I had such good intentions and here we are in December already....
I'm looking forward to the launch of South Bank Poetry's competition edition in which I have a poem, drawing on my day job, called The Consultant Placemaker does Seven Dials. I've also been asked to submit poems to two themed anthologies and it's always heartening to be invited. Plans are afoot to have an Aldeburgh 8 reunion in Sheffield, coinciding with a Poetry Business Writing Day. Peter Sansom, director of The Poetry Business, was tutor on the Aldeburgh 8 residential, along with Jackie Wills, and it will be great to spend a day with him again. We hope to do a group reading too.
My lovely publisher at Emma Press is a demon for hardwork and her efforts have seen this young press shortlisted for the Michael Marks Publisher Award for the third year running. One of Emma Press's pamphlets, Camille Ralphs’ dazzling Malkin, has also been shortlisted for the Poetry Award. I’m very proud to be in their company.
What I'm reading:
Alice Oswald's Falling Awake (Cape) and Helen Mort's No Map Could Show Them (Chatto)