So I’m excited (& a bit nervous) to finally be able to share the news that my unpublished ‘The Myopic of Me’ is on the longlist for the memoir prize in the New Welsh Writing Awards 2017!!!

While I’m still way too young (obviously!!! ;-)) for a conventional memoir, ‘The Myopic of Me’ features seven versions of my life ( its quirks & serendipities) to date, each one with a slightly different focus/angle/lens…Delighted to have made the longlist, I’m now biting my nails & taking all the luck vibes I can get for the next stage.

In other news, I’m delighted that the Disapper Here project is shortlisted for the Best Collaborative Work in this year’s Saboteur Awards and The Chronicles of Eve (Paper Swans Press) for the Best Anthology. I’m very proud to have been a very small part in both of these!!!

The contest winners are now decided by public vote, with voting open until the end of April. Please do follow this link and register your vote, for these categories and for the others.

Disappear Here was a fantastic collaboration to work on and the range of poetryfilms produced truly stunning! (More about the project can be found later in my blog, or by following this link to the official website.)

The Chronicles of Eve is a beautiful anthology – as can be seen from this link. I have two poems this book, poems that are substantial to me on a topic that is also itself substantial – celebrating and exploring what it means to be a woman.

In other Saboteur news, I was also delighted as V. Press editor to find out that David Clarke’s V. Press pamphlet Scare Stories was longlisted for the Best Poetry Pamphlet. To set this in context, V. Press hasn’t run any campaigning for anything in these awards and David’s pamphlet was only published on March 27 – just four days before the closing date for people to register their nominations!!!

The full shortlist and longlist can be viewed here.

Other Publications

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‘First Thing’, a Blackpool-inspired poem, published in the Best of British, Paper Swans Press anthology;
‘Sleeping Beauty’, poem, published in Three Drops from a Cauldron, issue 14.

Radio

Just a reminder that I will be on Touch FM this coming Saturday (April 15), talking about my part as one of the poets on the Disappear Here Coventry ringroad-inspired project. The interview also included talking about my wider writing and inspiration, as well as reading one of my Disappear Here poems and two poems from my Nine Arches Press collection plenty-fish.

This was great fun to do and Coventry Culture Show presenter Neil Wilkes so easy to chat to. The interview is due to be broadcast on Saturday, April 15 at 96.2 Touch Fm in the Coventry area, online at http://www.962touchfm.co.uk/player/. The whole show is from 10am-2pm, but I’m told the interview is likely to be broadcast between 12 and 1pm.

I’m also delighted that the opening to Kaleidoscope – as read at the novella launch – is to be broadcast again on this Monday, May 3’s live broadcast at Radio Wildfire. The re.Lit show is broadcast on the first Monday of the month from 20.00-22.00 (UK time).