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April 2017               Poet in the Garden, Ashbourne Festival

September 2015     ‘Leaping onto a Lark’s Back – the Work of Ted Hughes and R. J. Lloyd’ (paper)

                              Dreams as Deep as England, The Ted Hughes conference, Sheffield University


March 2015           ‘Working off Radar – Glyn Maxwell’

                              New Generation to Next Generation conference, Oxford Brookes University


September 2014    Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea

May 2014               Poets and Players - John Rylands Library, Manchester
                              (with Fiona Sampson, Nabila Jameel; music by Arian Sadr)

June 2014              Made in Greenwich gallery with Patrick Early and Rosemary Johnston

June 2014              Lit Live! Peckham Pelican - Goldsmiths Creative Writing students, alumni and

                             staff, including Richard Scott, May-Lan Tan, Rachel Long, and special guests: poet

                             Martha Sprackland, and spoken word artists Inua Ellams and Jacob Sam La Rose

1st August 2014    John Hewitt Festival Market Place Theatre Armagh, with Vona Groarke

A terrific few days at the John Hewitt festival in Armagh, meeting some lovely people including Frances Leviston, Paul Batchelor, Miriam Gamble, Vona Groarke and the more familiar faces of Paul Maddern, Damian Smyth and Anne-Marie Fyfe who so kindly invited me in the first place.


15th January Family Tales, the Ivy House 40 Stuart Road, Greenwich

24th January Speaky Spokey, Brighton

23rd January Bath Spa University, workshop and reading

29th November  Boxing the Compass London launch, Keats Memorial library with Beatrice Garland

2nd November  Boxing the Compass launch + writing workshop, Derwent Poetry Festival, Matlock Bath

21st October  New and Established Showcase, The Troubadour; Fiona Moore, Hannah Lowe, Angela France, Robert Peake, Hilda Sheehan, Alison Brackenbury, Kate White


October   ‘Liberty and Fidelity in Logue’s War Music’, BAKEA History and Literature Symposium, Gaziantep, Turkey

13th December Wheatsheaf, 25 Rathbone Place, London W1T 1JB

A candlelight reading at the Wheatsheaf, featuring an impressive line-up of poets from near and far, including Matt Bryden, Kimberly Campanello, Vahni Capildeo, Harry Man, Mohan Rana, Tiffany Anne Tondut and Jennifer Wong. The reading was hosted by Gale Burns.


June     Goldsmiths peer seminar – ‘Why Be a Translator?’

April    Goldsmiths peer seminar – ‘On First Looking into Logue's Homer’ 

Further back in the recesses of time: my blog



May 2019 William Soutar Prize

I’m delighted to have won the William Soutar Prize, with the prize of a free writing course at Arvon. Many thanks to the judge Samuel Tongue for selecting my poem ‘Landscape.’ You can watch me introduce it here.

March 2019 Overton Poetry Prize

My pamphlet Notes towards a Greek menagerie was shortlisted for the Overton Poetry Prize 2019. I was particularly pleased by judge Carol Rowntree-Jones’s comment, ‘These poems make me want to write.’

March 2019 Salade

My poem ‘Approach’ appears in the beautifully-produced Salade produced by Vittoria Cavazzoni & Déborah Gaugerenques.

You can purchase a copy here.

23rd July 2018 Paper Swans Pamphlet Competition

My pamphlet Sister-Wives was long-listed for the the Paper Swans prize 2018. It’s great to be on such a strong list.

19th July 2018 The Writers’ Cafe

I’m delighted to have four poems up at the Portraits issue of the Writers’ Cafe. Many thanks to Marie Lightman. You can read them here.

18th July 2018 Somerset Young Poets Competition

After teaching over 2,000 children in the months February to July, over 1,000 entries were received from 23 different schools. The prize-giving took place at Taunton Library with the launch of When Worlds Collide, a colourful anthology of prize-winning poems. Many thanks to the Arts Council for supporting the competition, and to our sponsor Pizza Express, and to all the schools and children who invested their time and spirit.


(thanks to Josephine Corcoran for her photographs)

20th June Research Stipend

I have been awarded a stipend by Exeter University to visit their Charles Causley archive, held at the Old Library. I will be exploring Causley’s correspondence with writers located in the South West, as well as his drafting process.

19th June 2018 Exmoor Society Poetry Competition

It was a delight to be highly commended in the Exmoor Poetry Competition 2018 for my poem ‘An Imposition.’ Congratulations too to fellow Fire River Poet Graeme Ryan, whose poem ‘May 17th’ was also highly commended.

1st June 2018    Reading at Cyprus Well 5 - 6 pm

In March, I had the pleasure of spending five nights at the home of Charles Causley in Launceston, Cornwall as part of a research project into his links with John Keats. The first poem in Causley’s Collected Poems is titled ‘Keats at Teignmouth’ and 2018 is the 200th anniversary of Keats’s visit to the seaside resort to support his brother Tom, who was dying of TB.

I will be giving a talk as part of the Charles Causley Festival reflecting on the link between the two poets, as well as talking about Causley’s work for children, which I have used in my workshops with children for many years, and giving an account of my own experience at the house.

It was a wonderful experience, like slipping into another man’s shoes, walking his rounds, taking in his views.

For tickets click here 

The site of ‘In the Willow Gardens’ with a view from the allotments up to the castle of Robert of Mortain

Leaving the Well

The RSL Literature Matters Prize

(left to right: me, Michael Caines, Kate Clanchy, Gillian Slovo (judge), Evan Placey, Pascale Petit and Owen Lowery)

I am delighted to have won a Literature Matters prize for my Lost and Found project, which uses a residency at Bristol Temple Meads Lost Property Office as the basis of an investigation into what makes us human.

I am also delighted to have won a grant from the Society of Authors for a residential stay in Paris, allowing me to visit the Bureau of  Found Objects there.

More information here, and you can follow my progress and contribute on the blog.

Poetry Ireland

My poem ‘The Lookout’ appears in issue 123 of Poetry Ireland, edited by Eavan Boland.

The Keats-Shelley Prize 2017 

My poem ‘Supporting Actor’ has been shortlisted for the Keats-Shelley Prize 2017.

The Bridport Prize 2017

My poem ‘The Lookout’ has been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize 2017.



May 2019 Lost and Found launch, Exeter Classics Association

I launched my poems linking Bristol Temple Meads Lost Property Office with the Greek Underworld before an audience including Dr Sharon Marshall and Professor Daniel Ogden. Here are a few snaps.

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