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Bristol , United Kingdom
I am co-director of the Leaping Word Poetry Consultancy, which provides advice for poets on writing, editing and publishing, as well as qualified counselling support for those exploring personal issues in their work - https://theleapingword.com. My fifth poetry collection, Learning Finity, is now available from Indigo Dreams or directly from me.

Monday, 15 June 2020

Poets vs Coronavirus

In the battle between poetry events and coronavirus, coronavirus appears to be winning. At the last count, I've had thirteen readings and a book launch postponed and/or cancelled, with one tentative rearrangement so far.  Hopefully most of them will be rescheduled, but when is anyone's guess. 

One of the cancellations was the Clevedon Literature Festival, which was especially poignant as it was the inaugural one. However, the poets involved - veritable titans of the local scene, including Clive Birnie of Burning Eye books, Melanie Branton, Ben Banyard, Dominic Fisher and me -  have produced recordings of our poems instead, and they can be heard here

Meanwhile, in the continuing absence of a launch for my new collection, The Shadow Factory, another review has been published, with a couple pending, and if you care to, you can read them by following the links below:

Review for London Grip by Rachael Clyne

Review for The Blue Nib by Emma Lee

Review for Write Out Loud by Janice Dempsey

Review for The High Window by Lucy English

Oh and here's the latest issue of the wonderful Long Poem Magazine, with my long poem, 'A brief life of the poet in seventeen contradictions', about Bristol bad boy and free spirit, the poet Thomas Chatterton, in it. Huzzah!

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