Manchester Poetry Prize Shortlist

I’m humbled to be shortlisted for the Manchester Poetry Prize for a small portfolio of poems.

I’ll be reading at the gala event with the others shortlisted in the poetry and short story awards on 27 October in Manchester – details here. Free but booking essential.

You can read the shortlisted poems and stories here

The finalists with winner, Lucy Igrams, centre front.

manchester poets shortlist 2015


Love at Love House

It was special reading at Love House, University of Western Australia with huge thanks especially to Kevin Gillam for sharing his fantastic poetry (his next collection is going be one to get) and his cello playing which really made it special. Presented by UWA and Well Versed.

Hello Perth writers!

Two fab workshops and a reading are planned soon in Perth, Western Australia. Hold the beach, sunshine and smiling faces…

Shake it up!
Break your habits, reshuffle the deck, change your angle, throw the balls in the air – try some new approaches that might just give you new ways into writing or a fresh voice. London-based poet Cath Drake, will lead you through a fun bundle of upside down and sideways writing prompts to work your creative writing muscle. Feel free to bring along topics or ideas you’re already writing about and we’ll shake them up! Suitable for all levels of poetry and prose writers.
17 October 1.30-4.30pm
FAWWA writing workshop in their gorgeous Swanbourne heritage house
Bookings:  08 9384 4771
Reading and writing rev-up
A workshop of reading and discussing contemporary UK poets – prize winners, established masters and newcomers making waves – to inspire your reading and writing. If there’s time and inclination we’ll do a quick writing exercise at the end or over lunch for those who want to stick around Meeting at the Fremantle Arts Centre cafe.  Contact Julie Watts from Oota writer’s group or let me know if you are coming and pay on the day:  Limited numbers. Friday 9th October 10-12, $15.
Submerge in poetry
London-based poet, Cath Drake reads from her new half-collection Sleeping with Rivers which won the UK Mslexia/Seren poetry prize. She’s joined by multi-award winning Perth poet Kevin Gillam whose publishing credits include three full collections and three chapbooks. Kevin inspired Cath in the early stages of her writing.When: Thursday 15th October, 1-2pm
Then join us for tea at 2pm on the verandah (sorry, no food is allowed in the room but you can bring your lunch to have with our tea on the verandah if you wish.)

Where: Love House, 28 Broadway Crawley 6009, part of Cultural Precinct University of Western Australia.

Writers’ Cauldron

Writers’ cauldron writer’s group workshops – stirring up the magic!

I’m developing a group who meet regularly to write together – workshops with short bursts of writing from creative and sensory prompts to keep the pen moving in an uninterrupted space to write, become inspired, find new unexpected directions and generate new work and ideas. The fast past helps leave behind the conscious, the critical. Sharing \ reading within the group helps stir the cauldron too. They’ll be no criticism or analysis on the writing so that our creativity can flow better.  I’ve had writers in the workshop who have found the start of a novel and won a prize for a poem they wrote generated from the workshop. We are meeting in London and I’m thinking of setting up an online version soon too.

Message me for dates and info:

Speaking at a seminar on funding for writers in June

Date: Thursday 25 June, 6.45 – 8.45pm, Price: £10 Level: advanced
If you have an ambitious writing project that’s on hold while you earn enough money to pay the bills, if you are experimenting with digital technology and need some time to really delve in, or if your idea for a spoken word show just needs a little bit of cash to bump start it, then this session is for you. Designed to inform writers about funding and fundraising, Gemma Seltzer (the Poetry School’s Relationship Manager at Arts Council England) will outline details some of the available sources of financial support from ACE and other funders, as well as offer a tailored Q&A session. She’ll be joined by poets Cath Drake, Hannah Lowe and Inua Ellams who have successfully received funding for all kinds of exciting/ literary projects and who will share their experiences of seeking support and the not-so-scary application forms. 

To enquire about booking, email