Monday, December 28, 2009

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Great Works

Pleased to be in the November issue of Great Works a journal I have been an avid reader of for years. In good company here, with appearances from amongst others, Tony Cullen, Cliff Yates and Mike Egan. All good. My poems are here, the site is here. Thanks to Peter.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Robert Sheppard at Source, Ormskirk celebrating the end of a month of celebrations of "Going Public" 10 years of Poetry and Poetics at Edge Hill

Music of 2009

It's been another (suprisingly) good year for music for me, anyway. In no particular order (aside from the first in the list) this is my list of albums/singles/tracks/downloads/whatever of 2009

Jay Z and Bridget Kelly - New York State of Mind (Live on Jools Holland's Later, BBC TV)
Fuck Buttons - Tarot Sport (ATP Recordings album)
A Camp - Colonia (Reveal Records album)
Manic Street Preachers - Journal of Plague Lovers (Sony album)
Tim Friese Greene - 10 Sketches for Piano (LTM Recordings album)
James Blackshaw - The Glass Bead Game (Young God Records album)
Sonic Youth - The Eternal (Matador Records album)
Moby - Wait for Me (Little Idiot album)
Epic 45 - In all the Empty Houses (Make Mine Music EP)
Prefab Sprout - Let's Change the World with Music (Kitchenware album)
The XX - XX (Young Turks album)
The Antlers - Hospice (French Kiss album)
Brett Anderson - Slow Attack (Drowned in Sound album)
Saint Etienne - Sound of Water (Sony/Heavenly Reissue album)
Portal - Options (Make Mine Music EP and free download)
This list is subject to change at this late hour...

Sunday, December 20, 2009


in the North West for a few weeks. Time to catch up with mail, submissions for erbacce, Puma Perl's forthcoming erbacce-press full length collection, writing poems, uploading photos of my travels to Flickr , working with talent that is Lara Konesky on the forthcoming erbacce-press chapbook anthology Blood at the Chelsea, resting, going back from the North West to London to see my sister and niece, sleeping, not sneezing, drinking, friends, trying to rescue my old knackered laptop and all the data still on the hard drive, compiling my music of the year list, all the usual stuff that comes with Christmas. Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays to all who read this

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Review of The Metaphysics of a Vegetarian Supper

Thanks to Lara for the review.

The Metaphysics of a Vegetarian Supper

Pleased to announce that my new e-chapbook has been released by the brilliant Differentia Press. Many many thanks to Felino Soriano for his hard work and sterling editing.
The book is here to download.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

New review at The Chapbook Review

A new review of And the Weary are at Rest has appeared at The Chapbook Review. If you haven't bought a copy I suggest you support the brilliant work that David at Sunnyoutside is doing. Buy it. Thanks.

Reading at Edge Hill University 11 November 2009

Great reading by Cliff Yates last night in the Rose Theatre. Good crowd and atmosphere. Support readings by Scott Thurston, Dee McMahon, Mike Egan, Robert Sheppard and Dan Pantano were excellent. Couldn't comment on my own reading, obviously!
Photos are up at Flickr.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Reading at Edge Hill University 11 November 2009

The final public event of "Going Public" the tenth anniversary celebrations of the Edge Hill University Poetry and Poetics Research Group is being held at the University tomorrow: a reading by Cliff Yates who is launching his new collection of poems, Frank Freeman's Dancing School. The support/warm up will be members of the group, including yours truly.Tickets are £3.50 and the reading takes place at the University's Rose Theatre.

Monday, November 02, 2009

Poetics at Edge Hill University

Final open poetics meeting at Edge Hill University this Thursday, the 5th November. The two speakers are Daniele Pantano and Micheal Egan. This will be good. Education Block, Room E21 FREE.

Poems published at escarp and Media Virus

Pleased to say that poems have been published in escarp and Media Virus. Thanks to "We" and Lawrence.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Blood at the Chelsea

Blood at the Chelsea: Poems by Writers to Writers

edited by Lara Konesky and Andrew Taylor

erbacce-press 2010

40 page chapbook anthology

Submission details: send up to 6 poems to and mark submissions CHELSEA. Send your best and kinkiest.

All contributors will receive a copy

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Poetics at Edge Hill University

Robert Sheppard writes about mine and Cliff Yates' talks on poetics and poetry readings here.

Poems published at Thirteen Myna Birds

Two poems, 'Red Jazz' and 'Tang of Leaves' published at the amazing Thirteen Myna Birds. Thanks to Juliet Cook.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Cliff Yates and me at Edge Hill University, 15th October 2009. Photo by Scott Thurston.

Poems published!

Pleased to say that poems have appeared at the following fine publications: Tin Foil Dresses and The Bicycle Review. Thanks to Heather Schmidt and J de Salvo.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Gloom Cupboard # 108

Poem up at Gloom Cupboard # 108. Thanks to Dorla.

