4 Poems in ‘On Commemoration’

Book Cover Peter Lang

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.

You can find out more about the anthology here:

Two blogs I wrote for TORCH about my experiences in the archives are available here and here.

You can read three other poems from the collection in The Oxonian Review here.

A pamphlet of all the poems I wrote for the residency is forthcoming from Dancing Girl Press (hopefully in 2020, Covid depending!)


Podcast: ‘the love i do to you’ at the Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre

Thanks to the very brilliant Niall Munro, you can listen to me chatting all things verse-novels over at the Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre podcast.

Niall is a wonderful force for good in the Oxford writing community so I was overjoyed to be invited over for a chat.

You can listen to us here: https://www.brookes.ac.uk/poetry-centre/podcasts/episode-13–mariah-whelan-talks-to-niall-munro/

3 Poems up at Iamb Poetry

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.

Check out the poems now here: https://www.iambapoet.com/mariah-whelan

the love i do to you Oxford Poetry Library Book of the Month February 2020

Absolutely delighted that the love i do to you is Oxford Poetry Library’s ‘Book of the Month’ for February.

It means so much to be selected by an organisation that do so much to bring poetry to our city’s community and I’m very, very grateful to have been slected.

Check out all the work OPL are doing and read Phoebe’s review of my book here: https://oxfordpoetrylibrary.wordpress.com/book-of-the-month-archive-2020/


Submissions Call for bath magg

It’s that time of year again! Yes, it’s submission season over at bath magg, the online magazine of new writing I co-run with Joe Carrick-Varty.

We’re on the lookout for new voice, beautiful poems and for me personally, I want to be moved by your writing as much as I’m wowed by your technical prowess.

Submissions will close February 29th, send 3 poems to bathmagg [at] gmail dot com with a brief covering letter and bio.

Don’t forget to check out: http://bathmagg.com/ to get an idea of what we like to publish


Q&A for Emerging Writers 26/02/2020



Sponsored by the Centre for Creative Writing at Kellogg College, The University of Oxford and the professional society Writers in Oxford, on the 26th February 2020 I’ll be hosting another Q&A for Emerging Writers.

This is your opportunity to pose your questions to some of Oxford’s best writers, agents and publishers. For a full list of our experts and to book your free ticket visit our Eventbrite page here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/quick-fire-qa-for-emerging-writers-26th-february-2020-tickets-88254123459#