Thoughts on Wilkinson

I want to understand better what I like about reading John Wilkinson. And as it happens to be in front of me, I’m going to talk about Down to Earth (Salt, 2006). The effect of reading Wilkinson’s poems is disorientating, but they almost always display a syntactic and grammatical logic. My brain does not encourageContinue reading “Thoughts on Wilkinson”

Yeah, f**k you Cowell

Just spotted that my poetry collection has appeared in Salt Publishing’s Top 20. Or rather, that it’s just sneaked in. At No. 20 (or, if you discount the fiction books and anthologies: No. 12!). So go on, treat yourself, or a significant other, at Christmas by purchasing a copy of How To Build A City, which contains poemsContinue reading “Yeah, f**k you Cowell”

The cities we walk through

My copy of the Autumn issue of Poetry London popped through the post today (Post, you say? Oh yeah – ) and lo and behold it contains a review – the first in print – of my book How To Build A City. I’m pretty ecstatic. That horribly talented Luke Kennard was tasked with perusingContinue reading “The cities we walk through”

Cyclone Virtual Tour – Legs IV-V

Yesterday poet and blog-queen Katy Evans-Bush asked me questions for Baroque in Hackney Today I waxed lyrical about sci-fi trilogy The Matrix for Mercy Recommends That’s it. Tour over. Thanks to everyone who made it possible – my agent, my manager, miscellaneous roadies, the big man, &c. &c. Errata The Poet of Sparty Lea is beingContinue reading “Cyclone Virtual Tour – Legs IV-V”

Cyclone Virtual Tour – Legs I-III

On Monday I was interviewed by Julie Palmer-Hoffman (aka The Book Grocer) for On Tuesday poetry blogzine Gists & Piths aired my ‘Statement of Intent’ and a short film Today Michelle McGrane interviews me for Peony Moon It’s all in aid of promoting me book: How To Build A City. It’s available from Salt PublishingContinue reading “Cyclone Virtual Tour – Legs I-III”

The Triple Launch

   My first collection How To Build A City was launched alongside new books from Abi Curtis and Luke Kennard two Saturdays ago, and here is the video evidence. It was a great night, hosted by that charming genius Ross Sutherland – the venue (The Slaughtered Lamb) was absolutely rammed, and consequently pretty hot andContinue reading “The Triple Launch”

How To Build A City – Now Available to Buy

If any of my readers (ha! what a notion) are interested, my debut collection of poetry How To Build A City is now available to buy online from Salt Publishing. You can, presumably, also order it from Amazon, your local bookshop and so on, but in my experience ordering direct from the publisher is best forContinue reading “How To Build A City – Now Available to Buy”

Salt Shaken

Some readers may already have heard that independent poetry press Salt Publishing has been going through some pretty nasty financial difficulties of late. They have started a campaign to save their business, spearheaded by this irreverent YouTube viral. It’s difficult to exaggerate the impact that Salt has made on UK (and to a lesser extent US and Australian)Continue reading “Salt Shaken”

Various Poetastings

I’ve been out and about a fair bit this last week, handing out flyers for London Word Festival of course. A promoter’s job is never done. Firstly, The Poetry Society’s annual lecture at The Bishopsgate Institute on 31st January. This is where I organised London Lip with Iain Sinclair et al. and I’ll be seeingContinue reading “Various Poetastings”