Polar Poets Return to Manchester

After a frenetic few weeks of readings and performances in a pub in Bath, a library in Bristol, a gallery in Haverfordwest and on a beach near Cardigan, I will be heading up to Manchester on Saturday for another Polar Poets event alongside Siobhan Logan. In October last year, we were lucky enough to perform … Continued

Remembrance for Lost Species

This Saturday, November 12th, I will be reading extinction-themed poetry from Where the Air is Rarefied at Feral Theatre’s Funeral for the Great Auk on Poppit Sands, one of Pembrokeshire’s loveliest beaches. The Funeral is one of many similar events that are taking place throughout the U.K and beyond, as part of the Remembrance for … Continued

Where the Air is Rarefied in Pembrokeshire

November is going to be another supremely busy month, about which I’ll write more later. For now, though, here’s just a quick post about the latest in the series of Where the Air is Rarefied exhibitions featuring my poetry and Pat Gregory’s prints. From 2nd – 28th November, our work will be on show in … Continued

National Poetry Day 2011

Here are a few of the events I’m involved in for National Poetry Day this year: 1) Last Friday, I was in London, in front of a packed audience at the BBC Radio Theatre in Broadcasting House to record the Saturday Live Poetry Pop-up, alongside the other regular Saturday Live poets. We were each commissioned … Continued

The Busy-ness of Last Week

Just starting to get my breath back after last week’s workshopping, exhibition-hanging, performing, train travelling, festival visiting… Here are a few of the highlights: 1) On Tuesday, I offered an eco-poetry performance at Swansea’s Environment Centre, organised by Keith Ross of Swansea Green Party. The audience was attentive and enthusiastic and I especially enjoyed the … Continued

Uncivilisation 2011

Over a week has passed since I got back from Uncivilisation 2011 – this year’s Dark Mountain Festival at the Sustainability Centre in Hampshire – and I’m still reflecting on all the discussions, conversations, talks, readings, workshops and performances that took place over the course of the weekend. I was directly involved in two sessions … Continued

Bathhouse Bard

It was, without a doubt, one of the most interesting venues in which I’ve been lucky enough to perform. As the photo on the left suggests, I was submerged for the evening in the ruins of the Roman Baths in Caerleon – though what looks like water is actually just a very effective watery projection! … Continued

A Wilder Vein e-book

Just a quick post to mention that A Wilder Vein, the non-fiction anthology focusing on the relationship between people and the wild places of Britain and Ireland, in which a prose piece of mine appears, is now available as an e-book at the Two Ravens Press website. Edited by Linda Cracknell and with a foreword … Continued

Neil Gunn Writing Competition

I’m thrilled to have heard that I’ve been awarded joint first prize in the adult poetry section of the 2010/11 Neil Gunn Writing Competition. It’s a biennial competition, organised by The Highland Council and the Neil Gunn Trust and this time, the theme was ‘A Wrong Turning’, inspired by a quote from Gunn’s Highland River … Continued

Launch Reflections

I’m still coming back down to earth after the launch of Where the Air is Rarefied, my new collection of poetry, with prints by Pat Gregory, last Wednesday evening. It really couldn’t have gone better. In spite of my usual pre-event frets that there would only be a handful of people in the audience, the … Continued