The writing year ahead

I am excited to be stepping into 2022, a new year of writing. In June my second poetry pamphlet, Ovarium, will be published by The Emma Press. I found out late last year that my first full collection has been shortlisted in Live Canon’s 2021 Collection Competition, and I am now waiting to hear if it gets selected as one of the three winners. Even if it’s a near miss, the shortlisting has been very encouraging. I am also deep into the latest draft of my second novel, which is a happy and stimulating place to be.

Here’s the link to the Live Canon announcement:

https://www.livecanon.co.uk/competitions-and-opportunities/collection-competition

Competition commendation

I am very happy that my poem ‘Results will be with you as soon as possible’ has been commended in the 2020 Café Writers Open Poetry Competition judged by Helen Ivory. I will be reading at the winners event via Zoom on 8 February 2021.

Read the commended poem here:

Pamphlet to be published by The Emma Press in 2022

I am enormously excited that my second pamphlet – working title Ovarium – will be published by the wonderful Emma Press next year. I’m very much looking forward to working with my editor, Emma Dai’an Wright, and to bringing these poems into the world.

What We Read Now – ‘Threats’

I am very much looking forward to reading at this Zoom event with John McCullough and Julia Webb on Thursday 3 September. Thanks to poet Jennifer Wong for curating the event and inviting me to read. Free tickets available here: