I am back from my year in France and Spain
and am getting stuck into my Masters. It is lovely being back in Manchester - I can review local gigs for The Mancunion and be a Digital Reporter for Manchester Literature Festival. I have also been involved in some creative projects around the city and with The Writing Squad
Firstly, I want to tell you about some publications I have been a part of. Two of my poems, "Bartók's Dance Suite and sour" and "Green Flash"
, were published in The Compass, and my poem "Serpentine"
appeared in Planet Slop. My flash piece "Stuff and sales"
was published in both Visual Verse and Creative Review.
My poem "Anatomy"
appeared in Papaya Press's What She Knew
zine, and my "Things that are inexplicably similar"
was chosen for the 2017 Peeking Cat Poetry Anthology
. Three of my poems, "Old rain", "Eden" and "Going"
, were published in Introduction X: The Poetry Business Book of New Poet
It has also been good to see some projects I have edited for coming to fruition, such as The Rebirth Issue
of Miracle Magazine, for which I was Head Poetry Editor. September's Word Life
had the theme of "Family"; October's
, the theme of "Memories".
We celebrated one year of Foxglove Journal
, my online venue for poetry and fiction. I am very proud of all that the Journal has achieved. I also did an interview
with Peeking Cat Poetry, and have a snazzy new profile
on The Writing Squad's site. I hope you enjoy learning more about my writing.
I reviewed several books for Cuckoo Review: Tender Earth
by Sita Brahmachari, Songs About Us
by Chris Russell and The Secret Cooking Club: Confetti & Cake
by Laurel Remington. I also wrote a piece
on Indigo Girls' 1994 album Swamp Ophelia
for The Mancunion.
I reviewed Honey G
and Gabrielle Aplin
for The Mancunion, and Roddy Doyle
for Manchester Literature Festival's Chapter and Verse Blog.
Finally, I took part in a writing residency in Northumberland, as part of my prize for being announced as a New North Poet
in the Northern Writers' Awards. It was a great weekend and the countryside was truly beautiful. I enjoyed getting to know the other four winning poets.
So, I had a productive two months. Here's to a fun, creative winter.
Thanks for reading.