Yarl’s Wood

My poem “Yarl’s Wood” has just been published on the excellent poetry site The Stare’s Nest. The site publishes ‘poems for a more hopeful world’ – something we certainly need at the moment. My poem is a palimpsest translation of Anne Askew’s “The Ballad Which Anne Askew Made and Sang When She Was in Newgate, 1546”.  It draws … More Yarl’s Wood

Cora Greenhill’s ‘Artemis: The People’s Priestess’

  Cora Greenhill’s Artemis: The People’s Priestess pulses with light, heat and movement. Just published by the wonderful Three Drops Press, the collection tells the ‘back story’ of Artemis: her power, sensuality and sexuality. The poems chart Artemis’ growth through a series of dramatic poems, each spoken by a different character. At the heart of the … More Cora Greenhill’s ‘Artemis: The People’s Priestess’

Intersectional feminism, photography and poetry

As part of the Women’s Paths Seminar Series at the University of Leeds, I will be giving an informal talk which will combine my poetry, feminist arts work and thoughts on the urgency of intersectional work in the current political context. The event will take place on Tuesday 4 April from 5.15pm – 6.45pm in the School … More Intersectional feminism, photography and poetry

Verse Matters #SheFest 2017

After an amazing Verse Matters in February (where we had about 100 people in the audience) and another brilliant Hive-Verse Matters young people’s open mic, we are back next Thursday 9 March @ The Moor Theatre Deli for a special event for International Women’s Day 2017. There will be powerful featured performances from Anna Percy (Stirred, Manchester), Carole Eades (Gorilla, Sheffield), Louise Clines (Broomhill Writers, … More Verse Matters #SheFest 2017

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