UPDATE: the poem was shortlisted for ‘Pick of the Month’ for November. It didn’t win (the winner was Frequency Violet by Kate Edwards, which you can read here) but it was a huge honour to be in such good company!
The Edinburgh launch of my new collection, Not in Nightingale Country, will be at the Scottish Poetry Library, 5 Crichton’s Close (just off the Canongate) at 1pm on Saturday 7th October. Tickets are free, available on the door. Hope to see you there!
‘Drawing the reader into landscapes ancient and modern,
real and imagined, internal and external, this collection
takes an often dark, but often slyly humorous, view of the
world. The poems explore the secret places of memory and
imagination, creating new mythologies from their exact
observations of the every-day and their vivid evocations of
—Brian Johnstone, poet, writer & performer
Hon President, StAnza Poetry Festival
My poem The Dog Warden’s Apprentice, which first appeared in my Koo Press pamphlet Earthlight back in 2006, is reprinted in the August edition of Keep Poems Alive, along with poems by Tony Lewis-Jones, Gary Beck, Vivien Jones, Yuan Hongri, and some bloke called Wordsworth [Who he? Ed]
Tomorrow sees the launch of the 2017 Fish Anthology, which I’m sad I can’t get to Ireland for – it includes my poem “Heron”, which was a runner-up in the Poetry Competition and had nice things said about it by Jo Shapcott, which I was very chuffed by. Anyway, congratulations to all the competition winners and honorable mentionees, and best wishes for the launch