My Poetry Business Writing School partner for the next few weeks is Hebden Bridge-based poet David Underdown. David runs the Arran Poets' annual McLellan Poetry Prize and has a collection, Time Lines, out with Cinnamon Press and a new collection, also with Cinnamon, due in 2018/19. I am very much looking forward to exchanging notes with him about Robert Browning among other poets and to sharing our own work which has sprung from the Writing School seminars. Writing School fellow students with new publications just out are Matthew Paul and Ramona Herdman.
The Emma Press, who published my pamphlet Goose Fair Night, has just launched its invitation for submissions for its next batch of pamphlets and I was delighted to accept an invitation to write about my experience of the publishing process from acceptance through to print on their regular blog site. I'm in the process of trying to decide my next move - whether to try for a themed pamphlet as I'm writing quite a lot around a theme or for a full collection. It's a bit of a game of chess. But either way, it all depends on writing better. To this end I submit with gratitude to fortnightly workshopping with the sublime Mimi Khalvati, who, at a recent session, told me that my poem in question was like exquisite wallpaper on a fundamentally wonky and unsound wall. I can take it.
Vicki Feaver's The Book of Blood (Cape); Patricia Beer's Collected Poems (Carcanet); Matthew Paul's The Evening Entertainment (Eyewear) and Ramona Herdman's Bottle (Happenstance).