The Kindness of the Eel is out now!

Ben’s third collection The Kindness of the Eel is published with The Poetry Business as part of the New Poets Prize list. Keep an eye on the calendar for online readings, workshops & other events promoting the eel!

His first two collections What I heard on the Last Cassette Player in the World & After the Poet, the Bar (Indigo Dreams Publishing, 2019 & 2016), and has work in the anthologies Poems from the Borders & Poems from Pembrokeshire (Seren Books, 2019) and For the Silent: an anthology in aid of the work of the League Against Cruel Sports (Indigo Dreams Publishing, 2019).

Ben has poetry reviews and features  in journals such as Poetry Wales / The North / The Oxford Review of Books, and his poetry has appeared in various  literary journals and websites including The North / The Oxford Review of Books / Bath Magg / Riggwelter Press / Little Stone Journal / Words for the Wild / The Sunday Tribune / Foxtrot Uniform

Ben has contributed work to the Eel Suitcase Project, with a performance video on the website of Guillemot Press. His academic paper ‘Writing ourselves into the earth: poetry and its role in understanding the climate crisis’ was presented at the 2019 World Youth Forum: Rights to Dialogue in Trieste, Italy.

He is winner of the 2019 New Poets Prize and the 2015 Geoff Stevens Memorial Poetry Prize and has been highly commended in the 2019 Binsted Poetry Prize and the 2018 Torbay Open Poetry Competition, shortlisted in the 2019 Brian Dempsey Memorial Poetry Competition, the 2019 Stafford Green Arts Festival Competition and the 2017 Martin Starkie Prize, and longlisted in the 2019 National Poetry Prize (128 out of 14,000), the 2019 Bedford International Poetry Competition and the 2019 Yaffle Prize. He was Herefordshire Young Poet Laureate between 2011-2013.

Ben has performed his poetry and discussed EU affairs on the popular Brussels-based podcast EU Scream. He also writes comment and analysis on European culture and EU affairs – check out his work on EU journalism.

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