Back in January I had two poems published in The Cluny MCR. I am very happy that they have just published two more of my poems, in the new Glad & Sorry Issue. I attended the launch in Manchester - it was a great night.
I hope you enjoy "Salamanca" and "Peaches", inspired by my travels in Spain and France respectively.
I am very happy to have two poems, "Orbits" and "Gold", in the latest issue of Sincerely Magazine. Sincerely is always a beautiful publication, combining word and image incredibly well. You can buy Volume 5 as an eBook or a paperback.
Issue 48 of Now Then Manchester is out now. For this month's Word Life I decided to celebrate flash fiction, with four very different pieces of writing from Glen Sorestad, Maria Sledmere, AM Roselli and Ray Busler.
I am back from my year in France and Spain and am getting stuck into my Masters. It is lovely being back in Manchester - I can review local gigs for The Mancunion and be a Digital Reporter for Manchester Literature Festival. I have also been involved in some creative projects around the city and with The Writing Squad.
It has also been good to see some projects I have edited for coming to fruition, such as The Rebirth Issue of Miracle Magazine, for which I was Head Poetry Editor. September's Word Life had the theme of "Family"; October's, the theme of "Memories".
Finally, I took part in a writing residency in Northumberland, as part of my prize for being announced as a New North Poet in the Northern Writers' Awards. It was a great weekend and the countryside was truly beautiful. I enjoyed getting to know the other four winning poets.
So, I had a productive two months. Here's to a fun, creative winter.
You may remember that I reviewed Roddy Doyle at Manchester Literature Festival back in 2013. This year I was once again a Digital Reporter for the Festival, and was lucky enough to attend and review Roddy's event for the Festival's Chapter & Verse Blog.
Photo: Wikimedia Commons. From The Mancunion's website
You may remember that I reviewed Gabrielle Aplin for The Mancunion a couple of years ago. I was very happy to have the opportunity to see her again, this time in the unique setting of Manchester Cathedral and with South Shields singer Sonny as support.