So, this is going to be a very embarrassing post but a few people have been asking where they might be able to find some of my own writing (no, really!). So here’s a little list.
I’ve been pretty lucky this year to have been published in four fantastic anthologies published by people I really admire.
Back in February this year I had a couple of poems commended in the VERVE Poetry Festival poetry competition, judged by Luke Kennard. One of which, ‘Tetris’ was published in It All Radiates Outwards (VERVE Poetry Press, 2018). This is the first book that I’ve ever had a poem published in and Luke Kennard is one of my favourite writers so I was very happy with this outcome!
Earlier this year I was invited to submit to the first of a new series of anthologies based in a number of cities around the world published by Dostoyevsky Wannabe. BRISTOL: Volume 1 (Dostoyevsky Wannabe Cities) was guest-edited by Paul Hawkins of Hesterglock Press and includes five other writers local to Bristol. My contribution is a series of six poems/pieces of flash fiction based around imagined tabloid interpretations of (mainly) YBArtists’ exhibitions at Tate art galleries.
The Dizziness of Freedom (Bad Betty Press, 2018) – is a collection of poems focusing on mental health by 50 amazing poets, mostly from the UK but some further afield. I was overjoyed to find out that I was one of twelve poets that were selected via a large public callout for submissions to sit alongside the other 38 brilliant writers. My poem, ‘John Dickson’ is a reflection on the time I spent in a secure psychiatric ward in the Maudsley Hospital in South London in 2014. You can hear me reading the poem here.
For the last couple of years I’ve been stepping out alongside friends to stand in solidarity with strikers on a number of picket lines with a mob known as Poetry on the Picket Line. You can find them on Facebook and Twitter. One of the main figures behind PotPL, Grim Chip has worked alongside Mike Quille from Culture Matters to produce an anthology of essays and poems by a great range of politically engaged writers. You can buy the anthology here for just £5, with all profits going to strike funds. My contribution is two poems: ‘S – for sugar’ and ‘Taxis on Old Pye Street’.
Finally, another little shoutout for our brand new book ‘Why Poetry?’: The Lunar Poetry Podcasts Anthology out through VERVE Poetry Press. I’ve edited this wonderful collection of 28 poems by former podcast guests alongside my wife Lizzy. All of the profits on our side of sales will be reinvested into transcribing future episodes so buying a copy of the book will directly enable us to keep the series as accessible as possible.