New poem for Winchester Woolly Hat Fair


Really pleased to be invited to write a poem for this year’s Winchester Woolly Hat Fair.

Hat Fair is the UK’s longest running festival of outdoor arts and the ‘Woolly’ edition is a new winter event (now in its second year) designed to bring the spirit of Hat Fair to the city’s Christmas celebrations.

woolly-hat-fair-2016Throughout December 2016, 12 free events inspired by the carol The Twelve Days of Christmas will take place across various locations .

Festivities will kick off at 5pm on Saturday 3rd December at The Gallery, Winchester School of Art – under the boughs of a pop-up pear orchard created by fashion and textiles students from Winchester School of Art. Live Canon will open Woolly Hat Fair with a bespoke collection of sonnets, haikus, fables and rhyming couplets – including my poem, The One – all written in response to the festive riddle: how did the partridge come to be in the pear tree?

Details here:


Shortlisted for the Live Canon 2016 International Poetry Prize

live-canon-international-poetry-prize-anthology-2016Delighted that my poem Rebel / Cause is one of 25 shortlisted in the Live Canon 2016 International Poetry Prize.

On Sunday November 20th at 3pm, Live Canon  will perform all of the shortlisted poems at the Greenwich Theatre in London and announce the overall winner.

Event info here:

Full shortlist here, along with details of an anthology of the winning and shortlisted poems published by Live Canon: