Not NaPoWriMo

I was going to do NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) this year. But I’m thoroughly exhausted and I am in desperate need of a break. So writing a poem a day for a month would be way too much work.

Instead, I’m going to do flash poetry . Every week, I’ll write something on the fly and upload it without editing, just to see what I come up with.

They’ll be available to all my patrons and if by the end of April I’ve created anything worth a damn I’ll re-upload and share publicly.

The first poem will be going up 5th April for all patrons. So if you have a dollar to spare, click here and get access to a whole bunch of content every month.

It’s not NaPoWriMo, but it’s still a bit of a challenge.


That’s What She Said – 5th April

If you couldn’t make it to Queenie’s this week, maybe Manchester will be more your speed.
I did That’s What She Said at the Edinburgh Fringe last summer and they’ve asked me back for their Manchester show in April
Expect poems from my upcoming chapbook as well as a showing of some of the best female voices in poetry.
Come down to Tribeca on Thursday 5th April at 7pm. But get your tickets soon because they’re sure to sell out fast!

Queenie’s was Fantastic!

[Image description: a sepia toned photograph of me, a fat black person, performing poetry in a cafe with my arms outstretched]

I got the chance to perform at Queenie’s Coffee House night yesterday evening and it was wonderful.

The bad weather meant that the crowd was a little smaller than it might otherwise be, but that worked out pretty nicely. It gave the performers who signed up for the open mic the chance to really let loose and share a wider range of their work with us. It’s always a treat to see other creatives have the time to fully inhabit the work they create.

The other featured performer, Kit Rayne was wonderful as always. The honesty and vulnerability of her work shone through in her performance and it was a treat to see it as part of a longer set.

A massive thank you to Queenie’s and to Rose Condo for inviting me and letting me have a peek into the spoken that Huddersfield has to offer. I was not disappointed.

I hope I get to return there soon to see more.

You can find more of my work on Patreon,¬†where I’ll be posting some further thoughts on the evening and on my performance in particular, later this week.

Image credit: Rose Condo