Review: Winter Born

Sarah Stutt’s poems in Winter Born are concerned with the natural world and how we relate to it, with place and our place in it, with the slippery notion of home. Her characters are often explorers, “happy to be lost out there, finally freed / from the world of footprints, clocks and belonging.” Almost always, … More Review: Winter Born

Review: Gen

I first became aware of the poet Jonathan Edwards through reading his poem ‘Olympic 100m Final, Seoul, 1988’, in, I think, The Interpreter’s House in around 2013.  The poem struck and stayed with me, and when Edwards’s debut collection My Family and Other Superheroes came out a year or so later I was disappointed, though I … More Review: Gen


It’s very cold this week, but on the plus side for the last two days I’ve left work before it got dark.  Here’s a poem about the back end of January and “the year turning in its sleep”:   Streaming Every January we’re surprised again by the way, finally, it gets lighter in the mornings, … More ‘Streaming’

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