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’ is the Oxford Poetry Library’s Book of the Month for February 2020

Absolutely delighted that the love i do to you is the 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 selected.

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#

the love i do to you




In this genre-bending debut Mariah Whelan tells the love story of ‘He’ and ‘She’. Once lovers and now… something else, in this collection of sonnets the poems roam across the UK, Europe, Japan and South Korea to explore the oldest of lyric subjects – love, desire, friendship and betrayal. By turns painful, playful and sensual these poems explore the bonds that tie lovers and friends together in a collection of startling formal energy and emotional candour.





the love i do to you is now available here and through all good book shops

The admirable achievement of Mariah Whelan’s the love i do to you lies not just in its page-turning fusion of lyrical poetics and dramatic narration, but in the moving power of its steady and intimate candour. Whelan’s transformative sense of scene – ‘your words like trolleys/half-submerged in the river-clay and weeds’ – is never less than compelling, its psychological alertness quietly propulsive from start to finish.

– Jane Draycott, author of THE OCCUPANT (Carcanet)

Mariah Whelan’s first book is a love affair going wrong in three different places, the UK, Japan and Korea: its protagonists only slowly learn about what they are doing to one another, and to themselves, but their sentimental education is grippingly told, its formal achievement as a sonnet sequence understated, and full of incidental pleasures, like the tuna which “wobbles on the blade, gelatinous with fish stink. /  “Eat,” he said, the trails of connective tissue dangling.”

– John Mcauliffe, author of OF ALL PLACES (Gallery Press)