series of ‘From Pain to Poetry’ workshops coming up with groups in Worcester and Malvern as part of The Magnetic Diaries tour.

An open workshop suitable for new and experienced writers is also planned for October at Birmingham MAC. Anyone interested in this can find out more by emailing me on