Making Poetry Happen

9781472510266This has just arrived through the letterbox, with my chapter ‘Inspiring Young People to Write Poems’. Great to be in such good company. Thanks to the editors: Sue Dymoke, Anthony Wilson, Andrew Lambirth and Myra Barrs. Details of the book are here. It needs to be read – it truly could transform the way in which poetry is taught in the classroom.

Swindon Festival of Poetry

Great to be part of Swindon Festival of Poetry last weekend. Hilda Sheehan and her team did a really good job. The atmosphere was amazing and I couldn’t have hoped for a better welcome and hospitality. 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.