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”
The third and final of my new threads is something I am calling ‘Folkdays’. A portmanteau of the words ‘Folklore Fridays’, these posts will explore a little element of folk culture: folktales, lore, or anything I find that fits in with my current research.
As well as researching folklore for my own poetry, I am also currently writing an MA thesis on the subject of Shakespeare and the folktale. ‘Folkdays’ posts will be anything I feel would be interesting to share, from either side of my research. If you’re interested in this topic, all ‘Folkdays’ posts (and other bits and pieces not worthy of a full post) will be archived on my ‘blog’ page.
As the name suggests, these posts will appear on Fridays, though not every week!
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”
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 One is a poem from my pamphlet, Bella, also published by Offa’s, and the other is a previously unpublished piece.Continue reading “The Poetry of Worcestershire”
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been working with the Overhear Poetry app and Ben Waddington from Still Walking Festival, to develop a walking tour which combines an exploration of the city centre with a live poetry experience. Part guided tour, part poetry reading, and part writing workshop, the event was premiered over this past weekend, with a trial run on Saturday 26 October, and the real event on Sunday 27 October.Continue reading “Overhear Walking Tour”
Sunday 14th July was Black Country Day, and in the Himley Hall Grounds, the Musicom Festival celebrated the occasion with live music, comedy acts, fairground rides, creative demonstrations, and a pop-up poetry podium. Here, I was invited to read as one of the featured poets.Continue reading “Black Country Day”
On Tuesday 2nd July, I returned to my alma mater of 2007 – 2012, Windsor High School, to read from Bella and talk a little about my journey to becoming a published writer.Continue reading “Reading at Windsor High School”
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!”