Help Me Write A Poem For Havering

London Lines Poetry Jaybird Southbank

As part of the London Lines project, I’ve been commissioned to write a poem celebrating Havering. Do you have any memories of Havering you would like to share?

The project is a partnership between the Southbank Centre and Jaybird Live Literature; a poem is being commissioned for each of London’s 33 boroughs and I have been asked to write one for Havering. On Saturday 20th July I will be one of the poets at the Southbank Centre collecting people’s memories and associations of London boroughs. I’m then tasked with writing a poem for Havering overnight so it can be put into a giant physical map of London, in the Southbank’s Clore Ballroom, on Sunday afternoon!

If you’re in London that weekend it would be great to see you at the Southbank Centre, either sharing you memories of London on Saturday or coming to see the finished map on Sunday.

If you can’t come in person, but want to share you’re memories of a London borough you can follow @jaybirdlivelit , @litsouthbank and ‪#‎londonlines to join in. If your memory is of Havering, and it won’t fit in a tweet, you could let me know by leaving a comment below or sending an email.

Verse Kraken: Digital Edition Launched

Verse Kraken LogoThe online edition of Verse Kraken is now live, including my poem Antonio Duke of Milan.

Verse Kraken asks for poems in response to other artworks and this poem was inspired by Percy Stowe’s 1908 film adaptation of The Tempest. More specifically the incredible whiteness of the child-Miranda’s dress. It got me thinking about who had to wash it to keep it that way; how would Prospero have managed it without his magic? Of course as with all poems I started with one idea and it grew into something quite different; in this case into a poem about responsibilities and also about libraries.

Verse Kraken Party!

Come and celebrate the launch of Verse Kraken: The Magazine of Hybrid Art with a tentacular evening of art, poetry, music and merrymaking. Featuring performances of work from Issue One, a temporary tattoo stand, an ekphrastic competition and more weird and wonderful delights!

Verse Kraken Attacks The Mighty Ship

I’ll be performing new work alongside Tim Dooley, Harry Giles, Adam Horovitz, Paul Carney, Dana Bubulj, James William Purcell, Sophie Mayer, and Jacqueline Wright.

Tickets: £5 Early Bird, £7 (£5 concessions) on the door

Thursday 20th June
Paper Dress Vintage, 114-116 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3AH,

Wilding Festival: Suffragette History and Poetry Tours

Votes For Women SashI’m leading tours around Bloomsbury as part of the Wilding Festival this weekend. The Festival is inspired by suffragette Emily Wilding Davison who died 100 years this month.

The tours are a mix of women’s suffrage history and new poems. So far we have learned about The Men’s League for Women’s Suffrage, about their grand enemies the Anti-Suffrage League, about what Millicent Fawcett has on her ceiling and how to make a convincing testudo out of umbrellas so I can read poems while the ink slowly slides away under almost horizontal rain.

However, tomorrow (Sunday 16) is a day when the BBC promises it will not rain, so come join me!

Tours will take 45 minutes and start at St Georges Church on Bloomsbury Way. Tickets are £3 and can be bought in the church. Tours will be setting off at 2pm and 3pm.