‘Art is everything that you don’t have to do’ – Brian Eno, John Peel Lecture.
It was great to be the guest reader last Wednesday evening at the Hurst, the John Osborne Arvon Centre in Shropshire, on the Poetry and Starting to Write course led by Peter and Ann Sansom. I was lucky enough to co-tutor a young people’s course at the Hurst a couple of weeks earlier. It’s such an amazing place – I can’t recommend the Arvon Foundation writing courses highly enough.
Good to launch the anthology of the writers I worked with at All Saints Academy in Cheltenham, recently, following my residency there with Cheltenham Festivals First Story. A poem from the book. ‘Tiny Bird’ is published on the First Story website here.
A poem – ‘Rock Cross’ from Frank Freeman’s Dancing School. Thanks to Tania Field and Christy Hanna.
I’m looking forward to reading in Manchester on Thursday 2nd July. I’ll be launching the new KFS edition of Frank Freeman’s Dancing School and the Selected Poems ebook with Lucy Burnett. Lucy will be launching Through the Weather Glass (KFS).