Edinburgh International Book Festival

What a week just passed in Wales with Caught by the River, Fforest Farm and everyone involved at Caught by the River Teifi. Thanks to everybody who made it such a special week. And especially those who attended the workshops... three excellent groups who came up with even better poems.

This Saturday I'm up in Edinburgh at the festival, taking part in the Bus Stops, Cul De Sacs and Rutted Tracks event, reading some poems and discussing how different environments affect our literature.

Do come and say hello if you're up there...

August Events

August is shaping up to be one hell of a month, with readings at both Edinburgh Book Festival and Green Man, but first I'll be running a couple of workshops, reading some poems and getting involved in an In Conversation type affair with Jeb Loy Nichols at the inaugural Caught by the River Teifi festival at Fforest Farm, Wales. Everything Jeb's been involved with has been pretty great, but Lover's Knot was a real formative album for me, and of course he originated that whole country-soul re-appraisal business with those Country Got Soul albums a few years back. None of which have been bettered, despite being much imitated. Anyway, details of all of these events on the events page, or below, do come and say hello...

Caught by the River Teifi

Bus Stops, Cul-de-Sacs and Rutted Tracks, at Edinburgh Book Festival

Green Man Festival



Robert Rubbish on Soho...

Last month I interviewed the artist and film maker Robert Rubbish about our favourite part of London.

Robert's got form as one of those people that make Soho what it is. Although a reformed character now, he was a fixture in drinking dens the length of Dean St in his time. It was a wonderful way to spend an afternoon, listening to him talk about his feelings for the place.

The interview is up here on the Unofficial Britain website, which is well worth a read too.


Heavenly Recordings at The House of St Barnabas

I'll be reading some poems at this event highlighting the good folks at Heavenly Recordings as part of a series of get-togethers celebrating independent labels at The House of St Barnabas in Soho.

It's going to be seriously good, with Jock Scott also reading and Duke Garwood, Gwenno and Stealing Sheep all playing.

Details here...



Vine Collective at E17 Arts Trail

I'll be hosting and reading a few poems at this event on Friday, helping to launch The Vine Collective into the world. Which by the sound of what they are trying to do will be a good thing.

The line-up is great, with music from The Cat’s Knickers and Chrome Hoof, readings and performances from Michael SmithGareth Rees and Rob Auton

Literature, music, art, wine. Battle surburbia by buying your ticket here.