For me, poetry is all about engaging with an audience, sharing ideas, and making connections. This page is where you’ll find news of forthcoming gigs – I’ll update it as necessary every few weeks – and any other bits and pieces of poetry news I have to share. What’s going on in 2020? Find out here!

(possibly unnecessary note: Covid-19, and the subsequent lockdown which closed pubs, arts centres, cafes etc, has rather put paid to the live performances I had planned. I’ve now started exploring the world of Zoom, so it may be you can see me on a computer screen in the comfort of your own home very soon. I’ll post details below.)

all times, everywhere
Meanwhile…. my SIXTH book of poems.
‘thirty-one small acts of love and resistance’
is on sale here.

Sunday October 18th
I’ll be on NLiveRadio from 8pm
talking about the viral success of ‘Fatima’.
The programme is available here until the end of October.

Tuesday October 27th
I’ll be reading as part of a Zoom event
organised by the American University of Dubai.

Thursday October 29th
Emma Purshouse and myself start another run of our
‘Arses from Elbows’ poetry workshops.
2-4pm, or 7.30-9.30pm.
One or two spaces left, so get in touch if you want one….

Sunday November 1st
The pandemonialists will be running Yes We Cant on Zoom.
Headliner: Cathi Rae. ‘Alf Ender: John Mills.
Email us to join the audience or grab an open-mic spot.

As and when it becomes possible to gig once more, I’ll be actively seeking bookings to promote my sixth volume of poems, so do get in touch if you’d like to offer a gig. Thanks.