In Billy Mills’ top three Irish poetry books this year!

The company I am keeping in this tweet! Billy Mills runs hardPressed poetry with Catherine Walsh and his reviews on his Elliptical Movements website are highly thought of and sensitively written. I am deeply honoured that he has chosen my Lapwing pamphlet Six-Count Jive.

Billy’s review is here. If you would like to read Six-Count Jive, you can buy from Lapwing Publications direct here. Or you could have an author copy signed by me, using Paypal here. Please let me know if you would like me to sign in favour of a name, I’m happy to do it.

The subject matter of Six-Count Jive is slow recovery from PTSD after years of abuse but it has a happy ending and many people have told me, usually in a quiet aside, that they have found comfort in it and keep it close. One recently asked for a second copy as she had worn her first one out.

I wish you all a peaceful break, and health and strength for you and yours now and in the future. Writing has been a great solace to me throughout this awful year and I wish you joy and success in yours.

Mary Evans poetry reading in Devon, Mon 11 January, 2021 at 6 – 7.15pm

ARTS DESTINATION SOUTH MOLTON in DEVON is hosting a reading featuring the MARY EVANS POEMS AND PICTURES BLOG and I am delighted to join in a celebration of the work of this marvellous blog curated by Gill Stoker. The Mary Evans Picture Library, founded in 1964, is a beautiful little store house in south east London of millions of images of every sort. You have probably enjoyed their images on television and in newspapers and magazines all over the world without necessarily knowing where they came from. The Mary Evans website allows you to sneak behind the library’s closed doors. Images and poetry have always been good company and the Poems and Pictures blog is a marvellous browse, whatever your taste.

Please join us. It will be the ADSM’s first event of 2021 and is the first Zoom event for the poetry blog ever! The beauty of Zoom events is that, while we can’t necessarily go and dabble our toes in the Devon sea, we can enjoy the event wherever we are. The event is free.

Anthologies update

I’ve just updated my Books page about anthologies that have come my way this year. First was the invitation by Ruth Carr and Natasha Cuddington to join them in HER OTHER LANGUAGE Northern Irish Women Writers Address Domestic Violence and Abuse (Arlen House, 2020) It’s an honour to be part of this excellent project.

Our first CHURCHILL WRITERS’ ANTHOLOGY was published early this year too, thanks to the diligence and efficiency of Gervase Vernon. Gervase is a prolific writer and one of the group’s earliest members. It’s a marvellous read, full of variety, and I’m deeply proud, as well as fond, of all the writers.

Last year I posted on the Places of Poetry website set up and run by Andrew McRae and Paul Farley and am thrilled to have my Carnlough Bay selected for the Northern Irish section of their anthology, PLACES OF POETRY (Oneworld, 2020).

These three sit proudly beside two Live Canon anthologies from 2016 and 2018 that contain my work: LIVE CANON More New Poems for Christmas and LIVE CANON 154 PROJECT: 154 poems by 154 contemporary poets in response to Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets.

In this tragic year, our creativity has not always been easy but I hope you and yours stay well and that next year brings safety, togetherness and all the writing flow you could wish for.