Best Collection 2022 Shortlist
I’m really excited that All the Men I Never Married has made it onto the Forward Prizes for Poetry Best Collection shortlist. Shortlisted alongside me are Kaveh Akhbar, Anthony Joseph, Shane McCrae and Helen Mort.
I’m massively grateful, and especially happy to be shortlisted alongside Helen Mort, who is a good friend of mine, and someone I’ve always looked up to.
Having judged these prizes a few years ago, I know what care and thought and agonising goes into creating these shortlists. I’d like to thank the judges Fatima Bhutto, Rishi Dastidar, alice hiller, Nadine Aisha Jassat and Stephen Sexton for the care they’ve already taken in reading my work.
Poetry Foundation Featured Blogger
The Poetry Foundation have commissioned me to write a series of blogs on the theme ‘Poetry and Politics’ over the summer. The first one is called ‘Moments of Change’. It features discussion of strange conversations in pubs after readings, and the political nature (or not!) of poetry.
A New Job!
In January I started a new fixed-term post (until September 2023) as Creative Writing Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University. I am absolutely loving the teaching so far – the students are fantastic, and my colleagues are lovely.
Guest Editing The Poetry Review
I’m really happy to be guest editing The Poetry Review with Hannah Lowe. This magazine has been so important to my development as a poet, so it’s great to have the chance to edit the magazine.
Kendal Poetry Festival is Over!
Yes, it’s over, but also, it’s not really! We’re still doing lots of admin. There are still poets to pay, and an Arts Council Evaluation to write. If you did attend the festival, and are able to fill in our Evaluation form, we would be very grateful! You can find it here: