Tuesday, 5 April 2011


I was saddened to hear last week that Flambard Press, the publisher of my first book The Fast Heat of Beauty, have been a victin of Arts Council cuts and will lose all of their funding in 2012. Please support them by having a look at their publications and purchasing one or two! Recommendations: Peter Bennet's The Glass Swarm (a Poetry Book Society choice)and Kelley Swain's Darwin's Microscope.

Some good news came for me a few days ago when Alec Newman at Knives, Forks and Spoons press told me that among my recent sales of new book Spectral Emphatic were the University of Salford, who considered the book to contain "considerable literary merit". Ahem! Marvellous news - deeply humbled.

I've also just heard that a poem from Spectral Emphatic, Desert Sphinx, will be included in the next issue of Carole Baldock's Orbis Poetry Quarterly.

That's it for me right now - until next time...