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My debut pamphlet was published as part of Clutag's 'Five Poems' series in May. It is available to buy on Clutag's website here.

Poem 'When That Which is Perfect is Come', from my 'East of Ipswich' sequence, was published in the 24 March 2018 issue of The Spectator. 'The Big Guns', from the same sequence, was published in The Spectator of 22 October 2016. Four poems from the sequence ('In God's Prevenient Grace', 'Elysium', 'Tournai' and 'Wilf') were published in Ambit 221, Summer 2015. 'The Daylight', also from the sequence, is forthcoming in Ambit 233.

Caught by the River have been kind enough to publish my poems 'The Firecrests' and 'Shadows on the Barley' on their website, here and here. A travel piece I wrote for Caught by the River, on WS Graham and Cornwall, is here.

My review of Kayo Chingonyi's Kumukanda appeared in the TLS, No. 5989, January 12 2018, my review of Rory Waterman's Sarajevo Roses in No. 6002, April 13 2018, and my review of Claudine Toutoungi's Smoothie is forthcoming.



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Days of Roses

The anthology, featuring five of my poems and the poems of others from the regular reading event, is now available to buy.

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This poem appeared in The Dark Horse 27,
Summer / Autumn 2011


Sunlight makes the beech hedge glow,
so too the bulbous, pink tulips below
the kitchen window at which we
spread apricot jam from a shining jar
onto buttered brown toast. The kitchen is host
to May light, spick and span on spoon and pan.
I try the tea. It is hot but sugarless,
unsatisfactory, and I recall
my grandfather's refrain down the hall
if his was unsweetened by sugar
or, in later years, Splenda -
you did not have to be in the same room
to see him eyeing his cup with a feigned frown -
'Has the sugar boat gone down?'

[Splendour]