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Selected Poems


It’s good to have my Selected Poems ebook available from Smith/Doorstop. It contains a selection of poems from Henry’s Clock, Frank Freeman’s Dancing School and Bike, Rain, many of them revised.

First Story ‘Home’ Competition


An excellent competition for young people and teachers from First Story. Prizes include Arvon courses for the winners, their friends and teachers.

Swindon Festival of Poetry

It was great to be part of Swindon Festival of Poetry last weekend. Hilda Sheehan and her team did a great job. The atmosphere was amazing and I couldn’t have hoped for a better welcome and hospitality. Like I’ve said elsewhere, it felt like an inland Aldburgh, with the number of American poets reading, and the genuine warmth of the organisers. Every reading felt like a highlight, and Lower Shaw Farm is a fabulous setting.



Swindon Festival of Poetry, 2nd-5th October 2014


Very much looking forward to being part of Swindon Festival of Poetry, leading workshops and reading. There’s an exciting, international line-up. Check it out here.


Poetry reading, launch & exhibition



I’m very much looking forward to next term: the beginning of my RLF Fellowship at Aston University.

There’s an exciting new partnership between Cheltenham Festivals and First Story, to bring the benefits of First Story to Gloucestershire. As part of this initiative, I am going to be working in a school in Cheltenham, which involves workshops with a group of students over two terms, and producing an anthology of their writing.

Here’s the setting for writing workshops at the Arvon Foundation at the Hurst, where I tutored a course at the beginning of July. The Hurst has been completely renovated – it’s an extraordinary place in a beautiful setting, and well worth visiting for a writing course.



The Other Room, August 2014



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