Breaking News… Nine Arches Press is publishing The Terrors, my sequence of ‘imagined emails’, in March 2009. Some of the poems are on this blog. Some are not. Some are as yet unwritten. Details here. More later.
I’ve revamped Litro’s website. Check it out at http://www.litro.co.uk This is a big move for Litro as all the short fiction and poetry from our print issues will now be accessible online. We are also creating a range of online-only content, including special features and a blog which myself and Julie Palmer-Hoffman will regularly update. DoContinue reading “Litro Online”
Just catching up…
Infinite Lives – Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club through the entirety of which the Working Men and, especially, their wives talked loudly. But nevertheless was an excellent event from the Homework boys. Passionate and witty sermons in poetry and prose by Joe, Tim, Ross and Chris, exploring the netherworld of computer gaming; the virtual worlds of pixellated hedgehogsContinue reading “Just catching up…”
Jamie and I are giving a reading in Oxford tomorrow night. It’s for a new club called Oxford Comma – nothing to do, I think, with the rather tasty Vampire Weekend choon. Anyway, I think it’ll be good fun. The New Poetry? Tom Chivers / James Wilkes 4 November 2008, 8pm Keble College (Pusey Room)
Sarah Butler has blogged last night’s GB Poets event at the Poetry Library (part of Poetry International). I was reading with Bogdan Tiganov, Valeria Melchioretto and Sascha Akhtar. The stage, I mentioned, was the third most unusual I’ve read on (after the window of an old curiosity shop, and a pub toilet) – a multicoloured, tieredContinue reading “GB Poets”
Here’s a new press, Nine Arches, from the Midlands. And here’s a new pamphlet, Jane Holland’s On Warwick, which I’ve reviewed as part of my regular column for Tears in the Fence (you’ll have to wait til December for the next issue). The highlight is the brilliant long poem ‘On Warwick Castle’, about which I say:Continue reading “On Warwick”
After working from a tiny desk squeezed into the corner of my living room for the past two and a half years, I have finally moved into my first proper office. It’s on Aldgate High Street, only a few minutes walk from where I live. It’s great and, remarkably, in a seventeenth century, timber-framed building.Continue reading “The Office”
I don’t have the patience or digital dexterity to mend my watch let alone produce the beautiful, handmade little magazines that Jon and Kirsten at Fuselit stitch together on a regular basis. Last night Fuselit put on a night called ‘Mixtape’ – seven writers, including Tim Wells, Simon Barraclough, Amy Key and Barnaby Tidman, readContinue reading “Fuselit”
It’s National Poetry Day
… and I’m featured in a BBC Radio 4 programme called ‘Blood, Sweat, Tears & Poetry’ today at 11.30am. I’m talking to presenter Patience Agbabi about my residency at Bishopsgate Institute. Then tonight I’m heading off to the Whitechapel Gallery for Plum – an excellent fiction / live lit night. I am giving a talkContinue reading “It’s National Poetry Day”
Go, litel book!
Go, litel book, go litel myn tragedie, Ther god thy maker yet, er that he dye, So sende might to make in som comedie! But litel book, no making thou nenvye, But subgit be to alle poesye; And kis the steppes, wher-as thou seest pace Virgile, Ovyde, Omer, Lucan, and Stace. And for ther isContinue reading “Go, litel book!”