As I mentioned in my last ‘throwback’ post, it was during my first university assignment, centred around ‘generations’, that I first began writing creatively about the Black Country. I had a fascination for the history and heritage of it all ‒ the factories, the workshops, the pits ‒ and the culture that has outlived it. Of course, I wasn’t alive during when the industry was at its peak, but I was nonetheless intrigued by the resonances it continues to have through dialect, art, and story.Continue reading “Throwback: Black Country Wench”
What better place to begin this thread of throwbacks than right at the beginning of my poetry journey? This post will look back to my time at the University of Birmingham, where I composed my first ever poem (and later, my first manuscript), on the English with Creative Writing course.Continue reading “Throwback: Back to School”
Though times are uncertain and events have been cancelled, I find myself with more time on my hands than usual. I want to dedicate some of this time to working on this website, to write more about what’s going on in my world poetry-wise, and to take you a little further into my creative practice.
I will be starting a few new ‘threads’, and one of these will be ‘throwbacks’: little glimpses back along my poetry journey thus far. This will hopefully fill out my story from what is currently on my website (which covers the publication of Bella onwards), and give me a chance to reflect on how far I’ve come, and where I might go next.
Throwbacks will be published every Thursday, starting this Thursday, at least for the next couple of months. The other threads will be announced soon!
Back in February, I had my last shift as a guide in Shakespeare’s Birthplace. I’d been in this position for over a year, and while it was a wonderful experience that taught me so much, I felt it was time to move onto something new. It was time to hang up the Tudor dress, and move into a role that would become the start of a career in creative programming and event coordination.Continue reading “Onto Something New…”
I am really pleased to have two poems included in the most recent anthology from Offa’s Press: The Poetry of Worcestershire. One is a poem from my pamphlet, Bella, also published by Offa’s, and the other is a previously unpublished piece.Continue reading “The Poetry of Worcestershire”
For National Poetry Day this year, I was invited back to my alma mater, Windsor High School, to run some workshops and talk to pupils about the importance and joy of poetry. It is not often that I find myself doing something really special for this celebratory day, so it was really exciting to have the opportunity to teach and talk about poetry.Continue reading “National Poetry Day, 2019”
I am absolutely thrilled to announce that I will be poet-in-residence at the University of Loughborough for the academic year 2019/20!Continue reading “Uni of Loughborough Poet-in-Residence, 2019/20!”
On Saturday 18 May at Fazeley Studios in Digbeth, the results of the 2019 Saboteur Awards were announced.Continue reading “Results: Saboteur Awards, 2019”
I’m beyond thrilled that my debut poetry pamphlet, Bella, was nominated for a Saboteur Award for Best Poetry Pamphlet!
A huge thank you to everyone who nominated her (and me!) – this is definitely not something I could ever have seen happening, and certainly not something that would have happened without the support and love people have shown my little pamphlet. I just wanted to write a little on my thoughts following this fantastic news.Continue reading “Bella Shortlisted for Saboteur Award”