Achievements are listed in chronological order, with oldest at the bottom.
In February of 2020 I was told that one of the poems from my End of the Fear project (A13, Trunk Road of the Free) had been picked for inclusion in the official Places of Poetry hardback anthology, which is due for publication in the Autumn of 2020.
More news as I have it.
September 19th 2019 is remembered as the date of my FIRST OFFICIAL POETRY READING, at Metal Southend‘s Future Park event.
I also attended the Open Mic event at the Inaugural Mslexicon event held in Leeds during July of 2019. I will be returning to do the same in 2020.
In May/June of 2019 I undertook my first serious poetry project:
End of the Fear is a series of 24 poems that are written about specific places in my home town. A link to the complete sequence, with explanatory photographs, is here. They were produced to be submitted as part of the Places of Poetry Arts Council initiative. All poems remain available to view on the Places of Poetry interactive map.
This is my way of giving back to the place I’ve lived in for most of my adult life, and to put it (quite literally) on the map with a sizeable, significant poetic presence. Needless to say I’m immensely excited to have almost completed this journey: it represents something both personal and integral to my life as an emerging poetic voice.
Thank you to Jo Bell and Paul Farley for thinking of me as suitable interview material 😀 A permanent copy of the interview is here for your listening pleasure:
In November of 2018 I added the words ‘published poet’ to my CV: a poem entered for the Poetry Society Winter 2018 Competition was picked by poet Rachel Boast as a winner!
I was asked to create a poem under the title ‘The Abstract Space’, based on work from W.S. Graham. Choosing to be inspired by his 1967 poem ‘The Beast in the Space’, I present The Beast in Cyberspace.
The poem was performed for the first time at the Poetry Cafe in Covent Garden on February 8th, 2019.
You can find a current copy of my up-to-date CV by clicking here.