The Echo Chamber, BBC Radio 4
Listen out for my work in Epsiode 3 of The Echo Chamber, 'Translations', featuring new poems by Robin Robertson, Leontia Flynn and Jamie McKendrick. The Echo Chamber is the BBC's new flagship series on contemporary poetry, presented by Paul Farley.
Broadcasts: Sunday 10th March, 4.30pm & Saturday 16th March, 11.30pm, or listen online.
The Complete Works
I am one of ten poets selected to take part in Spread the Word's The Complete Works II, a national development programme for Black and Asian poets.
Thursday 7th February
Oxford Launch of New Bloodaxe Anthology: Dear World & Everyone in it
Readings with Kate Kilalea, Tamarin Norwood and editor Nathan Hamilton
7pm, Blackwell's Bookshop Oxford, 50 Broad Street, OX13BQ
Photo: Oxford University Poetry Society
Five poems in the latest issue of PN Review, no. 209 (Jan-Feb 2013). Read a preview of the first poem, 'Landings', here.
Wednesday 12th December
The White Review no.6 Launch
Reading with Olivia McCannon and Sarah Hesketh
6.30-8.30pm, Wapping Project Bankside
September & October 2012
I have been awarded the Harper-Wood Studentship for English Poetry and Literature (2012) by St John's College, Cambridge.
New poems & a review:
Two poems - 'Belonging to the Emperor' and 'Fabulous' - forthcoming in Autumn's Poetry Review, guest edited by Charles Boyle. Both are taken from a new sequence called A Certain Chinese Encyclopedia. You can read 'Belonging to the Emperor' and 'Fabulous' on the Poetry Review website.
In addition, my collaboration with US poet, Kirun Kapur, is now live at Likestarlings, with a new instalment soon to come.
My review of Philip Gross's Deep Field & Robert Minhinnick's New Selected Poems is out in the Autumn New Welsh Review, no. 97.
|National Poetry Day Live! Royal Festival Hall|
Photo credit: Hayley Madden for the Poetry Society
Friday 28th September 2012
Reading with Glyn Maxwell, Claire Crowther & Ahren Warner.
7.45pm, The Betsey Trotwood, EC1R 3BL
Thursday 4th October 2012
Organised by the Poetry Society
Reading from 3.30pm with Christopher Reid, Helen Mort & Charlotte Higgins; events continue all day.
1-6pm, Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre.
Three stops on the I Gaze from my Kitchen Like an Astronaut UK tour:
Performing with Amy Key, Tom Warner & Billy Letford as part of the Coastal Currents Festival.
7pm, The Beacon, 67-68 St Mary’s Terrace, Hastings TN34 3LS
See some photographs from the Hastings performance here.
Saturday 29th September 2012
Catch the entire Astronaut crew: Liz Berry, Kayo Chingonyi, Sarah Howe, Amy Key, Billy Letford, Karen McCarthy Woolf, John McCullough, Liane Strauss & Tom Warner.
3pm (afternoon) & 6.30pm (evening performance)
Keats House Museum, Keats Grove, Hampstead, London NW3 2RR
Click here for tickets & more information.
Monday 1st October 2012
Performing with Liz Berry, Kayo Chingonyi & Billy Letford.
7.30pm, The Bike Shed Theatre, 162/3 Fore Street, Exeter EX4 3AT
Click here for tickets & more information.
Two London readings this month:
12th June 2012
London Reading to mark the visit of US poet Kiki Petrosino
7.30pm, The Betsey Trotwood, EC1R 3BL
24th June 2012
New Poets Festival, organisers Roddy Lumsden & Emily Hasler
Details to follow.
A poem of mine has been chosen for the forthcoming Bloodaxe anthology, Dear World & Everyone in it: New Poetry in the UK, edited by Nathan Hamilton, due out in November.
A few days ago I had my first rehearsal for I Gaze from My Kitchen Like an Astronaut. I spent the day working with Julia Bird and director, Phoebe Stout, to create a sequence of poems I'd be able to perform, complete with a tableful of water jugs and artificial tulips. After our lunch break, there was just time for a mini-interview, on colour in poetry and painting.
The May online edition of The White Review features a poem of mine, 'Monopoly (after Ashbery)', next to two pieces from Sam Riviere's Austerities project.
More good news thanks to The White Review: my poem, 'Death of Orpheus' (from issue 4 of TWR) has been selected for inclusion in The Best British Poetry 2012, edited by Sasha Dugdale. Due out in September, you can pre-order the anthology here.
Finally, I understand my pamphlet, A Certain Chinese Encyclopedia, recently sold out, so apologies if you've been having trouble getting hold of a copy. But a new reprint is just in, and available once again from the Tall-lighthouse website.
I'm excited to be part of Jaybird's latest touring poetry show, I Gaze from My Kitchen Like an Astronaut. A mixture of live poetry and theatre, the show will tour the UK later in 2012, featuring the work of ten new British poets around the first collection stage: Liz Berry, Kayo Chingonyi, Amy Key, William Letford, Karen McCarthy Woolf, John McCullough, Richard O'Brien, Liane Strauss, Tom Warner, and myself. Find out more details as they emerge at the Astronaut blog...
I will be supporting Tom Gilliver and Kayo Chingonyi as they launch their new pamphlets on the evening of Saturday 28th April, at the Poetry Studio, 22 Betterton Street, London.
The latest in the Salt Modern Voices series, The Graft and Some Bright Elegance are strong debuts from two of my favourite new poets writing at the moment. You can read more about Tom and Kayo's work, and some sample poems, at the Peony Moon blog.
A poem of mine, 'Death of Orpheus', is due to appear in the new issue (no. 4) of The White Review.
'Skipping to the Apocalypse', my essay on three young US women poets (Elyse Fenton, Dora Malech, & Darcie Dennigan), is forthcoming in the latest New Welsh Review (no. 96).