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Alone Together. Ep 2: Arboretum

Adrian B. Earle (ThinkWriteFly) is one of the most active creators and promoters of poetry in the Midlands. VerseFirst is his multimedia portal in which through podcasts and videos he showcases voices from fellow poets across the region. His latest podcast, Alone Together, is a very interesting project merging words and sounds in small, reflective … Continue reading Alone Together. Ep 2: Arboretum

Instagram Live @ 30 April, 6pm BST

My therapist dared me to do an Instagram live poetry reading, so here it goes. 30TH APRIL 20206PM BST@CYNSTAGRAMMY I'll be reading a couple of pieces from Meanwhile, some old/new stuff and finally present my NaPoWriMo 2020 poem (this year I've been writing a couple of lines a day instead of a poem a day, … Continue reading Instagram Live @ 30 April, 6pm BST

Update on date

With the whole pandemic going on, this year's Burning Eye Books releases are staggered. A lot of release parties postponed, cancelled or moved to online (again, gotta love an online event). So, it looks like Meanwhile will be released in October instead of September. Will add more updates as time goes by, including book release … Continue reading Update on date

Queers & Co. podcast interview

It's my birthday today. 34 years old now, and we're mostly celebrating indoors watching television and cuddling the cat. Coincidentally, I got another present: my interview on Gem Kennedy's Queers & Co. podcast is out now. For a bit more than half an hour, I talk to Gem about Anglophilia and soft power, racism in … Continue reading Queers & Co. podcast interview

Leicester Poetry from home

One of the things I miss from the outside world is spoken word open mic nights. Fortunately, some of my fave nights in Leicester have found a way for us to keep talking, keep listening and keep connecting from quarantine and self-isolation. Jess Green's Find the Right Words is now available as a poetry podcast … Continue reading Leicester Poetry from home

Isolated proximity in pandemic times

CW: COVID-19, health risk, self-isolation, quarantine These times are scary and uncertain. People are ill and dying due to selfishness and inconsideration from the government and the general public. It was not until this week that universities and other institutions shifted their services from presential to online, while pubs and leisure centres were only closed … Continue reading Isolated proximity in pandemic times

A title and a date

Burning Eye Books has released its official 2020 programme, featuring all the poetry books they will publish this year. Including mine. My debut poetry collection is included on that list. Its title is Meanwhile. Image: David Wilson Clarke. This is a book about being trapped in the Meanwhile. Walking through seemingly perpetual journeys between borders, … Continue reading A title and a date

Book Review: Dean Atta – The Black Flamingo

Featured picture: Kings Place. The first Young Adult verse novel in Dean Atta's catalogue, feels like a warm hug to my inner child, inner teenager, inner baby queer. We grow through over 300 pages (over three hours as an audiobook — you must listen to the poets read their work whenever you can) along Michael's … Continue reading Book Review: Dean Atta – The Black Flamingo

DEBUT COLLECTION 2020!

🎉 GETTING PUBLISHED NEXT YEAR 🎉 Burning Eye Books are releasing my debut poetry collection in the second half of 2020, along books by James McDermott, Shagufta K Iqbal, Elvis Mcgonnaghall, Pauline Sewards, Bethany Rose, Tom Sastry and Dizraeli. Thinking about thoes taquitoes. MORE INFO COMING SOON.

Play a Dirge at the Punk Gig

I walk into a room and it feels like a funeral. Pale faces, cold breath, blocked chimneys. Victorian indoors. Pouts. Sleepy glass see through whattakes up the soil. Once beloved, forbidden now. Imposter syndrome for actual imposters.Those who'd dial trebble-nine,toss my name on the deadpool. Golden ticket in hand,numbers match. My demise,after all, been confirmed. … Continue reading Play a Dirge at the Punk Gig