I don’t know about you, but December doesn’t seem to be showing signs of slowing down! I’ve just completed my third poetry course for the Poetry School, this time on astronomy, and loved the poems my students came up with. You can see two of them up on Campus at the moment, (click here for Vasiliki Albedo Bennu’s, and here for Majella Kelly).
One of the reasons why life feels so full is because I have been undertaking a review-a-thon over at Sabotage Reviews to fundraise for the next Saboteur Awards. I’ve made it to day 17, let’s see if I can keep going until NYE! You can read the reviews over at Sabotagereviews.com and donate here. Do share links on social media using the hashtag #pamphletparty!
Books, books, and more books!
I have not one but two books coming out next year. The first is my second poetry collection Astéronymes. It will be published by Penned in the Margins, and out sometime in March. There’ll be various joint launches in April with John McCullough who also has a collection out with Penned! We’re planning to go to London, Oxford and Brighton so far, but if you fancy greeting two poets in your fair city, do get in touch!
What to say about Astéronymes? It’s essentially, I think, a book about friendship explored through the language of archives and ancient history... I'll be saying more about it closer to the time, I promise...
The second book has been a long time in the making. Originally, it was my PhD thesis (which I completed back in 2012), but it’s been through a fair few revisions since. So I’m pleased to say that Staging Satire: Theatrical Metaphors in Prints of the French Revolution will be out late next year with Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment.
I also have a chapter forthcoming in Caught between Fact and Fiction: Eighteenth-Century Escape Tales all about the Comtesse de la Motte-Valois' escape from prison with a bit of Marie-Antoinette thrown in too. It’s being published by Bucknell at some point next year as part of their series Transits: Literature, Thought & Culture 1650-1850.
First, before these books see the light, I’m really excited to say that I’ve been granted an Artists’ International Development Fund from Arts Council England to travel to South Africa twice next year. There are two parts to this funding, on the one hand I intend to showcase as much of the South African poetry scene as I can, through interviews and reviews, which will appear on Sabotage Reviews. The other part will result in new work borne out of collaboration.
My first visit will be in early January, where I get to read with two fantastic poets at the Book Lounge (see details below) and I can’t wait to get started!
Quite a lot of news then!
On that note, hope you all have a fantastic end of 2015, and may 2016 bring you wonderful things indeed!