I was honoured to be featured in this piece about World Poetry Day in The South Wales Argus along with a couple of other local poets. There are a couple of my poems along with some nice photos. My colleague Mike at Newsquest did a good job with the headline too. Read it here.
My new book Poetry Non-stop is coming out on March 17th. It's a guide for poets of all levels to writing a poem a day for 30 days coming out ahead of National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) in April. I'm really excited about this book. I know it will inspire whoever reads it to write some fantastic and original poems. I hope I get to read them. Grab the book early while the price is low and get set for NaPoWriMo.
I am taking part in an exhibition on Friars Walk, Newport's new shopping centre, at the Cwtsh community and arts centre. The exhibition features a huge lineup of writers and visual artists. I produced a written piece based on observing the people in the area and it will be accompanied by a photo taken by organiser and talented photographer John Briggs, who also took my photo on the homepage. The area, people, architecture and history of the place is sure to inspire a variety of responses which I look forward to seeing.
The exhibition opening event is on Saturday 7th February at the Cwtsh, Stow Hill, Handpost, Newport, NP20 4HA from 2-5pm. Full details here.
Welcome to my new website. My old site is still available here. There are lots more poems and photos there which I haven't managed to move to this site but I'll be adding plenty more material in the coming months. I hope you like the site and would welcome your feedback.
2015 was a year of many highlights. I went to Iceland, The Secret Garden Party and the Edinburgh festival; I had lots of material published including poems in Agenda Broadsheets and The Interpreter's House; I also had several jokes broadcast on Radio 4 Extra comedy show Newsjack.
Local events such as poetry at The Murenger, Rhyme and Real Ale, Megaverse and Roath Writers have been an inspiration and a great platform for my work. In turn I've provided a platform for other poets via my podcast Headstand. There have been some great poets and inspiring conversations on the episodes so far and I look forward to bringing you more this year. In fact I look forward to doing more of everything: writing, travelling, performing... Happy 2016!