More than two months have zoomed by since I added a post here – it’s been a monstrously busy period and I’ve had little time to do anything other than focus on the next looming deadline. Since there’s no way I’m going to be able to do a proper, thorough catch-up and blog about all the events of the past weeks in detail, I’ll just list a few highlights here instead and include some links for you to browse further if you’re interested.

So, here are some of the things I’ve been doing:

  • delivered a workshop on the Poetry of Uncivilisation, and also an ecopoetry performance, at the Dark Mountain Festival in Llangollen
  • wrote two new poems for my regular poet-in-residence slot on Radio 4’s Saturday Live. You can listen to the programme, first broadcast on June 5th, here.
  • did one of my regular review-the-papers-and-discuss-the-week’s-news sessions on the Radio Wales chat show, Something Else
  • devised, with fellow Polar Poet Siobhan Logan, our new show, Arctic-ulate, and performed it at Wrexham Science Festival. You can read Siobhan’s account of the event here and we’ll soon be adding details of our forthcoming Polar Poets gigs too.
  • went to Upton Jazz Festival to listen to The Other Sue Richardson, jazz trumpeter and vocalist, perform some of the songs we’ve co-written. Sue’s new CD, which includes these songs, will be released in the autumn. We’re now busy plotting to take our collaboration further so watch this space…
  • did lots of work on, and finally finished, my next poetry manuscript, Where the Air is Rarefied, which, as regular readers of this blog will know, is a collaboration with printmaker Pat Gregory. Our book will be out with Cinnamon Press in 2011.

Much to reflect on and savour – and much to look forward to, too!



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