Wild Persistence, my third collection (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.
Same But Different, with Helen Mort, (Hazel Press, 2021), won the 2022 Saboteur Award for Best Collaboration.
Typhoon Etiquette, a Japanese-themed pamphlet (Verve Poetry Press, 2019).
Hooligans (Rack Press, 2015).
Charlotte Brontë’s Corset (Brontë Society 2010).
Lunch at the Elephant & Castle won the 2008 Templar Poetry Competition.
2022 Winner of Saboteur Award – Best Collaboration for Same But Different.
2022 Royal Literary Fund Award.
2021 Winner of the Keats-Shelley Prize.
2021 Shortlisted for the Alpine Fellowship Writing Prize.
2020 Creative Development Award – Cultivator.
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.
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.
Magazines/websites etc include:
The Poetry Review
Modern Poetry in Translation
The Manhattan Review
Poems on the Underground
Poetry Ireland Review
The Irish Literary Review
New Welsh Review
The Dark Horse
The London Magazine
The Fenland Reed
B O D Y
Kyoto Journal (Japan)
Ledbury Poetry Festival website
Poetry Society website
Tate Modern website
Turner Contemporary website
2021 Resistance: Righteous Rage in the Age of #MeToo (Uni of Regina Press, Canada)
2018 #MeToo (Fair Acre Press)
2018 Project Boast (Triarchy Press)
2017 The Forward Book of Poetry (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)
2021 ‘The Attack’ in Hinterland, No. 7
2008 One Life, Six Words (HarperCollins)
Front Row (BBC Radio 4)
Poetry Please (Radio 4)
Spotlight (BBC TV)
BBC Radio Cornwall
Ledbury Poetry Festival
The Poetry Trust
Love Your Enthusiasm Podcast (US)
Los Angeles Poets Cafe (US)
BBC for National Poetry Day
The Poetry Society
London Museum of Docklands
StAnza International Poetry Festival
Turner Contemporary Gallery
William Morris Gallery
Poetry Competition Judge
2021 Poetry Society Stanza Competition
2020 Poetry Society/Artlyst Poetry Competition judge
2020-2018 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 & Trustee
Chair of the Society of Authors’ Poetry & Spoken Word committee.
Previous consultant for Cornwall Contemporary Poetry Festival.
I am currently collaborating with poet Helen Mort. This has resulted in Same But Different, a joint collection of poems, published by Hazel Press, 2021.
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 Poetry Review
New Welsh Review
The Dark Horse
The Brontë Blog
I’ve translated Yohanna Jaramillo (Mexican-Spanish); Dakotsu Iida and Yasuaki Inoue (Japanese).
My poetry has been translated into German, Japanese, Romanian and Spanish, and I am beginning to translate into/from Kernewek (Cornish).
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’m a tutor at Arvon, Ty Newydd and the Poetry School, and run Poetry Surgeries for the Poetry Society. I also mentor poets, and was the Anne Born Prize mentor 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.
Society of Authors
Royal Society of Literature
National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE)
Falmouth Poetry Group
Authors’ Licensing & Collecting Society Ltd (ALCS).
I write for The Poetry Review, Modern Poetry in Translation, Poetry London, Mslexia and Magma. I host Penzance Poetry Parlour. I speak Spanish and French, and I’m learning Kernewek (Cornish).