Meet the authors and shape poems in ‘Shaping the World’ – book launch 22 April

Have you ever wondered how antibiotics were discovered, when the first woman went to space, why people love Shakespeare, or who invented sliced bread?

Shaping the World is a brand new gift anthology containing forty incredible shape poems in the shape of world shapers! Learn about about Amelia Earhart in a poem shaped like a plane, Maya Angelou in a poem shaped like a bird or Francis Drake in a poem shaped like a ship. Each poem is paired with a biography, quote and fascinating fact.

Join us for the Zoom launch on 22 April, 9.30-10.30am

Come and hear the poets in Shaping World read their own poems, and see the amazing shapes made out of the poems’ words! Poets include Dom Conlon, Jan Dean, John Dougherty, Matt Goodfellow, Sue Hardy-Dawson, Shauna Darling Roberston, Roger Stevens, Myles McLeod, Cheryl Moskowitz, Laura Mucha, Chitra Soundar, Kate Wakeling, and Liz Brownlee, hosted by Myles McLeod and Macmillan’s wonderful Gaby Morgan.

The event is free. Book your place now at

HOURS Writers Poetry Shots on SoundCloud 5-8 April

HOURS Writers are a Bristol-born workshop group. We’re releasing daily ‘shots’ of convenient and flavoursome poetry on Monday April 5th to Thursday April 8th as part of Bristol’s Lyra Poetry Festival.

Listen in any time at

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Song lyric on Roger Stevens’ new album ‘Rescued by Orcas’

Rescued By Orcas, the new album from poet, author and musician Roger Stevens is now out in the oceans of the world.

I’m thrilled to have written the lyrics for one of the tracks, ‘Friendly Fire’. It’s been on my bucket list for a while to pen some lyrics for a song that’d be recorded by an artist I enjoy and admire, so – tick!

The lyrics were adapted from a poem in my first poetry chapbook Blueprints for Minefield. ‘Friendly Fire’ tells the story of a couple who’ve always avoided conflict and so too much has been left unsaid and their relationship is on the rocks.

Rescued By Orcas features eleven new songs, all recorded in France (vocals and guitar) with contributions (in England) by Charlotte Glasson (sax, clarinet, flute, violin), Ray Knight (harmonica), Andy Melrose (mandolin), Ali Gavan (drums and bass) and Karen Moses (backing vocals).

There’s quite a mixture of songs, about the state of the world, musings on the hopelessness of life and three love songs. In Roger’s inimitable style, the tracks move between being witty and playful, and observationally pin-sharp, politically astute and emotionally honest. There’s a breadth of musical influences – folk, jazz, blues, 60s/70s London – and the warmth and presence of the recording are wonderful too, it feels like you’re in an intimate venue with a bunch of (musically talented) friends sharing one of those evenings you won’t forget in a hurry.

Snap up a copy here: