Curriculum Vitae

Collections

My third collection is forthcoming from Seren, June 2020.
The Way the Crocodile Taught Me (Seren, 2016) was chosen as a #FoylesFive for poetry.
The Girl with the Cactus Handshake (Templar Poetry 2009) received an Arts Council writer’s award and was shortlisted for the 2010 London New Poetry award.

Pamphlets

Typhoon Etiquette, a Japanese-themed pamphlet (Verve Poetry Press, April 2019, in its 2nd edition after six weeks).
Hooligans
(Rack Press, 2015).
Charlotte Brontë’s Corset (Brontë Society 2010).
Lunch at the Elephant & Castle won the 2008 Templar Poetry Competition.

Prizes/Awards

2018  Authors’ Foundation Award from Society of Authors.
2017  Arts Council Artists’ International Development award.
2017  Highly commended in Forward Prize for Poetry.
2017  Nominated for Best of the Net Award.
2015  Goldsmiths research award.
2015  Hawthornden Fellow.
2014  Royal Literary Fund award.
2014  Sharpham Trust bursary.
2013  Gladstone’s Library Writer in Residence.
2012  2nd prize in Poetry on the Lake Competition.
2010  Shortlisted for London New Poetry Award.
2009  Shortlisted for Bridport Prize.
2009  Hawthornden Fellowship.
2008  Jerwood-Aldeburgh mentorship. Arts Council England Writing Award 2008/9.
2008  Won Templar Poetry Competition.
2008  Won Ledbury Poetry Festival Text Poem Contest.

Writing Residencies

2018  Leach Pottery Poet in Residence.
2016  Arnolfini Centre for Contemporary Arts Writer in Residence.
2016  Brisons Veor Writer in Residence.
2015  Scilly Islands Residency.
2015 (& 2009)  Hawthornden Castle International Writers’ Retreat.
2013  Gladstone’s Library Residency.
2010  Residency at ARTErra (Portugal).
2010  Residency at Hartlepool Art Gallery.
2009/10  Writer in Residence at the Brontë Parsonage Museum.

Poetry Published

Magazines/websites include:

The TLS
The Poetry Review
The Spectator
Poetry London
Modern Poetry in Translation
The Manhattan Review (forthcoming)
Poetry Ireland Review
The Irish Literary Review
New Welsh Review
Poetry Wales
The Scotsman
Mslexia
Oxford Poetry
The Dark Horse
Compass
Missouri Review
The Rialto
The Reader
The London Magazine
The Compass
Stand
Raceme
Ambit
Magma
The Fenland Reed
Quadrant (Australia)
B O D Y
Kyoto Journal (Japan)
JUNPA (Japan)
Ledbury Poetry Festival website
Poetry Society website
Tate Modern website
Arnolfini website
Turner Contemporary website

Anthologies include:

2018  #MeToo (Fair Acre Press)
2018  Project Boast (Triarchy Press)
2017  The Forward Book of Poetry 
2016  (Forward/Faber)
2016  Hwaet! (Bloodaxe)
2015  All My Important Nothings (Smith Doorstep)
2014  Anthology of Fatherhood (Emma Press)
2011  KJV: Old Text, New Poems, (Wivenbooks)
2011  Goldfish 3: Anthology (Goldsmiths, University of London)
2010  Bodies of Work (Newnham College, Cambridge University)
2010  Poetry Trend – Eine englisch-deutsche Anthologie, Berlin
2009  Asking a Shadow to Dance: 35 Young British Poets for Oxfam (Oxfam)

Mini Memoir

2008  One Life, Six Words (HarperCollins)

Poetry Broadcast

Front Row (BBC Radio 4)
Poetry Please (Radio 4)
Spotlight (BBC TV)
BBC Radio Cornwall
Ledbury Poetry Festival
The Poetry Trust
Poetry Library

Poetry Commissions

BBC for 2018 National Poetry Day.
Goldsmiths
Imperial College
London Museum of Docklands
Turner Contemporary Gallery
William Morris Gallery

 

Poetry Competition Judge

2018  Charles Causley International Poetry Competition
2018  Anne Born Prize
2018  Morrab Library Young Person’s Writing Competition
2014  Ted Hughes Young Poets Competition
2014  Gladstone’s Library Writer in Residence judge
2012  StAnza Festival Slam. Poetry Society’s Members’ Poems, autumn 2012.
2012  Rhyme & Reason Slam judge

Consultancy

I am on the committee of the Society of Authors’ Poetry & Spoken Word Group.
I was a consultant for the 2016 Cornwall Contemporary Poetry Festival.

Artistic Collaborations/Exhibitions

Recent collaborations include: a poetic-visual art project, ‘After an hour’, with artist Tim Ridley, and ‘Elements’ with film-maker Anna Cady. Previous collaborations include: working with cellist Un Suk Chin and the Royal Philarmonic Orchestra (2015).
‘The Argument: Art V Poetry’, a collaboration with the artist, Tim Ridley, was toured and exhibited throughout the UK (2013/14). ‘Charlotte Brontë’s Corset’, my one-woman poetry installation was exhibited at the Brontë Parsonage Museum, Haworth, throughout 2010.

Performed As A Featured Poet

I’ve performed at most of the UK’s leading poetry festivals, including: Ledbury Poetry Festival; Aldeburgh Poetry Festival; Ted Hughes Festival; Brontë Festival of Women’s Writing; StAnza International Poetry Festival; Wenlock Poetry Festival; Cornwall Contemporary Poetry Festival; Verve; Gladfest; Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival; Ways with Words; Kendal Poetry Festival; Hearth; and Poetry on the Lake Festival (Italy)

I’ve also performed at: Arvon Foundation; Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club (London); Wilton’s Music Hall (London); The Bush Theatre (London); Poet in the City (London); London Museum of Docklands; Royal Festival Hall (London); Oxford University; Goldsmiths College (London); First Thursday (Cardiff); YPU University (Japan); Poetry & the Olympics (London).

Poetry Reviewed in:

The TLS
The Poetry Review
Poetry London
Poetry Wales
New Welsh Review
The North
The Dark Horse
The Compass
Stand
Acumen
The Brontë Blog
Eyewear

Translation

I’ve translated Yohanna Jaramillo (Mexican-Spanish); Dakotsu Iida and Yasuaki Inoue (Japanese).
My poetry has been translated into German, Japanese, Romanian and Spanish.

Education

I hold a PhD in creative writing (Goldsmiths, University of London, supervised by Stephen Knight and Blake Morrison). I was a Jerwood-Aldeburgh mentee. MA in creative & life writing (Goldsmiths) and MA in Commonwealth History, Birkbeck, University of London.  

Poetry Tutoring Experience

I was the 2018 Anne Born mentor for the Poetry Society. I’m a tutor at Arvon, Ty Newydd and the Poetry School, and run Poetry Surgeries for the Poetry Society. I’m also a post-doctoral researcher at Goldsmiths. I’ve taught at Goldsmiths, Roehampton, Falmouth University, Exeter University, etc.
I also teach writing at a community level, including Women’s Aid in Cornwall and the ex-offenders ‘Together Women’ project in Bradford, plus various National Poetry Day events. I’ve mentored PhD students, teenagers in London schools, and tutors on teaching in prison.
As a former human rights worker, I’ve run writing workshops for Roma teenagers in Bulgaria and for journalists at the Council of Europe.

Memberships

Poetry Society
Society of Authors
Royal Society of Literature
National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE)
Falmouth Poetry Group
Authors’ Licensing & Collecting Society Ltd (ALCS).

OTHER

I write for The Poetry Review, Modern Poetry in Translation, Mslexia and Magma. I host Penzance Poetry Parlour. I speak Spanish and French, and I’m learning Kernewek (Cornish).