I work for the Poetry School. The Poetry School has a poet-in-residence (Ben Rogers) at the forthcoming Poetry in Aldeburgh festival. I also produce live literature shows with my company Jaybird Live Literature, and one of those shows is going to Aldeburgh too. Here’s my interview with Ben about the show and my writing. Altogether too many identities.
Anthology alert! I’m in this one, being cross about the curriculum. Blurb here …
‘The week after the [2015 general] election Bill Herbert and Andy Jackson decided to chart the responses of those unacknowledged legislators of the world – poets – to the new dispensation. For the first 100 days of the new government they published a poem a day on their New Boots and Pantisocracies blog, recording life under the new unrealpolitik. Now it is a book by over a hundred of the most compelling and distinguished poets of our time, including Sean O’Brien, Sheenagh Pugh, Daljit Nagra, Claudia Daventry, Ian Duhig, Michael Rosen, Polly Clark, Ian McMillan, George Szirtes and Malika Booker.’ Buy it here.
In which I reveal what percentage of my annual income comes from being an actual poet compared to all the other poetry-promoting stuff. A panel discussion hosted by the Society of Authors on 26 October, with Tom Chivers, Tamar Yoseloff and me. Get your (possibly tax deductible) tickets here.
Oh, I forgot to put this up at the time. Poetry Spotlight turn their beams on me.
Here’s a handsome book – an anthology of new poems inspired by punctuation marks, just out with the newly hatched Laudanum Publishing. Here’s the living contents page: Abigail Parry, Amy Key, Ali Lewis, Bobby Parker, Camellia Stafford, Charlotte Newman, Chris McCabe, Declan Ryan, Edward Venning, Fran Lock, Hannah Lowe, Helen Mort, Isobel Dixon, Jody Porter, Joey Connolly, Joelle Taylor, John Clark, John McCullough, Stuart McKenzie, Jon Sayers, Jon Stone, Julia Bird, Kayo Chingonyi, Kimberly Campanello, Kirsten Irving, Liane Strauss, Lisa Kelly, Phil Brown, Phil Terry, Simon Barraclough, Vahni Capildeo.
My poem is called ‽ and it’s about an unsuccessful covers band called Isobel and the Interrobangs.
Another Joy Forever – this time in Winchester, where Keats’ mist and mellow fruitfulnesses came from. A lunchtime joy, Wednesday 10th August.
Yesterday, Mike Sims and I performed A Joy Forever (Flowers) at Test Valley Garden & Literary Festival – Keats and his floral poetry amongst the dripping lupins of Bere Mill gardens. Lovely. Next month, we’re doing A Joy Forever (Fame) at Keats House. More poems, more cakes, more games, less rain (hopefully), more gifts. A Joy Forever Flyer