Royal Literary Fund Fellowship

I’m pleased to be a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Aston University starting in September. Not only is it a brilliant thing to do, it’s entirely compatible with my other work: writing, giving readings, leading workshops and tutoring for the Arvon Foundation. It will be great to be working in Birmingham, my home town.

It’s been a good year so far: writer-in-residence again for G15 schools and colleges in Gloucester, (among other things) – working with adults and young people in a range of settings including a PRU.

It was good to read at Wenlock Poetry Festival on Saturday, to catch up with Helen Mort, Gregory Leadbetter and Jane Commane, and to hear Glyn Maxwell read in the Methodist Church – and a bit sobering to realise, talking to him after his reading, that I hadn’t seen him for twenty years.


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