While visiting Edinburgh, I recorded a podcast for the Scottish Poetry Library with the wonderfully appreciative and enthusiastic Jennifer Williams. The podcast can be heard here. #podcast #ScottishPoetryLibrary #JenniferWilliams
Santino Prinzi, I should explain, was a student in my Sudden Prose module at Bath Spa University two years ago and won that year's university flash fiction prize. He's now graduated, so he's not trying to improve his marks with this review--I didn't teach him this year, and besides, all marks were confirmed last month! I'm delighted with the review and love the detail of its consideration of individual stories. You can read it here. #SantinoPrinzi #flashfiction #Hometown #VPress #BathSpaUniversity #BathFlashFictionAward #review
Trev and I took a wonderful boat trip out to Staple Island during breeding season (May to July) and were told there were 37,000 breeding pairs on the Farne Islands! If you're in the area at that time of year and love wildlife, I highly recommend taking the trip. #puffins #TheFarneIslands #Northumberland
I've read and admired Reality Street books for years and became a "supporter subscriber" some years ago, receiving each year's round of books published; my favourites include Denise Riley's Selected Poems and both editions of the Out of Everywhere anthology. Sadly, editor Ken Edwards today announced that the last book they published would be the last book the press will publish. The valediction can be read here. I'm sorry to see one of the UK's most innovative presses fold, but know that there are others rising up all the time. Thanks to Ken and fellow co-founder Wendy Mulford for all their hard work in bringing these books into the world. #RealityStreet #KenEdwards #WendyMulford #OutofEvery
When I knew I'd be coming to Northumberland for a couple weeks this summer, I contacted Rob A. Mackenzie to ask about possible reading opportunities in Edinburgh, as I rarely make it there. In the end, Rob organised a reading that brings me together with a number of local poets, including him, Janette Ayachi, and Daisy Lafarge. It'll be in the function room of The Outhouse on Broughton Street Lane on Tuesday, July 12; it's free and begins at 7 p.m.
Last week, I was delighted to hear from Rob that the event would be featured on the Janice Forsyth show on BBC Radio Scotland on Monday the eleventh. I had to submit a recording of one of my poems, and as I already had one from Imagined Sons onl
I'm delighted to report Hometown has received its first review in New Welsh Review. Reviewer Vicky MacKenzie concludes, "Etter’s voice is honest and irreverent and shows that ‘normal’ life can be very strange indeed."
You can buy Hometown directly from V. Press here. #review #Hometown #NewWelshReview #VPress #VickyMacKenzie #flashfiction #chapbook