I may not have updated this page for a while but I have not been idle! February Stablemates had to compete with many other London poetry events and Storm Doris but was a wonderful evening nonetheless. Pavilion Press editor, Deryn Rees-Jones and two of her poets, Mona Arshi and Ruby Robinson played to a packed house in March. In between, the Masterclass with Sean O’Brien was fascinating and the launch of Rishi Dastidar’s Ticker-tape was so succesful that they ran out of books before I could get one – Family Hold Back! I’m happy to say I’m now the proud owner of a copy, thanks Rishi.
My big news was being awarded Arts Council Funding for Stablemates! The first one to benefit will be in April when Steve Ely will come down from Huddersfield to take part and his brand new book will be available ahead of its publication! The other two poets are Nancy Charley and Richard Skinner – details are on myevents pageand here’s the advance booking link.
I have more great poets lined up for May and June (see my Stablematespage). Note that June’s will be on WEDNESDAY 28th June, in order not to clash with the launch of The Golden Shovel Anthology.
On July 8th, I took part in The Persisters present Holding the Line – a celebration of feminism through poetry and the live arts. One of the purposes of the event was to raise money for Women’s Aid – it’s not too late to sponsor me! Thanks to those who have already donated.