‘the love i do to you’ longlisted for the Poetry Book Awards

I’ve just received news that the love i do to you has been longlisted for the Poetry Book Awards 2020.

The award is an annual, international book award given to the best poetry books produced by indie writers, self-published authors or books published by small presses.

I’m over the moon to have the book longlisted for the award and look forward to reading the other books from the longlist.

You can check out the other titles on the longlist here or buy the love i do to you here.

Jacqueline Bardsley Poet-in-Residence at Homerton College, The University of Cambridge

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.

For the full press release click here: https://www.homerton.cam.ac.uk/news/Mariah%20Whelan%20joins%20Homerton%20as%20first%20ever%20Poet-in-Residence

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