How to Grow Matches London launch 1

How to Grow Matches London launch 2


I’m very excited that my poetry pamphlet How to Grow Matches with Against The Grain Press went to the printers this past week. I’ve just had a flyer from the Against The Grain Press editors for the launch event they’re organising at the Poetry Cafe on March 31. More details on this to be revealed shortly, but the immediate where and when and sample poem in the flyer below.

I’ll also be setting up a website page here for the pamphlet, including the lovely endorsements from Luke Kennard and Gill McEvoy, and will be organising my own local launch event later in the year. Meantime, the pamphlet is available to pre-order from Against The Grain Press shop here!!!

And my sequel novella to Kaleidoscope, Always Another Twist (Mantle Lane Press), is near proof stage now and I hope to have more news on that to share soon too…


‘when it rains…’ specially commended in the Oriel Davies Gallery Open Writing Competition 2017.

‘All the women left’ (a poem from my forthcoming pamphlet How to Grow Matches) published on Atrium in Jan 2018;

Poetryfilm version of ‘Cumulus’ featured on the Cloud Appreciation Society website.

Publication of ‘Unhexing’, which was commissioned for the Still Born project and written in response to artist Adinda van ’t Klooster’s stunning artwork ‘Frozen’. The poem is one of eight commissioned for Adinda van t’ Klooster’s new book Still Born, which combines a personal selection of her artwork alongside responses by eight poets, her own narrative, and text by stillbirth specialist and obstetrician Alexander Heazell of Tommy’s Stillbirth Research Centre at the University of Manchester. (The book is launched at Northern Print, Stepney Bank, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 2NP on 22 March from 6pm – 8pm. More about this here.)

Two poems due out in A Restricted View From Under the Hedge(Hedgehog Press) ‘Zen and the Art of Cycle Maintenance in Issue #1 (March) and ‘Hedgehog Kind’ in Issue #2 (June).

‘A Planet Where’ accepted for Words for the Wild online.

I’m delighted to have been paired with U.S. poet Susan Roney-O’Brien for a transatlantic project between Worcester, U.K. and Worcester, Massachusetts. The ‘Tale of Two Cities’ project organised by Worcestershire poet laureate Nina Lewis involved sending each other a poem and then writing a response to the other’s emailed poem. Poems from the project are to be featured in a Contour Magazine special edition in April 2018.

Eight poems scheduled for a six-poet Arachne Press anthology in September 2018.


I’m delighted to have fiction published/forthcoming at:

‘Mistletoe & Marriage’ on Flash Fiction Magazine in Feb 2018.

‘No False Pretences’ (flash) on Fictive Dream in Feb 2018.

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‘Collecting Pylons’ (flash) scheduled for Spelk on April 20.

‘The Last Red Cherry’ (short fiction cli-fi) accepted for Cabinet of Heed (sci-fi issue).

Five pieces of short/flash fiction scheduled for an Arachne Press fiction anthology by five writers in September 2018;


Wednesday, 17 October 2018 – guest poet at Poetry Cafe Refreshed, Cheltenham

The evening at Smokey Joe’s, 16 Bennington St, Cheltenham, GL50 4ED runs 7pm – 9pm, and also includes open mic slots.

I have various other events coming up on the flash fiction and poetry fronts, as well as launches for my Against The Grain Press pamphlet How to Grow Matches and my new novella Always Another Twist (Mantle Lane Press). So, watch this space as they say…

Meantime, if anyone’s interested in the three-poet festival reading ‘An Unconventional History of Maidenhood, Mothering and Mistresses’, more information about the reading and booking us for a festival spoken word night or bookshop reading can be found here: An Unconventional History of Maidenhood, Mothering & Mistresses – Marketing Pack 2018.


At the end of last year, I was delighted to be asked by Roz Goddard to write an endorsement for her wonderful pamphlet ‘Spill’ out now with Flarestack Poets.

It was great to hear Roz read from this at the recent Verve Poetry Festival in Birmingham as part of Jane Commane’s fabulous launch for her collection Assembly Lines. Two stunning poetry titles that I’d thoroughly recommend!