Consilience Journal: joining the Editorial Team!

Thrilled to have joined the Editorial Team at Consilience Journal! A unique poetry journal at the intersection of science and art. Each submission period, the journal aims to accept the first 20 poems on an assigned theme, which then go through a “peer review”-type process with the team of reviewers. The editors work with the poets on revising their poems, before producing a brand new issue.

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The first issue will be on the theme of Connectivity.

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RED poems: for Porphyria Awareness Week

Fellow poet Bethan Rees asked me to contribute a reading for Porphyria Awareness Week on the colour red. So I picked one poem of mine, from my forthcoming pamphlet Blue Dot Aubade, and one from Simon Barraclough’s collection Sunspots.

West Wilts Radio – The Poetry Place with Dawn Gorman & Peter O’Grady – Easter Weekend special – 11 April 2020

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I was very pleased to be invited along with several other poets to read on Easter Weekend at West Wilts Radio, sharing poems of hopefulness. Covid-19 once again intervened, and we were all unable to share the afternoon of 11 April 2020 in Bradford-on-Avon at the studio.

We all recorded at home and shared these recordings with Dawn and Peter, who put together a wonderful programme broadcast on the day. You might be able to still catch it at for a little bit longer.

Wonderful to share the airwaves with Pey Oh, Anne Gregson, Samiha Abdeldjebar, Shauna Darling Robertson, Rachael Clyne, Ruth Sharman, Rosie Jackson, Frances-Anne King, Dawn Gorman and Peter O’Grady.

You can hear my contribution also on my SoundCloud:

‘Love in the Small Spaces’ Reading – Lyra Festival – 26 March 2020

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Long before the threat of Covid-19 cancelled everything, this reading was in the works at the HOURS Gallery in Bristol, an evening of poems around the theme above ( “poems of little and curious loves” that celebrate the delicate parts of life). In “The After”, this reading and these themes became all the more pertinent.

Our intrepid HOURS Poets organisers decided to move the reading online, rather than cancel, due to its timeliness. We read via Google Hangouts, and had a beautiful evening with a lovely audience, many who shared a poem during the second half, when we had our open mic.

I know for me, it was a lifesaving evening, bringing us up from the heaviness of growing despair, to share love and celebrate, from our own small spaces.

Poems read: “The Wave”, “Promise” and “Mass Meditation.”