Visions of the City!

  You heard it here first… This series, curated by Bishopsgate Institute’s Poet in Residence Tom Chivers, will introduce some of London’s most exciting poets – writers whose work explores the complex, fluid and multivocal character of the City. Alongside their readings Tom will also premiere his own new work produced during the Residency. Visions of the City IContinue reading “Visions of the City!”

The Crane Wife

You know when you buy a CD, listen to it once and decide it’s not as good as you hoped, so you tuck it away in your collection never to be heard again? Well, I did this with The Decemberists’ first major album Picaresque and now I’ve done it with their second. A proper relisten today, whilst writing reviewsContinue reading “The Crane Wife”

Tears in the Fence 47

  I’ve just received my copy of Tears in the Fence 47, which I think is one of the strongest issues yet. Of course I would say that, as I’m Associate Editor. I’m particularly glad to see strong new work by younger British poets such as Chris McCabe, James Wilkes, Hannah Silva, Simon Turner and Joe Dunthorne.Continue reading “Tears in the Fence 47”

April is the cruellest month

Work off the intellectual lethargy of the Easter holiday with three forthcoming readings wot I am giving. All in Londinium. All very different. I’ll be reading from ‘How To Build A City’, a kind of hybrid diary/travelogue/guidebook set around Liverpool Street Station (and to be published in the next issue of The Edgeless Shape). AndContinue reading “April is the cruellest month”

Hair today

Reader, a confession, if you will. I have difficult hair, and always have done. Simultaneously thick and frizzy, or more accurately – wiry. Whatever the desired configuration, it just won’t sit. So mostly I leave it be. The occasional comb, a cut at my local barber’s every two months (always a ‘short back and sides’), that’s it.Continue reading “Hair today”

Horse logic

       What is it about horses? They’re everywhere, it seems. What set it off for me was Paul Muldoon’s latest poetry collection Horse Latitudes. Then came Bat for Lashes’ haunting song ‘Horse and I’, from her Mercury Prize nominated album Fur and Gold. Next, I was hosting a reading in Whitechapel and introducedContinue reading “Horse logic”