I shall be reading at the Amory Centre in South Molton at 6pm on Tuesday 12 September with James Bell and Sarah Westcott, both distinguished poets with local connections. Lucky me! I shall also be helping to organise and take part in the annual North Devon Green Party fundraiser for refugee charities: Sandy Brown’s Studio and Museum, Appledore, 7 for 7.30pm on Friday 15 September, with fellow-poets Hubert Moore (guest of honour), Frances Corkey Thompson and Patricia Millner. The musicians include PloughCapella. Free entry / retiring collection – we aim to raise £750 this time.

The New European newspaper published my poem ‘There was no choice’  on 16 June – thanks so much to the poetry editor Briony Bax. The page looks like this (click on link): There was no choice

On Friday 12 May I read one of the two poems of mine shortlisted for the Stanley Spencer Poetry Competition organised by the Cookham on Thames Festival. They are now published in an elegantly designed anthology. It was a delightful occasion and I particularly enjoyed some of the local contributions. There is a piece about it here:

The International Times put up my poem ‘Menu’ with a well-chosen photograph on 4 May: It was followed on 18 May by ‘The Anthropocene’:  and then by ‘Raif’ (on the brave and brutally treated Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi):  Many thanks to the poetry editor Rupert Loydell.

Greatly enjoyed taking part in various sessions at the Teignmouth Poetry Festival on 18-19 March, and to have a message from the judge of the poetry competition, Mario Petrucci, that he admires one of the poems I submitted. I loved the evening devoted to poetry in foreign languages. I read, in English and then Danish, the marvellous poem ‘In the Tram’ by Bodil Bech, translated by John Irons. It received a very positive response. Easy to find the poem online. I have written about it in my blog at the poet Sue Boyle’s Project 2017 website:

One of my poems was longlisted in the Plough Poetry Competition, as announced in March, and another shortlisted. In April I had a guest poem on the Acumen website edited by Patricia Oxley: