My latest collection of poems is available from Longbarrow Press. Little Piece of Harm is a narrative sequence that focuses on 24 hours in the life of a city that has been shut down in the aftermath of a shooting. As this act of violence ramifies outwards, the sequence explores the geographical reach of Sheffield – its urban settings and its rural landmarks – and eavesdrops on the city’s conversations. Pete, our narrator, comes into contact with a range of people who reflect on this public killing in relation to private moments of trauma and harm. Furthermore, Pete has his own issues that he reflects on as day bleeds into night.
Little Piece of Harm is available to order for £5 from the Longbarrow Press site here.
This hardback collection is still available to buy from Longbarrow Press. The book was the accumulation of ten year’s of work, taking in long poems and sequences about working as a prison writer-in-residence, Pre-Reformation Wall Art and its destruction, writers and writing, family ties and parenthood. The book also features work drawn from collaborative projects with artists and other writers. For more information about the poetry – with background essays, readings, film and text – and to order a copy of this handsome book follow this link to the Skin website.
My sonnet sequence ‘Death and the Gallant’ features alongside a range of other walking-driven poems in The Footing (Longbarrow Press, 2013). You can find out more about the anthology here, including accessing easy ways to pay for a book that has been labelled, from one reviewer: ‘the best anthology of new work I’ve read in years’ (Billy Mills, who writes for The Guardian).
If you want to fine out more about why I wrote a sequence of poems concerning Pre-Reformation wall art and its destruction, you can read a blog post I submitted to Longbarrow Press here, highlighting some of the historical and literary forces that shaped this work.