my (small press) writing day

my small press..

The irrepressible rob mclennan’s activities are so numerous you’ll have to go here to see them all:

He also runs a blog in which writers from all over the world let you into the way they organise their days to try to give themselves the space to write: Claire Trevien, Dimitra Xidous, Adam Hampton, Paul Hawkins, Dara Wier, and dozens more. Today is my turn.


Poetry Birmingham


Like J.D. Salinger, I suspect people of plotting to make me happy. Poetry Birmingham Literary Journal is a new quarterly journal edited by Naush Sabah, Olivia Hodgson & Suna Afshan.

I have two poems in Issue 1, alongside work by @GBClarkson @WordSparks @ABRACKENBURY @PhilipJEMiller @adreamingskin and many more.

You can find out more here: and here: @PoetryBrum Bostin’!

The Lonely Crowd


I am crowned king of this day’s happiness. Issue 11 of The Lonely Crowd is out and features two of my poems, ‘Brand Street’, and ‘Spider in a Glass’. Both poems owe a debt to StAnza: the former given an examination in Gillian Allnutt’s Masterclass in 2018, and the latter hatched in Patience Agbabi’s workshop in 2017. There’s also work by Abegail Morley, Jonathan Edwards, Francesca Rhydderch, and many others. My thanks to guest editor Glyn Edwards, and to editor John Lavin. Diolch!



stand 17(2) cover

I first submitted to STAND in 1992, so I’m delighted (and relieved) to crawl between its covers at last. I have five poems from Men Who Repeat Themselves in Volume 17 (2). This volume features Women’s Writing from Singapore, the winners of the inaugural Bi’an Award for UK-Based Chinese Writers, and a host of poets: Dan O’Brien, Rachel Bower, Jenny Johnson, & many more.


The Cafe Irreal

I am of goodly cheer tonight because I have five poems at The Cafe Irreal, and they are from a brand new long sequence.

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The Cafe Irreal is edited by G.S. Evans and Alice Whittenburg, and it has been online since 1998. It’s a lovely place to sit and dream. And read.


The Moth

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Issue 37 of Ireland’s marvellous literary magazine The Moth has appeared. My poem ‘Men with Tails’ is included, alongside work by Maria Isakova Bennett, Rebecca O’Connor, Niels Hav, and many others. You can read all about the magazine, and subscribe, here.