On Thursday night, I read at an awards evening for The Preston Guild. I won the Jackie Hayes award for my poem Dancers, Avenham.

It was a lovely evening, with a reading from Michael Symmons Roberts with a particularly moving sequence he wrote as a commission one year on from 9/11. I even got a shiny silver trophy, which I am most proud of.

I was also thrilled to find out I won The Cinnamon Press mini competition. You can read my piece Summer Decay here.

There’s a brilliant new resource for readers and writers alike, at I don’t call myself a poet…The poet Sophie Mayer began the project at the University of Middlesex in Spring 2012 and was inspired by Angela Rawlings’ The Great Canadian Writers’ Craft. Students were each assigned to interview a poet and originally produced 68 interviews with poets such as fellow Penned in the Margins authors Emily Critchley, Siddhartha Bose, Roddy Lumsden, Chris McCabe, Hannah Silva and Ross Sutherland. I was interviewed by Laura Hackshaw. I find interviews a very daunting experience, and I almost can’t stand to read my answers back. But reading others’ interviews is always inspiring.