Last month I was at the seaside for Poetry in Aldeburgh, where I read along with Oliver Comins, Alexandra Davis and Charlotte Gann, listened to some wonderful readings, met up with poetry friends and ate two lots of fish and chips in the space of three days. It was a big treat to follow this up at the beginning of this month, spending time with the festival's co-director, Paul Stephenson, at a Poetry Business writing week in beautiful Cromford, Derbyshire. The days were a combination of mornings of responding to a wide range of prompts, followed by workshopping in smaller groups in the afternoons, then sharing our favourite poetry in the evenings. Busy days and, for me, very productive. As usual, I wrote very little approaching a fully formed poem but I came away with lots of material to mine later - as well as new friends. My last reading this year has been at Cafe Writers, Norwich, along with Chrissy Williams and open-mic readers. It was a very welcoming and enjoyable evening. Finally, I was delighted to receive a second OPOI (one point of interest) piece for Elastic Glue on the Sphinx pamphlet review website, written by D A Prince. Here's to a peaceful, productive new year.
Mimi Khalvati's Afterwardness (Carcanet); Ramona Herdman's A warm and snouting thing (Emma Press); and Structure and Surprise (ed. Michael Theune)