I’ll be reading with Prue Chamberlain this evening as support act for Tom O. C. Wilson’s Freeze Puppy and the launch of his new album The Night Attendant.

All taking place downstairs at the Betsey Trotwood in Farringdon: doors at 8.30pm, £5

Tom Wilson
The Night Attendant: tuneful and unpredictable in equal measure, drawing upon the classic pop songwriting tradition (Lennon and McCartney, Brian Wilson / Van Dyke Parks), the exuberance of contemporary jazz (Denys Baptiste, John Hollenbeck) and the radical experimentalism of modern classical composition (Harry Partch, Gyorgy Ligeti)


Camaradefest II



‘Camaradefest is a unique showcase of the breadth and depth of 21st century literary and avant garde poetry and the potential of collaboration in the poetic arts.’

This Saturday 25th October, SJ Fowler will be hosting 100 poets and their head-buttings for a day of poetry and collaboration. Come for the coupling, stay for the jousts. I’ll be reading with Prue Chamberlain as part of the 2pm slot.


£FREE! from noon at the Richmix centre. Here’s the full line-up, with links to their work or further information.

 – 12noon -
John Clegg & Holly Corfield Carr
Nick Murray & Aki Schilz
Sarah Dawson & Robin Boothroyd
Jonah Wilberg & Lucy Furlong
Vera Chok & Sophie Herxheimer
Jon Stone & Harry Wooler
Paul Hawkins & Mali Clements
Cali Dux & Simon Pomery
Angus Sinclair & Laura Elliott
​Ross Sutherland & Thomas Bunstead

- 2pm
George Szirtes & Carol Watts
Gareth Rees & Gary Budden
Robert Kiely & Doug Jones
Mike Saunders & Emilia Weber
​Tamar Yoseloff & Claire Crowther​
Andy Spragg & Emma Hammond
Alan Halsey & Geraldine Monk
Nia Davies & Sarah Howe
Tim Allen & Richard Barrett
Prudence Chamberlain & Eley Williams

- 4pm
Hannah Silva & Andra Symons
Harry Man & Kirsten Irving
Vicky Sparrow & Dave Spittle​
Agnes Lehoczky & Astrid Alben
Stephen Watts & Cristina Viti​​
Isobel Dixon & Claire Trévien
Ollie Evans & Becky Varley-Winter​
Rebecca Tamas & Martin Jackson
Sarah Kelly & Seekers of Lice
Jow Lindsay & Anne Laure Coxam

Colin Herd & Iain Morrison
Marcus Slease & JT Welsch​
​James Wilkes & Ariadne Radi Cor
Edmund Hardy & Amy Cutler
Sophie Collins & Livia Franchini
​Nikolai Duffy & Rhys Trimble
Ryan Van Winkle & Ghazal Mosadeq
Calum Rodger & Anthony Autumn
Cristine Brache & Holly Childs
Lila Matsumoto & Samantha Walton

- 9pm -
James Davies & Philip Terry
Nathan Jones & Christodoulos Makris​​​​​​​
​Zuzana Husarova & Olga Pek​
​David Berridge & Stephen Emmerson​
Alison Gibb & Kimberley Campanello
Sean Bonney & nick-e melville
​Luke Allan & Graeme Smith​
Sam Riviere & Crispin Best
James Byrne & Sandeep Parmar
​Holly Pester & Emma Bennett



Video of our piece, with some of the great performances available at SJ Fowler’s blogpost:


LitCrawl 2014



Hosted by Literary Kitchen as part of LitCrawl, I’ll be performing with 14 writers at the Peckham Pelican on 11th October – doors open 7.30pm for an hour of poetry and flash fiction. With Andrew Alston as master of ceremonies, the evening’s title is ‘Sex Flash Marathon’ so please bring your maiden aunt; other performers  include the brilliant Alice Furse, Francis Gilbert, Prudence  Chamberlain, Ella Frears, William Wyld, Claudia Turkington, William Jamieson, Rachel Long, Simon Bill, Seraphima Kennedy, Jacob Sam La Rose, Inua Ellams, Amy Key, Thomas Darby and music from Trevor John.

This comes at the end of a day of literary and arts events in the area. The White Review is also hosting an event concurrently with Emily Berry, Luke Brown, Kit Buchan, Holly Pester and Zoe Pilger - – – if the above Sex Pelicans don’t appeal, please do make it to the Peckham Springs Café for what will be a fascinating evening.

High, There


If you’re free and enjoy sleeping-bags, 800ft glass structures and a troublesomely heavy purse, please do come by to DoingSomething’s sleepover at The View from The Shard on Saturday 13th September.

Shard Sleep

The evening invites participants to bump into one another and be pleasantly distracted by talks, music, a sky-trained Royal Observatory telescope and a midnight feast, all seen from Western Europe’s highest building. The option is also there to ascend to a limited number of bell tents and sleep at the partially-exposed top of The Shard for bedtime stories, boggling and breakfast. B&B&B, etc.

I’ll be reading alongside the band Peggy Sue and members of Toby Brother’s London Literary Salon, including ghost stories and more from Ben Gwalchmai. It’d be great to see you there.


view from Shard, via Nick Constantinou's Twitter

view from The Shard the next morning, via Nick Constantinou‘s Twitter

Structo 12


Independent literary magazine Structo is very pretty. I would happily frame, coo over and have every back issue tattooed upon my face etc etc if I wasn’t quite so uneasy with the spelling of ‘tattooed’. Structo: it’s a natty thing.

As well as being champions of new writing, previous issues have included interviews with Evie Wyld, the late Iain M. Banks and Stella Duffy. I’m very pleased to have a short piece in its forthcoming Issue 12. Its launch will be on 18th August at The Society Club and will feature readings from contributors if you’re in the neighbourhood; as a teaser, I know that the journal includes an interview with Margaret Atwood illustrated by the fantastic printmaker Jade They. Please do check out her work, and Structosnaffle generally.

Margaret Atwood

Atwood, linocut-in-progress by Jade They

Photos of the night below, courtesy of Euan Monaghan.

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At the beginning of May I was a commissioned to work on a renga-style roundtable poem in response to the Saison Poetry Library‘s excellent exhibition ‘Poetry in collaboration’, curated by SJ Fowler and Chris McCabe. A slideshow of the display can be seen here.

Poetry in Collaboration Saison

The final text of the shared poem is scheduled to be published in VLAK magazine, hopefully with a group reading of the work to be staged in either July or August. My fellow writers include Matthew Gregory, Livia Franchini, Sarah Howe [BREAKING!ish: editor of new site Prac Crit] and Joanna Walsh [BREAKING!ish: freshly-minted Fiction Editor of 3:AM Magazine], over all of whose work [grammar?] I have ungently and roaringly swooned for quite a while. Which is nice.


Collaborators in situ, renga lining


The Enemies project is an ongoing series centred upon poetry in collaboration. Curated and hard-wrought by SJ Fowler, its most recent incarnation has been Auld Enemies, designed to put Scottish and English poets in concert.

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Following the series’ countrywide tour of Scotland, I’ll be reading with Nick Murray during the London leg on July 26th at the Rich Mix Arts Centre, alongside the amassed forces of Ross Sutherland, nick-e melville, Colin Herd, Ryan Van Winkle and SJ Fowler, as well as Emily Berry & John Clegg, ​Tom Chivers & Roddy Lumsden, ​Vahni Capildeo & Jeremy Noel-Tod, ​Kirsty Irving & Harry Man, Tim Atkins & Jeff Hilson. Hjhgdsfjhgsdfjhgdsf².


Patrick Coyle and SJ Fowler – www.weareenemies.com

Come along if you’re free.

She Grrrowls and Not So Popular are joining forces for a poetry and spoken word evening next week, 23rd July 2014.


Based at Blessings in Spitalfields, you can reserve your place in advance with tickets for just £4 – Pay What You Can on the door. I’ll be reading alongside mighty mighty Hannah Chutzpah, Selina Nwulu, Amy Acre, Kemi ‘Demerara’ Taiwo, Prudence Chamberlain and others.

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Many thanks to the editors Gary Budden and Kit Caless for asking me to chip in on their Anti-Canon project, a ‘collection of short essays focusing on writers less well known, positioned outside of the literary mainstream or simply deserving more attention. An alternative (but by no means definitive) list of works that have influenced the writers at Influx Press, offering a different perspective to what is, and what is not, considered “important”, and hopefully giving you some new books to read into the bargain’.


My contribution gnaws upon Armand Schwerner and the Kaplans’ The Domesday Dictionary. Here we have horror, poetry; we have fiction, facts; we have da Vinci on beavers. Thank you to Giles Goodland for first putting me on the book’s trail.


judicious editing, an enactment .

Also, do take advantage of Influx Press’ Summer Sale, featuring work by Gareth E Rees, Siddhartha Bose and Lee Rourke.

With Prudence Chamberlain, I played host for POLYproject 6 at the Literary Kitchen Festival 2014. Earlier acts in the week included Adam Mars-Jones, Evie Wyld, and Zoe Pilger, with cameos from the Itinerant Poetry Library, Adam Marek, Stuart Evers and Douglas Cowie.

As part of POLYply‘s project series, we were joined by Jennie Cole, Carrie Foulkes and press free press in the guise of Karen Sandhu & Ryan Ormonde with their new Aloneness project. The second half of the night was twanged into action with a great set by Ollie Evans and work from poet and editor Joe Luna, followed by a screening of Amy Cutler’s film-poetry and a reading from her chapbook Nostalgia Forest.

Karen and Ryan

Photographs courtesy of  Edmund Hardy and festival organiser Andrea Mason; thanks to Literary Kitchen, and to all the participants for storming barns and pickling Peckham peppers properly.