It’s good to have my Selected Poems ebook available from Smith/Doorstop. It contains poems from Henry’s Clock, Frank Freeman’s Dancing School and Bike, Rain, many of them revised.
Robert Sheppard has posted a feature on his Pages blogzine about my time at Edge Hill as a PhD student. It is part of a series celebrating Creative Writing at Edge Hill, where he is posting pieces by twenty-five poets who have studied there.
This 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.
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.
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.