Hello, and welcome to my website. My poems have appeared in places including Poetry Review, The Guardian, The New Statesman, PoetryLondon 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. My second collection Spacecraft (Penned in the Margins, 2016) 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. It was shortlisted for the Ledbury-Forte prize. I have produced commissioned poems for the BBC, the BritishMuseum and the British Film Institute. My new collection Reckless Paper Birds was published with Penned in the Margins in May 2019. It was shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award.
The Frost Fairs
Reckless Paper Birds
(Published May 2019)
I have written a number of commissioned poems. These include ‘1001 Nights’, 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. Most recently, I was commissioned to write ‘The Zigzag Path’ for the BBC’s celebration of National Poetry Day 2018. It is featured as a video poem on the BBC Arts website. (To view video click here)
Click below to view promotional video for "Reckless Paper Birds"