Going Public

This week sees the first in a series of events to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Edge Hill Poetry and Poetics Research Group.
The series of open events, which are all free, will be in the Education Block at the university. Time: 6.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.

8th October, Scott Thurston - discusses his book 'Internal Rhyme', due next year from Shearsman

15th October, Cliff Yates - discusses his poetics; Andrew Taylor discusses 'A Poetic of Absence Part II' and the continuance and reflection upon 'A Poetics of Absence' which appears in the Salt Anthology, Troubles Swapped for Something Fresh. Scott Thurston, Robert Sheppard, Cliff Yates and Andrew Taylor all appear in this exciting and essential anthology.

29th October, Dee McMahon - 'Stories of the Line - Provocation, Process and Product'; Robert Sheppard - 'Fictional Poems and Fictional Poetics: the double oeuvre of Rene Van Valckenborch'

5th November, Michael Egan; TBA; Daniele Pantano - 'Living in Translation: A Discussion of Exile, Translingualism, and writing your way home'

11th November, Reading at the Rose Theatre, Edge Hill University, 7.30 p.m. £3.50 all tickets
Cliff Yates will be launching his new Salt collection 'Frank Freeman's Dancing School'
Support: members of the Edge Hill University Poetry and Poetics Research Group.

Official Anniversary Celebration Journals:
Pages, and a special edition of erbacce will be available at all events.

Monday, October 05, 2009

This Week at Edge Hill University


in the Education Block room E21.

This week's event: Thursday 8th October

Scott Thurston discusses his book Internal Rhyme due next year from Shearsman Books.

More info here.

[L-R Angela Keaton, Andrew Taylor, Dee McMahon. Front: Matt Fallaize, Cliff Yates, Robert Sheppard. Photo taken at Edge Hill University, TV studio by Peter Griffiths]

Friday, September 25, 2009

London: Poetry at the Betsey Trotwood

Heading to London on the 7.48 train from Liverpool to arrive at 10.20 or so, hotel to drop bags and then up to the Bestey Trotwood to the Grievous Jones Press launch. Will miss the readings but will be great to finally meet David and Melissa and remarkably, Lara. Should be a good evening. If any of you are in London, then go there.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Poem at the Rusty Truck and introduction at Pages

Proud to have a poem up at the excellent Rusty Truck. The poem is here. Thanks Scot.
Also have appeared in Pages, Robert Sheppard's important blog, as part of the tenth anniversary celebrations of the Edge Hill University Poetry and Poetics Research Group. The page is here. Thanks Robert.

Monday, September 14, 2009


Had an excellent day in Lancashire on Saturday visiting the four panopticans in Burnley, Blackburn, Pendle and Rossendale. Photos are here and if you should be near these places on the M65, go.
More info.

Monday, September 07, 2009

New poem published at Flutter

New poem published at Flutter. Thanks to Sandy. The poem is here.

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Review of Make Some Noise at Grievous Jones Review

A fair and honest review at the fair and honest Grievous Jones Review. Thanks to David.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

New poem at Deuce Coupe

A new poem has been published at Deuce Coupe. Thanks to Scot Young.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Current listening and reading

Epic 45's magical and to me very apy new E.P. In All the Empty Houses was waiting for my attention when I came back from London. It is truly amazing. More info here and how to buy it which you should do.

Reading Alan Britt's great collection Vegetable Love which came in the post recently. Also after my recent frequent trips to London, am reading Norman Collins' epic London Belongs to Me.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

New poems published at The Red Ceilings

Excellent site The Red Ceilings has published two recent poems of mine. Thanks to Mark for taking them.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

New publication

I'm pleased to announce that Sam Smith's excellent press Original Plus has published a new chapbook of mine, Make Some Noise. Go buy it and support the small press, you can buy using paypal!

Sunday, August 02, 2009

erbacce press

Two fantastic chapbooks forthcoming from two giants of American poetry- AD Winans and Duane Locke. Excited about these as they are amongst the finest books that we have published.

More information to follow.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Five poems over at New Aesthetic

Pleased to say that I'm a featured poet at New Aesthetic. The poems are here. Do visit this superb site.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Two forthcoming publications

I'm really excited to announce two new publications. First up, is a chapbook to be published by Original Plus, called Make Some Noise. The second will be an e-chapbook published (and downloadable) by Differentia Press, called The Metaphysics of a Vegetarian Supper. More information here when available.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Concrete Meat Sheet # 13

Poem published at Concrete Meat Sheet # 13 alongside the brilliant A.D. Winans and others including Hugh Fox and Charles P Ries.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

NEW erbacce-press titles

Pleased to announce the latest erbacce-press titles. They say good things come in threes and they do:

Joseph Lisowski - Stashu Kapinski Looks for Love

Sam Smith's second chapbook for erbacce-press - An Atheist's Alphabethical Approach to Death

and last but not least:

Duane Locke - Voices from a Grave

Sam Smith and Duane Locke were runners-up in the 2009 erbacce-press FREE poetry competition. Another runner-up was A.D. Winans, whose chapbook we hope to release before too long.

