2014 Roundup Year-in-Review

It has been a year full of poetry and personal revelation. Here are a few highlights.

January: Das Achte Jahr

I take solace in new and simple ways of sharing my love.

February: Andrew Philip Reviews The Silence Teacher

Friend, fine poet, and fellow bereaved father Andrew Philip gives my pamphlet a very personally meaningful review.

March: Reading at the Royal Academy

It was a great pleasure to take part in this innovative poetry reading, responding to architectural spaces in situ.

April: Two Views of Despot’s Progress

My poem “Despot’s Progress” gets two very different film-poem interpretations, thanks to the Poetry Storehouse project.

May: Jellied Eels

My poem “Jellied Eels” wins third place in the Southbank Magazine Poetry Competition, and I release a film-poem version in collaboration with Valerie Kampmeier.

June: Filmpoem 2014, Antwerp

The excellent Filmpoem festival in beautiful Antwerp once again inspires me to want to be a better poet and filmmaker.

July: “Buttons”

Our film-poem “Buttons” wins the judges’ prize at the inaugural Southbank Centre Poetry Film Competition and screens in the Purcell Room.

September: On Becoming British

I acknowledge what has become my second homeland by taking up British citizenship.

October: Swindon Festival of Poetry

Honoured and delighted to read at Hilda Sheehan’s Swindon Festival of Poetry.

November: The Space it Might Take

Pleased to have several poems in the biennial anthology of the Highgate Poets.

December: What Can Computers Teach Us About Poetry?

In which I explain how an analytical approach to poetry might yield new insights.

Wishing you and yours a splendid, poetry-filled year ahead.