01 Feb 2020 Category: erasure poetry
This song seems appropriate given the events of yesterday. It’s a slow growing collapse.
24 Jan 2020 Category: publications
I was very lucky to have a poem on BBC Radio Bristol’s Upload show. The poem is called Encrypted and was written for Tonic, which is an amazing night. You get given a prompt and you have a month to write a piece for it.
The prompt I got was “threw postcards in the shape of airplanes hoping they get to where they meant to”. It pushed the poem in strange new directions I never would have thought of if I was just sitting down to write without a prompt.
Thanks to Chris Beale for recording it and Upload...
21 Jan 2020 Category: link round up
Theres a new poem of mine up on Fevers of the Mind. Its called Failed Hypothesis, go here to read it.
I love these cold clear winter days. Here’s a photo I took yesterday by the harbour:
- If you’re writing anything in any capacity you should take some time to read this amazing essay by Kali Wallace. It’s something I’ve touched on before, the pressure to keep working, but articulated so beautifully and painfully:
Write something else. Write it faster. And network more, because...
20 Jan 2020 Category: this was meant to be the future
Just before the door swung open, Amber was certain she could hear voices. When she walked into the small office, they had lapsed into silence. It had sounded like Tom. Great. He was meant to be the only friendly one. He sat at his desk, pretending to concentrate on work, music on as usual. Derek and Robyn ignored her as well. All three of them wore headphones, lost in their own world. Amber shuffled over to her desk, clutching her cup of tea, trying to ignore the tension in the room and failing. She wasn’t paranoid any more, she was...
16 Jan 2020 Category: this was meant to be the future
Blimey, it's the year Twenty Twenty, a year that sounds incredibly futuristic. We're past the setting of Blade Runner. The world is different and weirder in ways we couldn't imagine before.
With that in mind, I’m announcing my next book of short stories, called This Was Meant to be the Future. I’ve been working on these stories for the last couple of years and it feels an appropriate time to release them.
12 Jan 2020 Category: erasure poetry
Taken from the review pages of Bristol In Stereo January 2019
11 Jan 2020 Category: photos
It’s my 200th post on this here website! Hurrah!
Here’s some pictures of the Bedminster Lantern Parade, which was joyful.
08 Jan 2020 Category: year in review
In 2019, I read 66 books, but a lot were poetry chapbooks or graphic novels. You can see most of the list on my GoodReads page if you want.
Heres some of my personal highlights:
Probably because of everything in the world right now, I read a lot of books about escaping into strange dreamlike worlds. I sped through the Annihilation trilogy by Jeff Vandeermeer and Roadsise Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, both of which share a common DNA. They feel less like science fiction and more like moving into a weird world where the...
07 Jan 2020 Category: year in review
I’m late to the party with my year wrap up. It’s already the roaring twenties. 1 But I still think it is worth looking at where we have been so we can look to the future.
In many ways, the last year of the decade was a contradictory one. There seemed to be such hope in the air with the protests against injsutice and climate emergencies, yet people routinely voted for selfish, narrowminded parties. Brexit seemed a hopeless prospect and yet people were determined to push it through. There was so much joy and within the same...
31 Dec 2019 Category: podcasts
John Green’s podcast The Anthropocence Reviewed has been a consistent highlight this year, but the latest episode on Auld Lang Syne is particularly moving. The reworking of the song and reclamation of it is joyous.
It made me think about why we celebrate New Year. The answer John Green gives is an elegant one; because we are all still here. Another journey around the sun, another year passing into history.
Hold each other tight and revel in each other’s company. No matter what happens, we have these moments of joy and closeness. We have each other for a little...
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