Support the small presses of the world.


Current listening

Drums and Guns - Low

I Killed the Zeitgeist - Nicky Wire

Untitled # 23 - The Church

On the Leyline - Ocean Colour Scene

Wait for Me - Moby

Best of the Rykodisc Years - Josh Rouse

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Troubles Swapped for Something Fresh

Pleased that Troubles Swapped for Something Fresh ed. by Rupert Loydell, has been published by Salt. This is a fascinating collection of poetics from writers such as Robert Sheppard, Cliff Yates, Ira Lightman and me. Further details are here.

Help Salt. Buy this.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

New chapbook and the erbacce-press prize

Working towards a new chapbook to be published by Original Plus. Really excited about this. The poems stem from my residency at Liverpool Architecture and Design Trust (LADT) that ran from 2000-2003. More details to follow.

In other news, the prizewinners for the 2009 erbacce-press prize have been announced:

The winner is Puma Perl, a very popular choice with the judges.


AD Winans
Sam Smith
Duane Locke

Puma will have a 128 page collection out in 2o10. A.D., Sam and Duane will have chapbooks forthcoming. Sam's is at press at the moment.

Many thanks to those who took part and maybe the erbacce-prize will become an annual event.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Two in Leaf Garden

Really pleased to have two poems up at Leaf Garden # 2. This newish journal is publishing some excellent writers and is finding a good style for itself. I'm pleased to be onboard. The issue is here.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Two in The Houston Literary Review

Pleased to have two poems in the June edition of The Houston Literary Review. The issue is here as a downloadable PDF.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Luciole Press

I sent some poems to the excellent Luciole Press site a few months back, and was pleased to find that they had been accepted for their Spring/Summer 09 issue. The poems are here.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Haiku Scotland # 20

Pleased to say that eight of my englyns, and a piece about this form extracted from my PhD thesis, appear in the latest issue of Haiku Scotland. More can be read about this great magazine here.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Twitter Poems

Taking inspiration from Joe Moran's Motorway Tweets, I have had a go at a few in the past few days. They are here but are pasted below also:

Watford Gap grass verge through coffee steam, reassurance of traffic noise, knowing we are an hour away - the beauty of the service station

M6 Stafford Services North twilight mirrored reflection a hint of neon cold walk through car-park for supplies and hot coffee

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Callused Hands # 2

Pleased to have a poem published at the excellent new e-zine Callused Hands.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Try and help


As many of you will know, Jen and I have been struggling to keep Salt moving since June last year when the economic downturn began to affect our press. Our three year funding ends this year: we’ve £4,000 due from Arts Council England in a final payment, but cannot apply through Grants for the Arts for further funding for Salt’s operations. Spring sales were down nearly 80% on the previous year, and despite April’s much improved trading, the past twelve months has left us with a budget deficit of over £55,000. It’s proving to be a very big hole and we’re having to take some drastic measures to save our business.
Here’s how you can help us to save Salt and all our work with hundreds of authors around the world.


1. Please buy just one book, right now. We don’t mind from where, you can buy it from us or from Amazon, your local shop or megastore, online or offline. If you buy just one book now, you’ll help to save Salt. Timing is absolutely everything here. We need cash now to stay afloat. If you love literature, help keep it alive. All it takes is just one book sale. Go to our online store and help us keep going.

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I bought a book - Peter Hughes's Blueroads

Michael Murphy RIP

Sad to hear the news of the passing of Michael Murphy. Condolences to Deryn and their two children. Obituary here and more here. Rest in Peace.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Poems published at Sunk Island Review

Extremely pleased to be published over at Sunk Island Review. The poems are here. Thanks to editor Michael Blackburn.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Monday, May 11, 2009

Three poems up over at Gists and Piths

Pleased to have three poems published over at the excellent Gists and Piths. The poems are here.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Edge Hill University Poetry and Poetics Research Group


This year is the tenth anniversary of the Edge Hill University Poetry and Poetics Research Group (PPRG). There are plans for a series of events to mark this occasion during autumn 2009.

There are three founder members still active in the group – Robert Sheppard, Cliff Yates and myself. Cliff has a book forthcoming from Salt, Frank Freeman’s Dancing School, which will be launched at the Rose Theatre on Wednesday 11th November. The support will come from other members of the PPRG.

There will be a series of ‘open meetings’ where members of the group will discuss their poetics. A former member of the group, Scott Thurston, will also hold an open meeting.

Robert Sheppard’s Pages will be featuring work from members past and present. There will also be a special edition of erbacce (eds. Alan Corkish and Andrew Taylor) featuring members and former members, alongside an interview with Robert Sheppard in his capacity as chairman of the group.

