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:


Cheltenham Lit Fest & Corinium Radio

clf16-blueLooking forward to reading at this year’s Cheltenham Literature Festival.

The winner and runners-up (including me) of the the 2016 Gloucestershire Writers’ Network competition will present a selection of writing inspired by the theme of ‘Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness’ at an event on Sunday 16th October (7-9pm,  Cheltenham Town Hall Drawing Room, details and booking here).

I’ve also been invited to read and chat on Corinium Radio – booked in for a studio session on 13th October. The programme (‘The Writers’ Room’) will be broadcast at 2pm on Mon, Wed and Fri the following week and then rebroadcast at 2.30pm on Mon, Wed and Fri the week after that. Show listings here:

Please give generously: Poem-A-Thon to raise funds for Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders

Poem-A-Thon-posterHappy to be performing at a poetry marathon fundraiser in London…

8 hours, 48 poets, 1 very good cause: Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), the world’s leading emergency medical humanitarian aid organisation.

Come. Join in. Give money. Any/all of those things. We’ll be at  Ye Olde Rose and Crown theatre-pub in Walthamstow from 2pm till 10pm on Saturday 12th November. More details in the poster (right).

To donate, please head over to my Just Giving page. Many thanks!


‘Blueprints for a Minefield’ chapbook now available

Deep appreciation to the irrepressible Nadia Kingsley at Fair Acre Press for her hard work and tireless enthusiasm in publishing my first solo poetry chapbook, which is now ‘out there’. If you’d like a copy, head over to Chapbook: Blueprints for a Minefield.

Much fun was had launching it at Wenlock Poetry Festival with a  reading alongside Jonathan Edwards and Jill Munro – the best folks a girl could hope to launch with. Here’s a few pics.

Over The Line: An Introduction to Poetry Comics London launch party 17th September

Over The Line coverThe mighty cool Gosh! Comics in Soho will be hosting the second of two launch events for Sidekick Books’ new anthology, Over The Line: An Introduction to Poetry Comics, edited by Chrissy Williams & Tom Humberstone.

I’m very excited about this book and stoked to have a poem-picture included in it. Can’t wait for the launch and to meet fellow comic scribblers (and to secretly pretend I’m guest-starring in an episode of The Big Bang Theory).

Come along. Here’s the info: