troubadoursI’m reading with Michelle Boisseau, Robert Seatter, Huw Warren & Stuart Silver on Monday 25th May at Coffee House Poetry’s what we should have said… at the Troubadour, 236-237 Old Brompton Road, London SW5.

The event starts at 8pm with readings from the Letterpress Poets, and entry is £7. More details on the Coffee House Poetry website here.

bookshop_frontI’m reading with Helen Mort at The Crown in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, an event organised by The Woodstock Bookshop, on Monday 20th April 2015 at 7pm. Tickets £5 or free to students. Booking is “essential”: contact The Woodstock Bookshop via their website (


Wondrous technology! If you’ve tried to write to me using the Contact Form on this website and haven’t had a reply, it’s highly likely that I didn’t receive your message, I now discover. Re-send if you still feel inclined. It’s all fixed now.

wow_sunday_only_passOn Sunday 8th March 2015, the Southbank Centre is hosting a day-long celebration of Women of the World. I’ll be taking part in a discussion of Emily Dickinson’s life and work at midday, along with Lyndall Gordon, Erica Wagner and Juliette Stevenson. Other events include explorations of women in tech and in sport, ownership of the female body, the sexualisation of black women in popular culture, and female icons from the Classical world. All the details are here:

stwI’ll be onR4′s  Start the Week this coming Monday 26th January at 9am, talking about (dis)organised minds, creativity, the information age, and whatever else comes up. The other guests are neuroscientist Daniel Levitin; conductor and Mozart expert Ian Page; and cognitive scientist Maggie Boden, who will be talking about creative AIs. More info and listen live here.

disinfo cover smallAs well as the London launch of Disinformation on 6th February, I’ll be having a launch in Durham, where I live, on Wednesday 18th February.

There will be a reading in the Chapel at St Chad’s College, North Bailey, at 7.30pm, followed by a drinks reception in the quad.

Entry is free, and there’s no need to book – just turn up on the night!

LRBBI’m holding an event to celebrate the launch of Disinformation at the LRB Bookshop on Friday 6th February. All welcome for a reading and drinks reception, and the chance to browse the lovely shop after hours.

The event will run from 7pm-9pm at the LRB Bookshop, 14 Bury Place, London WC1A 2JL. Nearest tubes are Holborn, Russell Square and Chancery Lane.

Public tickets are free but limited, so if you want to come you need to book ASAP. Click this link for bookings.

I’ll be reading with Denise Riley at Literature Live at Manchester University on Monday 16th February. The event is at the Martin Harris Centre just off Oxford Road, at 6.30pm. All the details are here.


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Poetry Ireland Review‘s Heaney special issue, just out, features fifty essays on individual Heaney poems by poets like Michael Hofmann, John McAuliffe, Ange Mlinko, Paul Batchelor, David Wheatley, Alan Gillis, Jane Yeh, Ciaran Berry and Lavinia Greenlaw.

I’m happy to have written something for it, on “A Basket of Chestnuts”, but mostly just happy the issue exists as a testament and tribute. Much respect to the editor Vona Groarke for putting it all together.

naturesqurrilSo, the aforementioned guest blog post for the Poetry Editor’s Blog is now available to read. It’s called The Red Squirrels at Coole, and concerns, amongst other things, Yeats, Cavafy, the Scottish referendum, and creative independence. The lovely little guy or girl to the right is from the Coole Park website.

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