Hello, and welcome to my website. My poems have appeared in places including Poetry Review, London Magazine, The Guardian, Poetry London and Best British Poetry. My first collection The Frost Fairs (Salt, 2011) won the Polari First Book Prize. It was a Book of the Year for The Independent and The Poetry School, and a summer read for The Observer. I have produced commissioned poems for both The British Museum and The British Film Institute. My second collection Spacecraft is out now and published by Penned in the Margins. It was named one of The Guardian's Best Books for Summer 2016, and was a Book of the Year for both Sabotage Reviews Critic's Choice and the London Review bookshop.



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Commissioned Work

I have written a number of commissioned poems. These include ‘1001 Nights’, composed for an event at the British Film Institute that celebrated works including Pasolini’s adaptation, The Flower of One Thousand and One Nights. My poem 'Antinous' was written for the British Museum, and was inspired by the bust of Hadrian's lover on display there.
I am involved in a collaboration with the composer Ricky Horscraft and the Actually Gay Men's Chorus called Seven Doors of Danny. This has seen me write the lyrics to seven songs that tell the story of a queer burglar from birth to death.

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