performance at the Dog House, Lydney

Awards

2020 Bedford International Writing Competition (longlisted)

2019 New Poets Prize with The Poetry Business, judged by Mary Jean Chan

2019 Brian Dempsey Memorial Competition (shortlisted)

2019 Binsted Prize Poetry Competition (highly commended & commended; work in anthology)

2019 Yaffle Prize (longlisted; work in anthology)

2019 National Poetry Competition (longlisted 128 out of 14,000)

2019 Stafford Green Arts Festival poetry competition (third place; work in anthology)

2018 Torbay Open Poetry Competition (commended)

2017 Martin Starkie Prize (shortlisted)

2015 Geoff Stevens Memorial Poetry Prize

2011-13 Herefordshire Young Poet Laureate

performance at the EU Commission, Brussels

Festivals, events, appearances & workshops:

2020

Reviews to appear in Poetry Wales, The North & Review 31

October – performance and workshop at the Gloucester Poetry Festival

18/07 – New Poets Prize winners group performance The Poetry Café, London

21/06 – launch of ‘The Kindness of the Eel’ Pershore, Worcs.

18/06 – launch of ‘The Kindness of the Eel’ at Rossiter Books Ross on Wye, Hre.

17/05 – performance with the 2019 New Poets at the Sheaf Poetry Festival Sheffield

16/05 – performance with the 2019 New Poets at the 2020 Saboteur Awards Birmingham

18/04 – performance and workshop at the Cheltenham Poetry Festival, and speaking at the Frosted Fire Competition prizegiving

22/02 – running the ticketed workshop and performance ‘Voices and Performance Poetry‘ as part of the Our Living Levels Project Gwent

2019

17/12 – work commissioned for the President of the European Research Council, part of the EU Commission

01/12 – testimonial commissioned for the cover of Anna Saunders’ latest collection

15/11 – a judge in the 2020 Cheltenham Poetry Festival single poem competition

26/09 – presenting the academic paper ‘Writing ourselves into the earth: poetry and its role in understanding and tackling the climate crisis’ at the World Youth Forum: Right To Dialogue (paper published in the Forum journal) Trieste, Italy

14/09 – judging Cinderford Secondary School poetry competition alongside author Sarah Franklin Cinderford, Glos.

12/09 – workshop with forty-five 13-14 year olds at Cinderford Secondary School Cinderford, Glos.

04/09 – performance for the Dean Writer’s Circle Lydney Library, Lydney, Glos.

performance at Jolters Ciderhouse, Mitcheldean

02/09 – performance (with opening from Vicky Hampton) Rossiter Books, Monmouth, Mons.

01/09 – performance Pershore, Worcs.

10/08 – performance for Aston Ingham Reading Group Aston Ingham, Hre.

03/08 – New Poets Prize winners launch reading Anthony Burgess Centre, Manchester

31/07 – performance at ‘Fifth Wednesday’ The Dog House, Coleford, Glos.

25/07 – workshop & performance with Gloucestershire Poetry Society Gloucester, Glos.

23/07 – performance Ross on Wye public library, Ross, Hre.

20/07 – Mitcheldean Poetry Festival

17/07 – Open Mic Spoken Word Extravaganza Murenger House, Newport, Mons.

01/07 – testimonial commissioned for the cover of Z.K. Dicks’ collection ‘Malcontent’

05/07 – performance: ‘A Brit lost in Warszawa’ Ken54, Warsaw, Poland

01/05 – work displayed in shop windows in the Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway BigLit Festival

13/05 – Skype poetry workshop held with a school in Atyrau, Kazakhstan

02/04 – interviewed by literary journal The Wombwell Rainbow

performance at Murenger House, Newport

2018

Jun. – organised and ran a day-long workshop for 16 -18s at Wynstones, a Steiner Waldorf School

Jun. – Mitcheldean Poetry Festival

Jun. – Coleford Music & Words Festival

May – Aston Ingham Reading Group Aston Ingham, Hre.

Apr. – Cheltenham Poetry Festival

Apr. – Hope Support Services fundraising event Ross, Hre.

Mar. – commissioned and read at ‘An Evening at Tibet’ Monmouth, Mons.

Feb. – mentioned on UCB national radio

Feb. – organised and conducted a discussion group with A-Level English students at Hereford Sixth Form College Hereford, Hre.

Jan. – performance: ‘The Tightrope between the Stones’ Ross Library, Ross, Hre.

Jan. – began one-on-one poetry mentoring

2017

Dec. – performance: Indigo Dreams: New Poetry event Diana Rooms, Cardiff

Nov. – performance: ‘How to Plant your Tigers in Straight Rows’ Mitcheldean Community Library, Mitcheldean, Glos.

Oct. – founded Rossiter Bookshop Poetry Group, which I organised and ran for 12 months

performance at Ken54, Warsaw, Poland

Sept. – work is used in Israeli schools to teach English

Aug. – one-man show ‘How to Plant your Tigers in Straight Rows’ taken to the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Edinburgh, Scotland

Apr. – work displayed in shop windows in the Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway BigLit Festival

Feb. – ‘After the Poet, the Bar’ is selected to be part of the Oxford Poetry Library

2016

Nov. – performance: ‘Indigo Dreams Poets’ Albion Beatnik bookshop, Oxford, Ox.

Oct. – Bristol Poetry Festival

Sep. – performance Rossiter Books, Ross on Wye, Hre.

Jul. – became Artist in Residence for a month with the Seven Voices Project, Oxford University

Jul. – performance: ‘Shore to Shore with Pan Macmillan’ alongside the poet laureates of England, Scotland & Wales Savoy Theatre, Monmouth, Mons.

Apr. – performance: ‘Poets on the Loose!’ Albion Beatnik bookshop, Oxford

Apr. – performance: Beaufort Society launch alongside Alison Gomm, Nancy Campbell & Alex Christofi Oxford University, Oxford

Jan. – spoke about poetry and my publication on Hereford & Worcester Radio

Jan. – became Deputy Editor, contributor and blogger at the Cherwell, Oxford University’s independent student newspaper. Whilst there I conducted interviews with many cultural figures such as Michael Bond, Roger McGough, Owen Sheers, Rory MacLean & Richard Mabey

World Youth Forum in Trieste, Italy

2015

Dec. – performances:  Gin & Phonics open mic nights and various other poetry readings Oxford University, Oxford

Nov. – wrote the stage play ‘Valuables’, which was performed at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University

Oct. – founded Slap, Oxford University’s independent poetry pamphlet

2011 – 2014

Ran various workshops and read at events within the charity Hope Support Services Ross, Hre.

As Herefordshire Young Poet Laureate opened the 2011 Ledbury Poetry Festival and ran a workshop in a Hereford primary School with children’s poet Brian Moses