Middlesbrough and York

Today, a video clip or two for you to enjoy. We had a launch for the Dark Matter 6 chapbook at the Python Gallery in Middlesbrough on 27th February, and there is a recording of me reading some of my poems here:

Judi at the Black Light Engine Room

Also on the same night, the great Jim Burns read a few poems although most of them weren’t in his half of the chapbook…  Huge thanks to P.A.Morbid for editing and printing the chapbooks and organising the launch. I’ve got a few of the chapbooks left if anybody wants one…

And shortly after that, I found that my poem ‘Lutyens on Jekyll’ was Highly Commended in the York Literature Festival poetry competition. Which was lovely and very cheering. Several of my friends were there among the commended and highly commended, and we had a great day in York at the award ceremony, listening to some stunning poems and generally hanging out together. Many thanks to Carole Bromley for organising and judging the competition. Here’s the lovely Newcastle poet, Jane Burn, who was also in the Highly Commended group. We got the same train down to York and stopped for tea and cake at Betty’s.

Jane in York

One week to go…

…until Dark Matter 6 is launched!

I’m sharing the chapbook with Jim Burns, who is a bit of a poetry legend and has his own Wikipedia page. There’s also a lot about him on line. For example:

Here from John Freeman

Here from Penniless Press

I know you will enjoy his poems and I hope you will enjoy mine.

Hoping to see as many of you as possible at the Python Gallery, Middlesbrough on Saturday 27th February.

Here's the proof.

Here’s the proof.

Dark Matter

Sheep. They are in the book.

These sheep. They are in the book.

It’s taken some time but I am proud to say I have a little chapbook coming out at the end of this month. My new poetic home in the North East, the Black Light Engine Room in Middlesbrough, curated, or do I mean stoked, by the inimitable Mr P.A. Morbid, is including me in its lovely little series of chapbooks called ‘Dark Matter’. Each tiny gem of a book has poetry by two poets and I am sharing Volume 6 with the legendary Jim Burns, which is exciting.

The poems I’ve sent to Morbs are all written since I moved ‘up north’ and to me at least seem like a largely coherent set. I’m looking forward to reading them at the launch on February 27th. More details later.