I’m delighted to have a poem included in this beautiful book just published by The Emma Press. It’s a right royal bunch of poems about kings and queens, along with illustrations and handy historical facts, created for young readers (around age 8+).
Ever wanted to read Queen Victoria’s Twitter posts and young Elizabeth I’s letters to her father’s latest wife? Or wondered which King had a mischievous pet monkey? Which ruthless Queen enjoyed toasting people to a crisp? Whose reign lasted only nine days?
Then follow the link and grab your copy from The Emma Press to learn all about the kings and queens of the British Isles as you’ve never seen them before –
The Head That Wears a Crown: Poems about Kings and Queens
Many thanks to editors Josephine Corcoran and Rishi Dastidar for publishing a couple of my poems on And Other Poems today.
‘Unsleeplessness’ is loosely based on real events, while you’ll probably be relieved to know that ‘How To Have Your Baby and Eat It’ isn’t.
Read them online here.
I’m thrilled to bits and tickled pink that the work of the Poetry Film Collective will be screened at the 7th International Video Poetry Festival in Athens on 14th & 15th December, and will include three of my poetry films.
The Poetry Film Collective was set up in early 2018 as a six-month project funded by Arts Council England to explore how people from different artistic backgrounds might approach poetry film-making. It’s been a fantastic project and I feel incredibly lucky to have had the opportunity to work with such a wonderful group: Chaucer Cameron, Helen Dewbery, Stephen Daniels, Iris Anne Lewis, Sam Loveless, Bethan Rees, Brian Reid, Sally Ann Russell, Lucia Sellars, Tom Sastry and Dominic Weston. Congratulations everyone, and big thanks to Lucia Sellars for putting our work forward for the festival.
Here’s the event poster for Athens.