Over the moon to announce I’ve been selected as the Jacqueline Bardsley Poet-in-Residence at Homerton College, The University of Cambridge.
Over the coming year I will be creating new work for and with the college community, teaching and generally working to put poetry at the heart of college life.
The position has been generously funded by Dr Norman Bardsley in memory of his wife Jacqueline. Jacqueline was a huge proponent of the power of poetry and it’s an honour to take up the position in her memory.
Having spent the past few months working on the proofs (honestly … working in concrete media has required a lot of learning about Photoshop and image resolution!), I’m delighted to announce I have 4 poems and critical introductions in this important anthology published by Peter Lang.
The brainchild of Catherine Gilbert, Kate McLoughlin and Niall Munro, On Commemoration asks how, in the twenty first century, can we do commemoration better? How can commemoration contribute to post-war reconciliation and reconstruction?
My four poems were written in the archives of the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford. They use experimental and interdisciplinary methods to think about colonial archives, white supremacy and writing. They explore how whiteness in these archives and indeed, in my own writing, has often become coded as ‘default’ or ‘neutral’ and the consequences of this poise of ‘neutrality’ for history and identity.
The longlist for the ‘Art to Poetry Award’ co-sponsored by Artlyst and the Poetry Society has just been announced and I’m delighted my poem ‘The Piano’ has made it. Excited to see the results at the end of the summer:
I was absolutely floored when the wonderful Mark Antony Owen recently invited me to take part in ‘iamb’. Part-quarterly journal, part directory of poets, iamb features new poetry and live readings from UK-based and international artists.
It was wonderful to be invited and I was blown away by both the beautiful site and Mark’s skill with audio.