The National Association for Writers in Education 2017 Conference

Very excited to be giving a paper on my research at the NAWE Conference 2017 in York in November. I’ll be speaking about the difficulties of working with a family archive and exploring Maggie Nelson’s Jane: a Murder to posit possible lyric solutions.

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‘Business Class’ Poetry Awards 2017

Fantastic event this week announcing the winners and doing a Q&A with pupils from Whalley Range School and Levenshulme High School. We were thrilled to receive so many fantastic entries and it was a real challenge to pick a winner. Many congratulations to all those who took part!

Oxford Writers’ House

Delighted to announce I will be joining the team at Oxford Writers’s House as Director for the 2017-2018 academic year. Now in their third year of operations, OWH play a key role in the Oxford literary scene connecting world-class writers with the local community. I’m especially proud to have been involved with the inaugural Peregrine Prize, a competition for young writers based in Oxfordshire and look forward to the awards ceremony at Rhodes House on Saturday 15th July.

The John Rylands Research Institute 2017 Conference: Archival Afterlives – Postwar Poetry in English

On Thursday 29th June I will be presenting a paper based on my latest poetry project at the John Rylands Research Institute’s 2017 conference ‘Archival Afterlives: Postwar Poetry in English’. I will be speaking about the problems facing a writer when engaging with a family archive, conflict between narrative and lyric modes and using archive as a poetic form as a possible solution.