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Please give me your heart to hold: winning poems from the 2019 Winchester poetry prize
HERON When you left he came. On water and air, at a distance still and silent, alone telling me bit by bit how it would be – the hurt like water rippling – different every day but the same shapes and colour in the blue flow of me to you. He raises his head high, … Continue reading "Please give me your heart to hold: winning poems from the 2019 Winchester poetry prize"

Poems for the NHS 2018 Onslaught Press
Great to be included in this wonderful anthology.

Shortlisted for the Robert Graves Poetry Prize 2018
Very pleased to be shortlisted for the Robert Graves Poetry Prize 2018, judged by literary agent Peter Straus and David Harsent.

2018 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine

My entry has been "Commended"

MY DAD WAS A DOCTOR

When he got poorly, I didn’t know he was dying.
My dad never ailed, he was nearly a giant.

I found him in a grey room. He was carved of wood,
sunken and hollow, lined in deep whorls.

He looked up and tried to smile,
but it was too hard. ... Continue reading 2018 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine"

Launch of ‘Poems for Grenfell Tower’
Poems for Grenfell Tower was published on 30 March 2018 by The Onslaught Press. The book includes well-known poets like George Szirtes, Michael Rosen, Medbh McGuckian, and Anne Stevenson. Others have links with the Grenfell community, such as the former head of the local nursery school, an Ethiopian exile who lost many of his neighbours … Continue reading "Launch of ‘Poems for Grenfell Tower’"