There will also be an event to mark the publication of Troubles Swapped for Something Fresh: Manifestos and Unmanifestos, ed. Rupert Loydell, (Salt) which features poetics by Robert Sheppard, Cliff Yates, Scott Thurston and myself alongside others such as Jackson Mac Low, Sheila E Murphy, Ira Lightman and Geoff Stevens.

Edge Hill Poetry and Poetics Research Group members past and present include: Robert Sheppard, Cliff Yates, Andrew Taylor, Scott Thurston, Neil Addison, Dee McMahon, Matt Fallaize, Daniele Pantano, Steve Van Hagen, Michael Egan, Colin Harris, Patricia Farrell, Angela Keaton and Alice Lenkiewicz.

Further details and dates, venues etc will be posted here and at Pages.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

new erbacce-press review

Nice to see a review of a recent erbacce-press title by Wayne Mason at Full of Crow.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Stefan Brecht RIP

Sad to hear the news that Stefan Brecht has died. Read more here.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Willows Wept Review Spring 2009

Today I am as pleased as yesterday when I realised that editor Molly Gaudry had published one of my poems over at Willows Wept Review. I sent Molly some poems for submission to the Spring 2009 edition and am pleased to say that she has published three poems. The Spring 2009 edition is here.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Willows Wept Review

A poem has appeared in the Winter edition of the superb Willows Wept Review. The site is here and the poem here.

Monday, April 06, 2009

Calliope Nerve #18

I'm proud to have five poems in the forthcoming issue of Calliope Nerve. You can read more about the magazine here.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Current listening

Doves - Kingdom of Rust
Starsailor - All the Plans
Spiritualized - Pure Phase
Slowdive - I saw the Sun (unreleased)
The Durutti Column - Love in the Time of Recession
Neil Halstead - Oh! Mighty Engine

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Poems at Full of Crow

Pleased to have two poems published at the recently established Full of Crow. This quality publication is edited by Lynn Alexander and Aleathia Drehmer. The site is here and the poems here and here.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Monday, March 09, 2009

Poem in Gloom Cupboard

Poem published in Gloom Cupboard (print) Details here

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Willows Wept Review

I am proud to have a poem published in the Winter 2009 edition of the excellent Willows Wept Review . The poem is here.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Gutter Eloquence # 2

Proud as punch to be in fantastic companyover at # 2 of the fantastic Gutter Eloquence, edited by the talented Jack T Marlow. The poem is here.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Side of Grits #2

Really pleased to be in great company over at Side of Grits # 2.

Thursday, February 12, 2009


I'm pleased to announce that I am reading as support to Chris McCabe at a reading at Edge Hill University's Rose Theatre on Thursday, 26th February. Time: 7.30 p.m. £3.50 all.

Monday, February 09, 2009

Three poems published at Counterexample Poetics

I'm pleased that three poems have been accepted and published at the newly established (and brilliant) Counterexample Poetics, edited by Felino Soriano.

new poem published in Octothorp # 1

From the brilliant Sunnyoutside Press comes Octothorpe # 1 and it has a poem in it from me amongst other Sunnyoutside authors.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Poem in the Pussy!

Proud as punch to be published in Misti Rainwater-Lites's superb Instant Pussy Disco. Again, I'm in superb company.

Monday, February 02, 2009

Otoliths # 12

Very pleased to have work in the fine Australian journal Otoliths # 12.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Poetry published

Very pleased to have been published in #15 of Neon Highway, The Thin Edge of the Staring and The Exhuberant Ashtray. I'm in great company.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Poetry Reading

Neon Highway Poetry Magazine
Edited by Alice Lenkiewicz


A performance of poems, writings and musicwill take place at Tate Liverpool as part of the 5th Floor Project, International Festival Ideas Taking Space.

Poems, music and writings will be based around the Credit Crunch as well as the Wall Street Crash of 1929.
Come along and enjoy this experimental performance at Tate Liverpool on the Fourth Floor
Sunday 25th January 2009
4.30pm - 5.50pm.
Admission Free

Poets and Writers reading:
Alice Lenkiewicz (aka Jane Marsh, Editorial Assistant) and The Public Service Announcer, (Nigel Harrison)
Scott Thurston
Patricia Farrell
Andrew Taylor
Robert Sheppard
Matt Fallaize
Ailsa Cox

Artwork by Alice Lenkiewicz and Tim Allen
Music Composed by Duncan Stuart

Further information about Neon Highway:
Alice Lenkiewicz: Email:

More erbacce-press reviews

Two more reviews of erbacce-press chapbooks have appeared at Clockwise Cat. Here and here.

Friday, January 02, 2009

Interview and poem published at Epic Rites

Very proud to be published and interviewed at Epic Rites. I'm in great company.