My debut full collection the small manoeuvres is out in the world, launched IRL in our lovely Phoenix Community Garden here in Covent Garden and on-line with fellow Verve poets, Kayleigh Campbell, Sarah James and Georgina Wilding. The garden was washed bright and lush by rain. Friends were pleased to see each other. Reading on-line into the cavern of a zoom webinar is a very different experience but casts the net wider. I've been grateful for the opportunities on-line readings and launches offer and have certainly 'attended' and participated in events I would not have attended in person, due to geography and / or timings. It's been a real treat. But what's a treat for me is a necessity for those whose mobility is circumscribed by health or circumstances. For all of us, I hope the online activity continues to flourish now the poetry world is opening again.
I'm thrilled to be featured on Mark McGuinness's A Mouthful of Air, a podcast of classic and contemporary poetry in which each episode focusses on a single poem and includes a reading and an interview with the poet - or in the case of those long dead, an analysis by Mark. It's a rich format designed to appeal to a wide audience and Mark has chosen an eclectic mix of old and new voices. In my episode I read Return to the Terminus and talk, among other things, about its origins and how I made it out of two separate poems.
Sarah Mnatzaganian's Lemonade in the Armenian Quarter (Against the Grain) and Emily Berry's Unexhausted Time (Faber)