Writing (and reading) ‘A White Year’

The poems in A White Year form a narrative: a year in the life of a child from the Iron Age lake village at Glastonbury.  Many of the details in these poems are taken from the Glastonbury excavation reports, but the events themselves are of course imagined.  In this article, published on Wales Arts Review, I introduce the pamphlet and discuss some of the challenges in constructing a plausible poetic narrative from archaeological remains.

I will be giving a short reading from A White Year at Ye Olde Murenger House, Newport, on Wednesday 12th July at 7.30pm (a fund-raising evening for Cwtsh arts centre).  All are very welcome.



A few little pieces of news.  First of all, it’s been a pleasure to see my short story ‘The Birthday Guest’ up on the Seren website as story of the month – you can find it here.  I’m also very pleased to have had a poem in the latest issue of Antiphon magazine, which you can download here.  The magazine is free and highly recommended – there are some beautiful poems in there.

Lastly, I’m excited to say that my new pamphlet, A White Year, will be out very soon from Maquette Press.  You can read about it here.  More in due course!

I’ll be in great company on Friday 3rd March, reading with Kathryn Gray and Martha Sprackland at the Trinity United Reform Church in Camden.  Details on the poster below… all very welcome.

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After a long silence on this blog, a little update.  First of all, I’m very happy to have returned to Cardiff!

I’m also pleased to share a few recent publications.  Here is the link to my story ‘Avonside Avenue‘, published on the Litro website, where it can be read in full.  I’m delighted to have a poem – ‘Street Musicians, Athens’ – in the latest issue of ARTEMIS poetry, and have learnt today that my short story ‘Digs’ will appear next year in The Interpreter’s House.  Many thanks indeed to the editors of these magazines.

More, perhaps, to follow in due course.

Many thanks to Jonathan Edwards for a lovely review of The Blue Cell in Poetry Wales.  “… A powerful and refined sequence…”

I feel very privileged to have four new poems in the latest edition of Agenda, along with generous review coverage of both The Blue Cell and Other Harbours.  It’s a stimulating issue, with focus on ‘New generation poets’, and debate around the teaching of creative writing…

I’m delighted to have a short story in the latest issue of New Welsh Review New Welsh Reader.  An extract can be read here …