You have to throw the book against the wall

I’ve just finished reading Margaret Craven’s I Heard the Owl Call My Name. For a novel that’s 133 pages it took me a long time to read. It’s about an Anglican priest who is unaware that he has only three years to live. The bishop is told this by the priest’s doctor and sends the young ordinand to Kingcome, … Continue reading...

Crow, performed by Handspring

Until I saw Crow performed at The Borough Hall tonight, I don’t think I’d realised how well dance and poetry complement each other. They are physical in different ways. Poetry is a language we read with the body and the senses. Dance struggles between freedom and the corporeality of the body. Like poets, dancers can contort the language of the … Continue reading...

The expectation of surprise

I sent a batch of poems to Poetry London yesterday. Sending to magazines is a great excuse to catch up on any issues you haven’t read in a while. They give you a sense of what’s happening in poetry. It’s refreshing to see emerging themes and styles. How far this is because of the editorial vision or the movements of … Continue reading...

Bat hunting

Tonight was my second poetry workshop with Joe and Hugh. While you might normally go to the pub to chat and catch up, it’s good to meet with the feeling of purpose a workshop session brings. That shared sense of purpose you get from meeting other writers has re-energised me, adding a social dimension to what is otherwise a solitary … Continue reading...

The Dark Horse

I’ve polished six of my best recent poems and sent them for consideration by one of my favourite journals, The Dark Horse. Well worth subscribing if you don’t already.

The Bridport Prize

My hope is to have some poems published in a magazine this year, so I haven’t entered any competitions up until now. Whilst regrouping following a volley of rejection letters, I noticed that the deadline for The Bridport Prize was approaching. Tempt not a desperate man. I’ve been shortlisted for The Bridport a few times and felt that it deserved … Continue reading...