Two Days Since and Two Days to Go…

Two days ago, I was in London for my resident poet slot on BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live, now presented by Richard Coles. The studio guest was actor/director Richard Wilson, still probably best known for his television role as Victor Meldrew in One Foot in the Grave. As usual, I had to write two new … Continued

‘Landlines’ poetry competition

I’m in the midst of a majorly busy few weeks of preparation for both my next Arctic trip and the launch of my new poetry collection, while also battling to keep on top of all the mentoring, tutoring, editing and workshopping that I’m currently involved in. I seem to be even more inundated with emails … Continued

Launch of ‘Where the Air is Rarefied’

All are warmly invited to the launch of my new collection of poetry, Where the Air is Rarefied, with prints by Pat Gregory, on Wednesday June 8th, at 7.30 pm, at the Norwegian Church Arts Centre, Cardiff Bay. Published by Cinnamon Press, the collection is the culmination of a long-term collaboration with Pat. And given … Continued

Back to the Arctic!

I am thrilled, hugely grateful – and not a little disbelieving – to have heard that I’ve been awarded some very wonderful funding that will enable me to return to the Arctic in July. Thanks to a grant from the Gino Watkins Memorial Fund, I’ll be journeying to the Svalbard archipelago (situated approximately midway between … Continued

Dark Mountain, volume 2

Hoping, one day soon, to catch up on all that needs to be blogged about – details about the forthcoming launch of my new poetry collection, Where the Air is Rarefied, as well as news about some very wonderful funding that I’ve been lucky enough to be awarded… For now, though, a plea from Paul … Continued

Geopoetics Weekend

As usual, I’m battling with a big blogging backlog – March was such a busy month. It’s already one week on from my journey north to the Lake District – to Coniston, to be precise, where the Scottish Centre for Geopoetics, of which I’ve been a member for several years, was hosting its Going Outward … Continued

Two More Exhibitions

In addition to the work that’s currently on display in Oriel Cric Gallery in Crickhowell as part of the Words and Images exhibition, visual artist Pat Gregory and I currently have some of our collaborative poems and prints in two other exhibitions in South Wales. One piece is featured in Many Hands, an Open Exhibition … Continued

Haiku and Haibun

I’m delighted that two of my haiku appear in the latest issue of Notes from the Gean, the Journal of Japanese Short Forms, published by Gean Tree Press. I also realise that I neglected to mention another recent publication – two of my haibun feature in the latest issue of Contemporary Haibun Online, reprinted from … Continued

Ecopoetry Weekend

What a great weekend! Two ecopoetry gigs – the second of which was on Saturday at the Angel Hotel here in Cardiff, where the Green Party was holding its Spring Conference. I’d been booked to offer a performance as part of the entertainment programme and was delighted to have such a focused, enthusiastic audience, many … Continued

Two Ecopoetry Gigs

This weekend, I’m looking forward to performing at two different events, both with an environmental focus. Tomorrow (Friday 25th February) an evening of poetry focusing on climate change is taking place at Pontardawe Arts Centre, featuring the National Poet of Wales, Gillian Clarke; internationally-acclaimed Welsh language poet, Menna Elfyn; winner of the John Tripp Award, … Continued