I’m absolutely over the moon that my poem ‘People Scare Me Because’ is shortlisted in the open category of this year’s Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine.The final decisions are announced in May and I’ve had a fun time recording a video reading of the poem for the virtual award ceremony in the second Poems to Live for live-streamed Zoom session which will start at 9pm UK time on Friday, 15 May. Meantime, I’m keeping busy so I don’t have time to get too excited or too nervous about it!

With my editor’s hat on, I also have fingers crossed for two V. Press authors, Diane Simmons and Damhnait Monaghan, whose flash fiction novellas An Inheritance and The Neverlands are both shortlisted in this year’s Saboteur Awards for Best Novella. More on this and how to vote for them here!


Kaleidoscope audio cover

Like a lot of authors, I’ve lost out on work because of the current lockdown. But I do have a new book out – an audiobook recording of me reading the whole of Kaleidoscope is now available on:

Audible using this link;
iTunes in the app store;
Amazon UK on this link; on this link.


A poetryfilm version of my poem Model Child from Vindication (Arachne Press) can be enjoyed below.

The Vindication anthology is available from Arachne Press here.

One of the reasons for making the above film is the Covid-19 lockdown, with traditional book reading and online poetry readings and experiences needing to fill the gap created by people being unable to go out to actual poetry events.

It’s also a time when poems can not only entertain or distract us but potentially help lighten the load and uplift. I was delighted to hear from the fabulous Brenda Read-Brown at Poetry on Loan that she was going to feature my commissioned postcard poem ‘And counting…’ on the Poetry on Loan website front page for this reason. You can read the poem here and it comes with my love and good health wishes to you all.

I’ve also created a poetryfilm of my Guillemot Press anthology poem ‘From Wild Sargasso Seas…” This can be enjoyed along with other eel poems here or by clicking play on the video below.


My poem Doing the School Run with Freud which was shortlisted and won a special mention in the East Riding Festival of Words Poetry Competition 2019 can be read here.
Through Our Letterbox (poem) in Caduceus 102 in March 2020;
In hollowed oak – a short owlish meditation on mothering (CNF flash) on The Blue Nib‘s The Write Life in March 2020;
Hidden histories and Worcester’s Second-hand Store (poems) on Nine Muses poetry on 2 April 2020;
Keeping Guard used as the cover image and published within Door Is A Jar Literary Magazine, Issue 14 Spring 2020 in April 2020, available in paperback here and as an ebook here;
Yin & Yang (photo) in Door Is A Jar Literary Magazine, Issue 14 Spring 2020 in April 2020, available in paperback here and as an ebook here;
About Halving (flash) in Door Is A Jar Literary Magazine, Issue 14 Spring 2020 in April 2020, available in paperback here and as an ebook here;
At White Lake on Spelk in April 2020;
The Nook and the Knack and Our Time (poems) published on Good Dadhood on 5 April 2020;
Apocalypses Don’t Start This Way (poem) published in Capsule Stories‘s special pandemic edition in April 2020, more info and e-editions are available here on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.


‘watering the light’ (photo) and ‘still a chance’ (eco-inspired ink-drawing) for Flash Frontier in April;
‘The Darkest Well’ (poem) for Black Bough Poetry, issue 6 in April/May 2020;
‘Strange Orbits’ (poem) for publication on Atrium Poetry on 29 May 2020;
‘Cocktail Dreams’, ‘Uncaught’, ‘Nanna dances’ and ‘Tidemarked’ (poems) for publication in the autumn issue of The High Window;
‘Along our coastline’ (poem) for publication on The Beach Hut in April/May;
‘The day we disappeared’ (flash with a hypertext twist) for Ellipsis on May 4;


Unfortunately, this year’s Hastings Litfest has been cancelled, including the flash fiction competition that I was due to judge. However, I am delighted to be the poetry judge for this year’s Gloucestershire Writers’ Network 2020 Competition, supported by The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival. The theme is ‘My World’ and the deadline is early July 2020. Full details about the competition and how to enter can be found here. Please do follow the instructions carefully, particularly making sure your entry is anonymous.