Shortlisted for Janet Coats Memorial Prize

I’m delighted I have recently had a poem selected for the shortlist of the Janet Coats Memorial Prize at Paisley Book Festival: https://paisleybookfest.com/prize/

The theme for 2020 is ‘Radical Voices and Rebel Stories’, with a focus on the young people who have been making their voices heard on the climate crisis over the past two years. My poem was written in response to the eeriness and sadness I felt as I watched our local woods alter over the course of a long hot summer. I was disturbed by the previous winter, where the winds blew for weeks from the East rather than the South-West – a small detail, but when the clouds blow ‘the wrong way’ across the sky for days, I find it deeply unsettling.

The result is my poem, ‘In Elegant Green’, which you can read on the Paisley Book Festival website (link above).

Twisted::Colon Anthology II

TWISTED::COLON

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It’s been a wee while since Twisted::Colon committed anything to print, but the latest collection, available to buy now, is well worth the wait.

In this collection we are transformed into other beings, we enjoy the sensuality of plums, we remember Africa, we break plates, we play hide and seek, we encounter witches, we clamber among the clouds, we are swept away by the Singularity, we potter about, we face extinction, we dance, we are seduced, we drown.

Poetry, fiction and memoir by:

Keith Foreman
Alasdair Gillon
Ivan Meyer
Larissa Reid
Justin Sales
Laura Scotland
Mark Steven

Available from 16 December 2019.

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Poetry collection: In February

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“Poetry to shake senses awake with the splash of language.”

Kenny Taylor, editor Northwords Now

Last February, 2018,  I challenged myself to write a poem every day for a month. Starting on February 1st, and taking writer Robert Macfarlane’s ‘words of the day’ on Twitter as inspiration, I began to write poems, many fuelled by my love and need for the natural world, particularly at times of crisis. The result is my first small collection of poetry, In February.

I have decided to donate all profits from the sale of this book to the British Thyroid Foundation http://www.btf-thyroid.org/ in support of the valuable work that they do across the UK.

If you would like to buy a copy of the book, priced £5.99 (plus £1 P&P), please click on the link below. Copies will be posted after the book launch on January 30th 2019.

Thank you!

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