Somewhat tentatively on a superficial level – yet at the same time actually more strongly at a deeper one – I want to tie my previous two blogposts together with a few afterthoughts.

Since writing about the art of hope, and writing rejection, I came across the following TED talk ‘What I learned from 100 days of rejection’. I’m not quite sure that courting rejections we expect not to get/don’t care about is actually a sound basis for preparing us for rejection on things we care about deeply. But there is a lot to be said about learning not to give in to insubstantial fears and also a lot of useful insight gained here in how to turn a rejection around.

On the disappearing front, I’ve been thinking a lot about the things we have to lose or say goodbye to over the years, as time, priorities and commitments force us to make choices or choose for us. This applies to parts of our own personality and lifestyle as much as people or things. The following TED talk is fascinating in terms of the false predictions we make for our future selves, but also hope-inspiring in how much we’re still able to change – no matter what our age!


Talking of disappearing…I shall be disappearing off to various parts of the Midlands over the next few months.

Saturday, March 11 – Leicester launch of Kaleidoscope

Launch of my novella, Kaleidoscope, at the States of Independence independent presses day at De Montfort University, Oxford Street, Leicester LE1 5XY.

Thursday, March 16 – Coventry Launch of Disappear Here poetryfilms

Launch of the Disappear Here Coventry ringroad inspired collaborative poetryfilms, including the three commissioned from myself and film-maker Ben Cook. This free event is from 19:00 – 22:00 at The Box – Fargo Village, Coventry, CV1 5ED. More information and tickets here.

Thursday, May 18 – Leominster Library

Reading with David Clarke at Leominster Library from 7pm-8pm as part of the Adopt a Poet project from Nine Arches. The event will include book signings. The event is ticketed but free and tickets will be available 6 weeks before the gig from Leominster Library, The Buttercross, Leominster HR6 8BN (phone:01432 383290).


Mosaic – environmental poem published in Critical Survey Volume 28/3, Dec 2016.
Learning to drive and Handwritten published on Good Dadhood – who’d be brave enough to teach their teenage daughter to drive!
Dead Woman Walking flash fiction on Re. Lit live broadcast at Radio Wildfire on Feb 6;
From Bordesley Street Diner and Sleeping Beauty accepted for future issues of
Three Drops From a Cauldron.
I’ve also been busy proofing my novella Kaleidoscope and my poem, In his place, for the next Beautiful Dragons Press anthology.