Poems: 2011

October: “Eclipsed”, “Breakdown”, Uroborus

October: “Imaginary Numbers”, “The man who launched the airstrike”, “Peace”, “The Fire Garden” and “BFPO,” as featured poet in The Coffee House

October: “Heartbeat”, John Clare Cottage Trust website: http://www.clarecottage.org/poetryprize.htm

September: “Cottongrass” used in Your Peak District, National Trust magazine

September: “Declining Silence”, “The Promise of Proof” in A Roof of Red Tiles and other stories and poems, Cinnamon Press

August: “Jetsam”, Welsh Poetry Competition anthology

August: “A sound”, in Catalyst 2 Ambient Music, Unlimited Editions, Bank St Sheffield.

July: “Thaw”, Aspire #8

June: “Love of the paleontologist”, “A tree in the street”, “Grace”, Envoi #159

April: “In the Vice Provost’s Garden”, “Litany”, “Seven summers”, “Kim Phuc: The Song of Yellow Skin”, Cinnamon Press anthology Feeding the Cat

April: “Fid. Def. Ind. Imp.” and “Bringing them back to earth” in A’ Freak Yer! and Other Poems, an  anthology from the Build Africa (Excel for Charity) Poetry Competition

April: “Mona Lisa Entropy” in Post Hoc, limited edition hand produced book, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, (produced through exhibition in Sheffield Poetry Festival)

March: “Anthropology of Loss” Wasafiri, #65

Feb: “Erosion”, “Pluvial”, Heno, Wrth Gysgu/Tonight, While Sleeping: Poetry on Climate Change, Awel Aman Tawe anthology, Roynetree Press

Feb:  “Before morning comes”, Newark Poetry Society website (and newsletter: Three Rs): http://www.newarkpoetrysociety.co.uk/newarkpoetrysociety.co.uk/2010_Results.html

Jan: Adrift in Email”, “A Love Song”, Cake #2

Prizes and Awards 2011

October: Longlisted Fantasy Book Review Fantasy Short Story Competition

October: Shortlisted Cinnamon Poetry competition

October: “Homemaker” highly commended, and collection highly commended in the Marple International Poetry Competition: http://www.marplewriting.org.uk/page10.html

August: “Heartbeat”, 2nd prize in the John Clare Poetry Prize : http://www.clarecottage.org/poetryprize.htm

July: “Refraction”, Highly Commended, Yeovil Literary Prize

July: MA Writing (Merit), Sheffield Hallam University

April: “Presumably butterflies” submitted for the Forward Prize by Orbis

April: “Anthropology of Loss” submitted for the Forward Prize by Wasafiri

April: Shortlist: Two poems shortlisted in Wenlock poetry competition (judged by Carol Ann Duffy): “Tying the Kite” and “A clear sky. Snowdrifts.”

April: Shortlist: Snapshot Press Haiku Calendar

March: Shortlist:  Carillon Competition for “Homemaker”

Feb: Shortlist: Cinnamon Press Pamphlet Competition

Jan : 3rd Prize, in Awel Aman Tawe Poetry Competition for “Erosion”, http://www.awelamantawe.org.uk/index.php/poetry-competition-results.html

Jan :”Bilberry” and “Cottongrass” runners up in Moorland Plant Poetry Competition

Jan : 2nd Prize, in Newark Poetry Competition for “Before morning comes”

Other publications 2011

October: Editorial and reviews in my own e-zine, Antiphon #1, with co-editor Rosemary Badcoe

October: Poetry reviews, The North #48

April: Review of volumes by Priscila Uppal, Jean Follain and Harry Martinson, The North #47

April: Editorial contribution to Sheffield Poetry Festival Programme (an extract from my poem “Hometown”, and co-authoring the Welcome message with Rob Hindle)

April: Editor: A Year of Words (Poems by writers from my Denby Dale workshops, Nov 2010 to April 2011)

March: Editorial contribution to Write Down Your Street, Off the Shelf Publication, Sheffield (contains poems written by some of the children and workshop attendees I taught in Sheffield’s South Community Assembly Area)

Readings and events 2011

  • Reading at Cinnamon Press Launch, University of York, Nov 25 2011
  • Judge of Huddersfield Authors’ Circle Poetry Competition, Nov 2011
  • Reading at Launch of Uroborus, West Street Live, Sheffield, Oct 17, 2011
  • Prize reading, St Stephen’s Steps, Westminster Hall, House of Commons, Oct 13th 2011
  • Public debate on The Future of the Book, Off the Shelf, Friends’ Meeting House, Sheffield, Oct 10th 2011
  • Poetry workshop, Bank Street, Off the Shelf, with Angelina Ayers, Oct 2011
  • Prize reading, John Clare’s Cottage, Helpston, Northants, Oct 8th 2011
  • Developing a map of Sheffield’s public poetry, for Off the Shelf, July to Sept 2011.
  • Monthly poetry workshops, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield. With Angelina Ayers, May to Dec 2011. (See: http://bankstreetpoets.blogspot.com/)
  • Reading for Word Life/Opus, Riverside, Sheffield, August 2011
  • Matter reading Sharrow Festival, Highfield Church, Sheffield: 5/7/11
  • Villages of Poetry celebration event, Denby Dale Methodist Chapel: 25/6/11
  • Paper to Conference “The Singer Not the Song”, Sheffield Hallam University, 24/6/11
  • Huddersfield Authors’ Circle: competition workshop, 22/6/11
  • Radio interview: Sheffield Live: June 2011
  • Reading at Creative Spark, Sheffield Hallam University: 10/6/11
  • MA Writing Masterclass reading, Bank Street Arts: 6/4/11
  • Matter #10 Celebration Reading, Sheffield Poetry Festival: 3/4/11
  • “University Poetry Challenge”: Captain of victorious Sheffield Hallam University Team (beating Sheffield University, captained by Simon Armitage): 3/4/11
  • “Out of Place”, Tuesday Poets, Bank Street: Sheffield: 29/3/11
  • Broomhall Arts Walk and Garden Party, Sheffield Poetry Festival: 27/3/11
  • Bank St Literary Salon, Sheffield: 15/3/11
  • Moorland Trust Poetry Prize giving, Longshaw Estate: 12/3/11
  • Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere: 6/3/11
  • Awel Aman Tawe Prize Reading: 25/2/11 [not attending, after all]
  • Unquiet Desperation: Bank St Arts Sheffield 3/2/11
  • Speakeasy: Sheffield HUBS: 25/1/11 and 22/2/11 (double act with Natasha Williams)
  • “Before morning comes”, broadcast on Boundary Sound (Newark local radio), In the Limelight: 22/1/11
  • Weekly poetry workshops for Art in the Park, Denby Dale Methodist Chapel, Jan to May 2011
  • Newark Prize Reading: 21/1/11
  • Dec 2010 to May 2011, member of Sheffield Poetry Festival organising committee
  • member of The Poetry Business Writing School, Jan 2010 to May 2011
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