Germ Songs

In a classic case of ‘being me’, I’ve done nothing of note for about three years and now managed to have a few things all coming along at once… so apologies for that.

Available now from the good people at Rough Trade Books, GERM SONGS is a new collaborative pamphlet with the wonderful Jess White, an artist living in the same village as I do. She has provided a set of incredible images that talk to, or out of or away from the poems, all drawn from the landscape in the surrounding area.

It’s part of a set of pamphlets in partnership with the William Morris Gallery, celebrating or riffing on his work in some way. I recommend them all.


Fforest Nature Writing Retreat 20th-24th March 2019

It’s very exciting to be able to announce that I’ll be one of the tutors on this cracking-looking retreat in March next year. The other tutors and guests are Richard King, Melissa Harrison and Abi Andrews, all equally brilliant. And the location here is seriously great, a very special place.

Check them out here…

And the writing retreat info is all here…

Hopefully see a few of you there for walking, birds, rivers, poems, stories and songs.

Ty Newydd poetry course with Hollie McNish and Luke Wright

I'm well pleased to be teaching alongside the wonderful Hollie McNish on this residential course at the Ty Newedd Writing Centre in November. The course will be aimed at encouraging enjoyment of both writing and reading your poems. We will also have a guest reading from Luke Wright on one of the evenings. This will be a week spent in fine surroundings and fine company, with lots to learn and enjoy as we go.

Full details of the course here.

Battle of Ideas

I'll be appearing on a panel at The Barbican, as part of 2016's Battle of Ideas, to discuss various notions of independent and counter culture, the impact of Rough Trade on our sense of these things and, hopefully making a few contentious statements regarding the commodification of all this, using our seemingly insatiable thirst for nostalgia. Or something.

Anyway, check out the rest of the panel... there will be some seriously good stuff discussed, I'm sure.