HAPPY NATIONAL POETRY DAY!!!

Having ended up running behind in my initial plans to blog last Sunday, it seemed apt to shift my blogpost to today, as most of my recent celebrations are poetry related. (And very small compared to the grand range of poetry on offer across the country today – out there, online, maybe even everyday speech – all to be enjoyed!)

Elbow Room - from each tiny twig

This week I received a set of beautiful postcards with my photo-poem ‘From each tiny twig’. The postcards were produced by Elbow Room as part of their 5th birthday celebrations. A selection of these birthday postcards featuring contributor’s work can be bought here.

I’m also very pleased to have my poem ‘Chicken for Dinner’ published on Algebra of Owls. Also that there’s been a new print run of Hearth (Mother’s Milk Books), the poetry duet pamphlet that Angela Topping and I collaborated on. You can get copies here.

I’m delighted to have a poem ‘Underwater: The Rain Globe’ accepted for the next issue of Firefly. This is part of a much longer global warming sequence so very important to me.

Another poem, The Nowhere Shed, has also been accepted for The High Window next year. This web journal has an amazing range of poetry and resources on its website, so I’d really recommend it.

WATERSTONES PROMOTION FOR MY NOVELLA KALEIDOSCOPE

I will be reading with fabulous poets Katy Wareham Morris and Ruth Stacy in a themed night – An Unconventional History of Maidenhood, Mothering and Mistresses – at Birmingham Waterstones on Thursday, October 5. (More details in the events list below.)

To celebrate the evening, there’s a FREE (yep, neatly tying in, at a slant, with this year’s that National Poetry Day theme of ‘freedom’) promotion of my novella Kaleidoscope: a free copy (up to 20 in total) with any copy of the other three books featured in the reading that is bought from Waterstones on the night.

V. PRESS & POETRY READINGS COMING UP SOON…

TONIGHT: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 – NATIONAL POETRY DAY – AUTUMN IN MALVERN FESTIVAL 2017

I’m absolutely delighted that this year I will be enjoying National Poetry Day from the audience! One of my poems in the Voices of 1919 anthology is included in this reading from the work by local actors.

voices npd 2017 flier

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 30, FREE VERSE, LONDON

This year’s Poetry Book Fair takes place on Saturday, September 30 at Conway Hall in London and I will again be taking V. Press.

As well as a stand, this year we also have a V. Press reading by Stephen Daniels and Nina Lewis at 3pm at the GARDEN CAFE in RED LION SQUARE.

“Unbroken : V. Press poets celebrate connection/disconnection.
Stephen Daniels reads from ‘Tell Mistakes I Love Them’, exposing social nerves and poking at the wounds with very vulnerable and very poignant poems. Worcestershire poet laureate Nina Lewis offers a very authentic and very fervent glimpse of ‘Fragile Houses’ – tender and sharp snapshots of people, places and memories carried through life.”

Later that day, I will also be reading for Arachne Press at 4.30pm at the Garden Café in Red Lion Square.

The fair itself is free to enter and is open to the public from 11am – 6pm, with an Evening Do from 7pm onwards, at Conway Hall (25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL).

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6, WATERSTONES, BIRMINGHAM

Thursday 5th October – An Unconventional History of Maidenhood, Mothering and Mistresses
Waterstones, Birmingham – Thursday 5th October 19:30 – 21:00

Katy Wareham Morris will be performing poetry from her collaborative pamphlet with Ruth Stacey, Inheritance. Ruth Stacey will be sharing poems from her collaborative pamphlet with Katy Wareham Morris, Inheritance, and her collection, Queen, Jewel, Mistress. And Sarah James (aka Sarah Leavesley) will be reading from her poetry collection, Plenty-Fish, and from her brand new novella, Kaleidoscope.

There will also be a book signing. The Waterstones event page here.Waterstones address: 24-26 High St, Birmingham B4 7SL

waterstones pic cropped

To celebrate the evening, there’s a FREE (yep, neatly tying in, at a slant, with this year’s that National Poetry Day theme of ‘freedom’) promotion of my novella Kaleidoscope: a free copy (up to 20 in total) with any copy of the other three books featured in the reading that is bought from Waterstones on the night.

Saturday, 4th November – Poetry Cafe, London – Launch of Against the Grain Press & Anna Kisby’s All the Naked Daughters

I will be reading Anna Kisby, Jane Lovell and Sean Magnus Martin for the press launch and launch of Anna Kisby’s papmhlet All the Naked Daughters. 6pm at Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, London WC2H 9BX.

Against the Grain

FINALLY, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, BIG THANKS AND GRATITUDE TO ANYONE AND EVERYONE INVOLVED IN MAKING THESE LOVELY THINGS HAPPEN!!!