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)
2011-13 Herefordshire Young Poet Laureate
Festivals, events, appearances & workshops:
Reviews to appear in Poetry Wales, The North & Review 31
Performance at the 2020 Saboteur Awards
October – performance and workshop at the Gloucester Poetry Festival
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.