performance at the EU Commission, Brussels

Readings, workshops, residencies and other events:


Mar. to Oct. – Poet in Non-Residence at the Cheltenham Poetry Festival

10/10 – performance and workshop at the Gloucester Poetry Festival

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

17/06 – performance at the Gloucester Poetry Society

01/06 – launch of Ben’s new collection The kindness of the eel with The Poetry Business online

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

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

23/05 – running a workshop with the Cheltenham Poetry Festival online

01/03 – judge of the Cheltenham Poetry Festival’s Single Poem Competition

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


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


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


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


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


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

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