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Division Five Released Today

Afternoon one and all! Today sees the release of this year's Long Division charity album which is raising money for Wakefield Samaritans. I'm incredibly grateful to have been asked to contribute to the album  (Darkest Before The Sunlight) and to stand alongside a host of amazing musicians and spoken word artists. You can purchase the album here

Speechless Therapy

Nottingham From the second I started walking up to The Chameleon I could feel something special in the air. The City is beautiful, a strong multicultural community with a strong sense of compassion for those in a less fortunate position. This continued inside the moment Miggy took to the stage to begin conducting the evenings proceedings. Again the word 'community' rang strong throughout Speech Therapy  (as I'm sure it always does) from the declaration no one is turned away if they can't make a donation to the evening to the genuine support for all the open Mic performers. Speaking of the open Mic, god damn it Nottingham you have an AMAZING well of  talent. I was utterly knocked for six by t

Lieder Me There

What an absolute pleasure Leeds Lieder 2018 was! First things first, a round of applause to each and every poet and composer team that have worked so hard to produce wonderful and unique Lieder pieces for the 2018 festival. From poetry on homelessness, loss, iron, otters and regrets, there was so much range and scope in both words and music. When the opportunity comes to apply for next year, please do so as you won't regret it. Over the last 5 months, myself and Graeme Law cunningly crafted a political satire that we had too much fun bringing to life. I completely take my hat off the wonderful skills of Emi See on the piano and to Olivia Singleton with her wonderful voice. It was the most s

Scream For Me Wakefield...SCREAM FOR ME WAKEFIELD!!!!

Wow, wow. wow. wow. wow Wakefield Thank you from the bottom of this punk poet's heart for all your love and support last night. But also thank you to Brews, Bites & Books for the giving the night the home it needed (Rob, thank you so much for your continued support of the Art scene in Wakefield) Thank you to Steve for kicking off the night in such a bittersweet, tender way (You absolutely shone and I'm so proud to see you leap from strength to strength) Thank you to Rob for the comedic currents weaved like a professional (Your wordsmith skills deserve to be hollered from the rooftops) Thank you to Gen for bringing the most eloquent observations and Goth vibezzzzzz to the Merrie City once aga

Oh Lincoln

I don't even know where to start this. Thank you. Thank you so, so much to my Plastic Brain Press family for all their love and support in bringing my debut collection to life  and to everyone that attended the Lincoln Launch of Sending A Drunk Text Whilst Sober. Thank you for everyone that bought a copy on Friday and thank you to Caz for the surprise SADTWS badges (which I'll be giving away with the collection whilst I have them. I know I said this on the night but I'll say it again now. Lincoln is going through an explosion of creativity (with the likes of Plastic Brain Press, Birdcage and the unstoppable powerhouse that is Gemma Baker) and it's humbling to be playing a part in it all. The

Twenty Twenty Twenty Four Hours To Goooooo

The day before the night and it hasn't sunk in at all yet. Pinch me, slap me I still won't believe you. I feel like a hell of a lot of hard work is paid off fittingly with Sending A Drunk Text Whilst Sober. it was a weird few months getting the manuscript together (deciding what to leave in, what running order to use etc) but one main thing I found going over some very early work was being able to cringe. Yup Cringe And that's not a bad thing at all. I've been able to see how my writing has changed over four years, words and phrases that I'd completely re-written or completely started over. Your allowed to be your own harshest critic. But here we are I suppose, the eve of the culmination. I

It's So Close

it's a week, A WEEK until Sending A Drunk Text Whilst Sober is unleashed on to the public at Plastic Brain Press presents: Crash Course in Brain Surgery. This isn't going to be just a book launch, it's going to be an absolute party and I'm looking forward to seeing you all there! (don't forget it's then the Wakefield Launch on the 17th with support from Steven B Williams Rob Reed and Geneviève Walsh: Poet) Again I want to thank Plastic Brain Press for all their hard work behind the scenes in bringing this collection to life, to Genevieve for her beautiful forward and to Rob Benson for his fantastic photography skills! Lincoln Launch Wakefield Launch

National Poetry Month Plans

April is National Poetry Month and I'll be doing a mixture of flash poetry, sharing some of my favourite poets & poems and (obviously) getting ready to launch Sending A Drunk Text Whilst Sober. However, I'll mainly be doing this over on Twitter  rather than a daily blog on here. But that's not to say you'll be missing out if you're not on said social media platform, there'll be a weekly round-up here instead. so if you're writing yourself or just reading along, have a good month!

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