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.
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.
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.
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.
In which I explain how an analytical approach to poetry might yield new insights.
Wishing you and yours a splendid, poetry-filled year ahead.