June 2017

Saturday 10th June
Mind the Gap: Inscribe Poetry Weekender
Attend Inscribe's residential poetry weekend at the recently renovated Debden House, on the edge of Epping Forest! This is a wonderful opportunity to gather with other writers from around the country, who are your creative peers, to spend an intensive two and a half days on your craft. Our guest tutor SARAH HOWE will offer a workshop thinking about poetry as an art of gaps and implication, where what’s left unspoken is often as powerful as the words themselves. How can we know when we’ve said too much, or not enough? Tuning in to the white space of the page, exercises will offer a chance to think about the force of silences, breaks and turns inside our own poems.
Debden House Conference Centre, Debden Green, Epping Forest IG10 2NZ

May 2017

Two readings

Tuesday 23rd May 2017
CB1 Poetry
Reading with Jodie Hollander in Cambridge
CB2 Bistro Cafe, 5-7 Norfolk St, Cambridge CB1 2LD
£5/4, 7.30pm

Thursday 4th May 2017
Bath Spa Poetry Reading Series
Come to hear Sarah Howe read from her award-winning collection
Burdall's Yard, 7A Anglo Terrace, Bath BA1 5NH
Free, 8pm

April 2017

Poetic Radio Play for BBC

My short verse drama, Telemachus, aired on BBC Radio 4 on Wednesday 26th April. Catch it on BBC iPlayer for the next month. Telemachus was commissioned as part of The Odyssey Project: My Name is Nobody, a series of ten responses to Homer's epic by poets from migrant and immigrant backgrounds, including Mona Arshi, Karen McCarthy Woolf, Inua Ellams, Zaffar Kunial and Daljit Nagra.

In China today many children are left in rural villages with grandparents while their parents work vast distances away in the coastal cities. Odysseus, similarly, abandons his son Telemachus and goes to war. In my response to Homer, Telemachus is a Chinese girl left in the countryside. She wants to leave, but for reasons more complicated than to look for her father.