Haiku from That Lone Ship (Parthian Books, 2018)
Not the best M.R. James, but glad I managed to fit in a short Ghost Story for Christmas on a busy Christmas Eve.
A must-read for anyone who has ever attempted to write a 100-word author bio. Sit down with this and a cup of something when you get a chance.
I was recently invited to read at Cheval Writers' 'Poems in the Park' event, a wonderful morning of poetry in Neath's Victoria Gardens.
A recording of the event is now online, and includes my poems 'The Pint That Follows', 'New Shirt' and 'Excavation'.
Last night I read alongside a mix of fellow Parthian writers and regular contributors to the now sadly defunct Square magazine to celebrate the launch of J. Brookes’ Selected Poems.
I had a great night at Tiny Rebel in Cardiff – cheers to Square editor Nick Fisk for the invite!
Photos © Simon Oconnor.
Finished reading Fflur Dafydd’s novel Twenty Thousand Saints this past weekend, after starting it during a recent trip to the Llŷn Peninsula. Odd to think of the island being uninhabited now, to me it’s filled with Fflur’s brilliant cast of characters. I’ll have to make the trip out next time.
I was recently asked to contribute to Wales Arts Review's new series of literary vignettes, and you can now read my rambling, diary entry of a vignette on their website: www.walesartsreview.org/vignette-calling-for-the-good-old-days
In the teenage years before I started reading poetry, I probably would have called Pete Doherty a poet – in that way that Jim Morrison and Bob Dylan are called poets, the way that angered Gregory Corso. Calling a lyricist a ‘poet’ is a way that people attempt to legitimise their craft – as if writing songs is a lesser art.
These vignettes "provide glimpses into the thinking of Welsh writers and their experiences; from the day-to-day to the extraordinary." I've been enjoying reading this series so far – thanks to Wales Arts Review for asking me to contribute.
If you haven’t already seen it, here’s my advert for Nationwide Building Society! So pleased to have been asked to write a poem for their ‘12 Voices’ campaign. Hope you all had a lovely Christmas, here’s to everyone enjoying a much-needed lie in this Boxing Day.
Two years makes it a tradition! This year’s ghost story for Christmas Eve is 'The Toll House' by W. W. Jacobs.
Last year's ghost story