Archive for the 'Poetry' Category

Poem Card for Southend Festival

I was really pleased to find one of my poems being used on Poem Cards, as part of the Southend Festival’s campaign to get people to write poetry about Southend.

See link  for details:

My poem card along with some others with poems by members of the Southend Poetry Group are being distributed around Southend on Sea.

Poem Card for Southend Festival

Poem Card for Southend Festival


Simon Armitage

Simon Armitage on National Poetry Day

Michael Rosen

Michael Rosen

Alex Smith

Alex Smith

Alex Smith

I was saddened to learn of the death of my friend and fellow Essex poet Alex Smith. Alex was a fine poet and poetry critic, his poems appeared in Acumen, Agenda, Brittlestar, Poetry Review, Stand and The London Review of Books, to name but a few. He wrote reviews for many magazines including Acumen & Poetry Review.
He had five volumes of poetry published, The Appetites of Morning, the Languor of Afternoons (1996 Salzburg University), Kayserling (1997 Overstep Books), Histories (with Anne Born, 1998 Salzburg University), Ocean Myths (1999 Ino Press) and his most recent Venetian Blue (2010 dark age press).
We used to workshop poems in a group that met bi-monthly & in between we would email poems to each other, he was always generous with his time and sharp with his comments.

Traced in the Shadow at Ledbury Poetry Festival in July

Icebytes Café, 38 The Homend, Ledbury from 1st to 10th July

Photographer and Poet, Derek Adams has combined his two interests to produce a series of arresting black and white portraits of contemporary poets. The photographs, coupled with poems which explore aspects of photography written by the sitters form the basis of the exhibition
Traced in the Shadow: ways of looking at poets. Poets included are, Dannie Abse, Matthew Hollis, Allison McVety, Pascale Petit, Katrina Porteous, & Jo Shapcott, some of whom are appearing at the festival.

On Saturday July 2nd, I will be giving an introduction to the photos and answering questions about the exhibition from 3.15pm – 3.45pm at the Icebytes Café

Part of the Ledbury Poetry festival

Pin back your lugholes

If you don’t already know about this, it is time to get the Bugged bug. On July the 1st it is time to eavesdrop ,  hear it, write it, send it. See Bugged

Overheard as I was going up the stairs of the Curzon Soho, from a girl going down the stairs “we didn’t have sex because …” and the rest was lost in the noise from the bar, damn!

Let me be the judge of that.

Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition, and the judge is… yours truly.

So I hope that there are some great poems coming my way. If you haven’t sent any yet, you have until the 25th of June.

full details here