I was delighted to have my poem ‘Buzz Pollination’ placed joint-second in the Keats-Shelley poetry awards by judges Matthew Sweeney and John Hartley-Williams, and chair Salley Vickers.

The Awards, including the essay prizes, were announced at an event at St.Martins-in-the-fields on November 7th.

I was joined in second place by Will Kemp, and Patrick Cotter took first prize, for his poem ‘Madra’.

The essayists and poets can be seen here with Chair of Judges Salley Vickers, with the exception of Will Kemp, who had to leave early to catch a train.


November News

October has been more about reading and listening than writing or performing.

As Halloween creeps up I’m reminded how close November’s events are.

On November 7th I’m travelling down to London for the Keats-Shelley Prize Awards. My poem ‘Buzz Pollination’ has been shortlisted, which means I get to attend the prize giving in the crypt of St. Martins-in-the-fields, with a talk on ‘Why Poetry Matters’ from Sally Vickers.

November 18th is the launch of Magma 57, which will include my poem ‘Illustrations of Grasmere Church’, written as part of the Holy Detritus project. The launch is held at the Troubadour Coffee House. I’m not sure yet whether I can make it to the launch, but from the small section of proofs I’ve seen, it’s looking like a really exciting issue.