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My poem 'Home from Greece' was published on The London Magazine's website on 23 May. 'Chevening', from my sequence of the same name, is forthcoming in the magazine's Aug/Sept issue.

The poem 'The Big Guns' from my 'East of Ipswich' sequence is forthcoming in The Spectator. Four poems from the sequence ('In God's Prevenient Grace', 'Elysium', 'Tournai' and 'Wilf') were published in Ambit 221, Summer 2015.

My poem 'Scotland 12 Ireland 8' was published in Oxford Poetry XVI.i, Winter 2015/16.

'Matilda Tennyson Recalls Encountering Arthur Hallam's Ghost' was published in the November 2015 issue of the Tennyson Research Bulletin, and 'The Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders' in The Next Review Vol. 3, No. 4, Feb/March 2016.

My review of Andrew McMillan's Physical appeared in the TLS, No. 5880, December 11 2015. My review of Philip Gross's Love Songs of Carbon is forthcoming in the same newspaper.

My review of AWOL by John Fuller and Andrew Wynn Owen appeared in The Next Review, Vol. 3, No. 4, February/March 2016. My review of Jamie McKendrick's Selected Poems is forthcoming in the same magazine.

A profile I wrote of James Brookes for Wild Court is online here; my report on Wild Court's launch event is online at Booksmoke here. My review of Bernard O'Donoghue's Seasons of Cullen Church is forthcoming on the Wild Court website. Finally, my Ambit review of Andrew Motion's Peace Talks is online here.

Mick Imlah: Selected Prose, edited by me and André Naffis-Sahely and published by Peter Lang, was launched on 22 September at University College London.

The volume has thus far been reviewed by the Times Literary Supplement (No. 5890, February 19 2016), the Scottish Review of Books, Ambit, by Bernard O'Donoghue in Oxford Poetry (XV.III, Summer 2015), by Seamus Perry in the Tennyson Research Bulletin (Vol. 10, No. 4, November 2015), and The Next Review (Vol. 3, No. 1).

A piece André and I wrote about Imlah and the book is up on the Faber & Faber website, and extracts of the book are available on the Scottish Poetry Library and Wild Court websites.

A podcast of me discussing the book with The Next Review's editor, Patrick Davidson Roberts, is available here. The Selected Prose was LRB Bookshop Book of the Day on 2 October.

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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 Times Literary Supplement
No.5433, May 18 2007

By the side door her van is parked
and bales lie side-by-side in the lane.
Was she here whilst I was showering,
lining yelm with her muff ligger?
Is it a good idea to call up
while she busies with her withy rod?

At elevenses, she comes down
for a builder's tea and a sandwich.
She stands against the ladder
scratching her gnat-bitten back,
stretching knees sore from the biddle,
braces unshouldered round her waist.

Seeing me in the window she waves.
I wave back, pretend to be busy.
Maybe she'll catch her forefinger
with the spragger and need me
to carry out first aid, play doctor.
But she's done this hundreds of times.

Her fulfilment is no empty cliche
about A Woman In A Man's World.
It's something I inhabit, a warm dry
that keeps me snug in the backroom
when I'm at my desk quoting a line
by Mao: Women hold up half the sky.

[Lady Thatcher]