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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.


Very happy indeed to have a poem in the October 2014 issue of POETRY magazine. It’s called “Trimmings”, and you can read it here.

Less convinced by the “UK poets” context: for more on that, you’ll have to read the guest post I’ve written for the Editor’s Blog, coming up in the next few days.

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Delighted to announce that my second collection of poems, Disinformation, will be published by Picador on 12th February 2015. Here it is, listed on Blackwell’s.

The beautiful cover image is by Wayne Sleeth. You can see more of his work on his own website, here: http://www.waynesleeth.com/

I’ll be doing a couple of launch readings in February. More details anon.

Writers’ Centre Norwich have invited me down to teach a weekend poetry workshop, The Figures Poems Make, on Saturday 29th November 2014. We’ll be looking particularly at poetic structure, using Frost as a starting point and then roaming elsewhere, and there will be chance to discuss your poems in progress with the group. All the details are on the Writers’ Centre website.

I have a new entry on the rather brilliant resource that is the Poetry Archive. You can hear readings of “A Shrunken Head”, and two poems from Public Dream: “Humbles” and “Scandinavia”. Listen here: http://www.poetryarchive.org/poet/frances-leviston And once you’re over there, have a listen to some other poets too, like Elizabeth Bishop, Gwendolyn Brooks, Basil Bunting, Adrienne Rich, Denise Riley and many many others.


I will be around at, helping out with, and generally enjoying the Derek Mahon conference at Durham University on 18-19 September 2014, for which a Call for Papers has just been released. Full-time academics, postgraduate researchers and independent scholars all welcome: full details here.

I’ll be teaching a poetry workshop at the very beautiful Portico Library in Manchester on Saturday 7th December 2013 from 10am-3pm (lunch included). Poets of all abilities are welcome to join us, and full details can be found here: https://porticopoetry.eventbrite.co.uk/?ref=ecal.

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