Poem of the North

To celebrate their fiftieth anniversary, the Northern Poetry Library have commissioned an interesting and original project.  The Poem of the North is a growing, collaborative poem made up of writing by fifty poets reflecting on the north and northern themes. Each section is written in a new poetic form, the 821, which is constructed of … More Poem of the North

Flambard Poetry Prize

I had the privilege last Thursday of reading at the award ceremony for the Flambard Poetry Prize, at Newcastle University.  My work had been shortlisted for the prize and I read along with fellow shortlistees Lydia Kennaway, Natalie Rees and Imogen Forster.  Judge Ellen Phethean presented the evening, and read poems by herself and by … More Flambard Poetry Prize

Bobby Knutt

I was sorry to hear of the death of Sheffield actor and comedian Bobby Knutt this week. I met him a couple of years ago when I was commissioned to write a poem about him as part of Twinkling Like Stars, a series of events organised to celebrate inspirational Sheffielders over sixty.  He came across … More Bobby Knutt


Flicking through the latest issue of the excellent Butcher’s Dog magazine at the weekend, I was excited to find a new poem by Tony Williams. Williams is an excellent writer on place and home (this aspect of his work was one of the focuses of my MA dissertation last year) and this poem, ‘Northnowhereland’, touches … More Notnowhereland

Recent Publications

An early Christmas present in the post this week in the shape of the latest ‘Under the Radar’ magazine featuring my poem ‘Transmigration’.  A thrill to be appearing in this magazine, which is reliably full of varied and excellent work, for the first time. This follows three poems – ‘Absolute Bearing’, ‘It Wasn’t Snowing’, and … More Recent Publications

The Healing Station

I’ve been very much enjoying – been blow away by, really –Michael McCarthy’s collection The Healing Station since I bought it after hearing Michael read in Sheffield a week or so ago.  The book stems from his residency in a Dublin hospital spending time with dementia and stroke patients, and it came out in 2015. … More The Healing Station

Luke Kennard and Sophie Robinson and other recent readings

It has been good to get to a few poetry events over the last week or so.  As part of the Off the Shelf festival I’ve enjoyed performances by the excellent Helen Mort and Kathy Towers last Wednesday and last night a really terrific reading featuring Sally Goldsmith and Michael McCarthy about which I may write … More Luke Kennard and Sophie Robinson and other recent readings