Friday, 1 October 2021


I’m honoured to have been asked to be the lead judge for the Parkinson’s Art organisation’s annual Poet of the Year competition on the theme of Empowerment. The competition is open to anyone - not just writers with Parkinson’s Disease - and I hope it succeeds in drawing a big field of entries. 

Follow this link for more info closing date is 31st October


In other news I’m pleased to have had two poems ‘long-listed’ (apparently that’s the top 12%) in this year’s Bridport Prize; and I have a couple of poems included in the next issue of Poetry Salzburg Review,  whilst another has recently found a home with Atrium - publication in November. 


After two years of COVID what I’m most excited about is a return to doing some public readings:

Thursday 14th October Andy Brown and I (The SKPs) will be playing and singing at OPOP Restaurant in Ashburton 6.45pm to 8.15pm

Thursday 4th November Andy Brown and I will be doing the headline slot for Fire River Poets in Taunton;

Thursday 11th November AB and I will be doing a headline reading from The Tin Lodes and our new collaboration entitled Grace Notes - and also playing a few songs for Plymouth Language Club, Rockets & Rascals Cafe, The Barbican, Plymouth 

Wednesday 1st December AB and I will be the guest readers for Quay Words in Exeter, again reading from The Tin Lodes and Grace Notes, possibly with a little music too. This is a physical audience event but with limited seating so will sell out very quickly. It will also be streamed live.

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