'Witch' longlisted by Liz Berry for the Winchester Poetry Prize. The winners will be announced at a special prize-giving event at the Winchester Poetry Festival on Saturday 6 October 2018. Tickets for this event are free and can be booked via the Theatre Royal Winchester Box Office.
Winning and commended poems will also be published in a competition anthology to be launched on the day.
On YouTube: The Midas Touch, a film version of the poem, Good (Reason) For Brexit, which appeared in The New European Jan 2018, and in the Culture Matters collection A Third Colour by Alan Dunnett with images by Alix Emery, published May 2018.
The launch at Housmans on Thurs 24 May went well. There was no actual reading and the overall feel was of a party rather than a launch. (Readings with other Culture Matters poets will follow in the summer.) Instead, films made from the poems were screened, with headsets provided, while the music of Dungeness, Niobe, Pumajaw and Love, with their fractured, dystopian concerns, played.
Ann Course studied at the Royal College of Art and lives and works in London. Her films and sculptures have been widely screened and exhibited, including Tate Britain/Modern, Royal Academy, The New Art Gallery Walsall, Angel Row Gallery, Stroom Den Hague, Galerie Barbara Thumm, The Drawing Room, the Rotterdam Film Festival, Oberhausen film Festival, LUX gallery and the Whitechapel Gallery, London.
'The Dog's Tongue Dragged in the Dirt' appears in Culture Matters:
The Eyewear anthology launch (links below) went well. Readings were given to a packed room at The Camden Eye. 'Succour' was presented as 'Sucker' with Zaid El-Mousa playing the refugee. The poem was directed by Jess Walker.
Wake (Mark II) has won a Fame'Us International Film Festival Bronze Award:
Judged by Kelly Davio, Senior Poetry Editor, Eyewear Publishing LTD, and Todd Swift, Series Editor.
Modeled on the famous United States competition, the first annual Best New British and Irish Poets competition was open to any poet of British or Irish citizenship and/or U.K. or Irish residency who has not yet published or will not publish a full-length collection prior to 1 June 2016. Poems submitted for consideration could have appeared in print before, or in a pamphlet, but not online. Poets about to have full collections out from Eyewear Publishing, including Ben Parker and Maria Apichella, were ineligible for inclusion.
It includes Lenin's view (in a paragraph) of Kant [materialism/idealism]; and Mike Quille's regular poetry selection, including two I've written - 'Instruction' and 'The Third Colour' - plus an anti-war essay by Magdalena Thompson focussing on Byron's 'The Eve of Waterloo'.
'The Third Colour' will appear in Emmylou Books' latest anthology, a booklet called Is There A Poem Sweet Enough? It'll be on sale soon from Campaign Against Arms Trade (www.caat.org.uk): 020 7281 firstname.lastname@example.org. £5.50 incl p & p
'Brother and Sister', from a 3-sonnet set called 'Once Upon a Time', will be appearing in issue 37 of Brittle Star - http://www.brittlestar.org.uk/ - the launch of which will be at 6.30 pm for 7 on 14 Oct at the Barbican Library in London.
I'll be reading 3 or 4 poems. Entry is free, but space is limited. The Library can be contacted on 020 7638 0569 for tickets - Barbican Library, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS.
'Tuning Into The Slow Time' will be appearing in the St Cross 50th Anniversay anthology:
Will be reading 'Down by the River' in Nottingham on Saturday 24th November. It's been awarded Joint Third Place in the 2012 Nottingham Open Poetry Competition. The Adjudicator was Bloodaxe editor Neil Astley.
The Poetry Library's poetry magazines site www.poetrymagazines.org.uk will soon include some of my work previously published in Poetry Salzburg Review.
Ana Eulate's 'Kinds of White', which Ana translated from the Spanish with me, will be released on the Meridian label towards the end of this year as part of a set of 8 songs which set various poets. The composer is David Power. The performers are Paul Carey Jones (Baritone) and Ian Ryan (piano) and they were recorded at the National Centre for Early Music in York by Dr Jeremy Wells of the York University Music Technology Department.
'The Big Reach' will be included in the 2012 Norwich Writers' Circle Anthology.
'Let In' has been accepted at the Motion International Festival in Cyprus. The Festival is between 23rd and 24th March - Cyprus. Here's the link to the festival programme. 'Let In' is under the Experimental / Video Art Section.
'Let In' has been selected for exhibition and will be shown in the Walthamstow International Film Festival which runs from the 3rd to the 11th of September at five venues around Walthamstow Town Centre.
The issue is an extraordinary blend of national and international writing, from Turkey, Nigeria, Ireland, USA, and from the UK. Well-known authors such as Graham Mort, Myra Schneider, Tony Roberts, Ian Parks, Mario Susko Micheal Henry and Chris Hardy are featured and Abigail Morley (short-list for the Forward Prize Best First Collection, 2010).
Humorous stories from the USA; translation of Ingeborg Bachmann, excellent artwork and reviews of such writers as the Australian Sandy Fitts and UK poet, Josephine Dickinson.
Dream Catcher is as much fiction as poetry, as much national as international. It knows no barriers or borders. It aims for diversity and excellence, to encompass all subjects and all forms of writing to represent the contemporary world's cultural mix. Contemporary Writing for Contemporary Readers
Three poems appear in Poetry Salzburg Review No.18. 'I Saw You Again' is in The Oxford Magazine, No.306. Other contributors include Geoffrey Hill and there are articles on climate change, sustainability and the Browne Report:
The next issue of Assent will be a new look double issue and will be launched at QUAD (Arts Centre in the middle of Derby) at 7 on Thursday 7th October. This will feature a reading from Bernard O'Donoghue, supported by two other poets (CJ Allen and me) who appear in the issue. SOLD OUT.
'Decision' appears in the Norwich Writers' Circle Open Poetry Competition Anthology 2010:
I have a bit in John Biggs' revised edition of Teaching for Quality Learning at University, which he has written with Catherine Tang. He is a novelist as well as an educationalist and can be visited at:
Good to see Kevin Fegan very active, not just as a playwright of standing but as a poet, currently being published by Five Leaves. We gave some poetry readings together, through East Midlands Arts, about 15 years ago.