John Berger,1926-2017

I was saddened yesterday to learn about the death of John Berger. Having spent some time in the wonderful John Berger Archive at the British Library, I am in the somewhat peculiar (and privileged) position of having read many of Berger’s letters, notebooks and manuscripts from the late twentieth century, and therefore feel that I … More John Berger,1926-2017

Sheffield to Aleppo

My new poem, Sheffield to Aleppo, November 2016, was recently published on Wildcat Dispatches: for Dangerous Times. You can read the poem, along with an important piece on Syria by Mark Boothroyd and Wildcat’s Statement on Aleppo on the Wildcat Dispatches website. This is the poem in full:   Sheffield to Aleppo, November 2016   It’s only … More Sheffield to Aleppo

Wildcat Dispatches: for Dangerous Times

I am excited to announce that the first issue of Wildcat Dispatches: for Dangerous Times is launched today: a small labour of collective love and fury and hopefully the first of many. I am proud to have written an article with Jake Phillips for the first issue. We argue for the importance of acknowledging the links between sexism and racism, particularly in … More Wildcat Dispatches: for Dangerous Times

Reclaim The Day #ReclaimTheNight 2016

I’m proud to be reading at #ReclaimtheNight in Sheffield next Friday (25 Nov). We need this event now more than ever, especially in the dangerous political context in which we are now living. The shocking triumph of Donald Trump last week clearly shows that widespread and popular chauvinism and xenophobia are alive and kicking. Personally speaking, given my own recent … More Reclaim The Day #ReclaimTheNight 2016

Full Moon and Foxglove Anthology

I am excited to see that the latest anthology from the wonderful independent publisher, Three Drops From a Cauldron is now available. Full Moon & Foxglove: An Anthology of Witches and Witchcraft contains over sixty poems and flash fiction pieces, including my new poem “Shard”. The Anthology, edited by Kate Garrett and her brilliant team, explores one of the most … More Full Moon and Foxglove Anthology

Keep up the fight

Trump’s election victory this morning has left many reeling. It is time to grieve, but not time to abandon the fight against injustice, xenophobia racism, misogyny and sexual violence. Over the last 18 months we have grown a powerful community in Sheffield in which people have felt safe enough to come to events to share their … More Keep up the fight