Catching my breath

I’ve been ridiculously busy recently, what with We Are All Lucky appearing in the world, poems popping up here and there on websites, trying to keep up with another year of writing prompts to the 52 book as well as loads happening at home and work.

I’ve sold quite a few signed copies of the new book via this website – there’s a PayPal button on the page to make it easy to check out online, so please consider buying a copy this way if you’re unlikely to catch me at any readings. If you don’t have a PayPal account please get in touch either on email or Facebook and we can sort something out.

Alternatively you can buy unsigned copies directly from Indigo Dreams. Just don’t be tempted to go to a certain online megacorp beginning with A (even if someone has left a glowing review of WAAL on there!).

I’ve loved hearing and reading people’s reactions to WAAL. Lots of people have been in touch on Facebook and via email to say how much they’ve enjoyed reading it, while fellow poet Neil Elder has gone the whole hog and written this thoughtful (and very positive) review on his blog.

If you have an account on Goodreads (and if you don’t, then why on earth not?) you’ll find WAAL listed on there – please leave some feedback if you have time.

At the moment I’m gearing up for the book launch in Bristol on Thursday 12th April at 7.30pm (doors open from 7pm) at The Arts House Café in Stokes Croft. If you’re planning to come along there’s no need to book tickets, but do please let me know via the Facebook event page.

WAAL Launch Flyer

Flyer for the launch of WAAL

I was so pleased to be able to assemble my ‘A’ Team of guest readers.

I’ve known Dominic Fisher for a while through the local poetry scene and I admire both his work and his delivery of it.

I’ve met Stephen Daniels a couple of times; some of you might know him from his pamphlet, the website he edits, Amaryllis or his involvement in Swindon Poetry Festival.

Melanie Branton is one of those talented people who manages to seamlessly bridge the gap between page and performance – her set is sure to be a blast.

And last but not least, Claire Walker is a chum from the 52 days (although we’ve never actually met in person!) who’s published two brilliant pamphlets through V. Press; along with Holly Magill she also co-edits Atrium Poetry, which is a really great source of fresh new work.

Admission is free, but because the venue isn’t charging for the use of the basement, I’m encouraging punters to at least buy a drink at the bar.

Each of the guests is reading for fifteen minutes, and I’ll be doing two sets of a quarter of an hour (one in each half). I hope it’ll be a really enjoyable evening for dyed-in-the-wool poetry fans and complete newcomers alike. It’d be nice to sell a few copies of WAAL too!

I’m very grateful to Bristol 24/7 for their support. They published a “Favourite Bristol Things” article I wrote and they’ve included the launch in their event listings. It’s a great website and essential reading for anyone living in the city.

Here’s a full list of all of the readings I’m doing this year:

12/04/18 7.30pm – We Are All Lucky Launch, The Arts Cafe, Bristol
15/05/18 8pm – Reading with The Spoke (Lizzie Parker, Bob Walton, Claire Williamson) at the Hen & Chickens, Abergavenny
29/05/18 8pm – Berkeley Square Revue, Bristol
21/10/18 Time TBC – Torbay Poetry Festival, Torquay
14/11/18 7pm – Permission to Speak, Stourbridge

Please get in touch if you run a regular poetry night or programme a festival – I’d love to come and read for you!

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