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Beating Time: A Conversation Between Art & Poetry

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An extract from Anna Souter’s essay on my collaboration with Sandra Beccarelli’s work: “…Beccarelli’s work is similarly produced in the context of an ongoing working relationship with a living writer. Beccarelli’s close collaboration with poet Agnieszka Studzinska is a lively, open-ended dialogue, in which each shares intimate aspects of their craft with the other. Beccarelli, for instance, shares images from her sketchbooks or from the backs of her canvases, while Studzinska sends snapshots from her […]

The Poetics of Space

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The Poetics of Space after Bachelard [an introduction] “A house that has been experienced is not an inert box. Inhabited space transcends geometrical space.” My house is sometimes a chair I sit on in a different country, a tent, a beach, the woods I return to in photographs. My grandmother’s hand as it stirred her black tea. My children’s skin on my lips as they leave to walk to school. My house is the language […]

Writing Self in Poetry

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  What is self & how do I write it?   Colossal, tumescent questions hanging & waiting to drop. In their falling the splattered matter of their existence is what poetry picks up (poetry that I like to read & write anyway.) The splattered matter of self.   What do I mean by this word self, which often gets kicked around like a football on a tired pitch. One dictionary definition writes this:   self: […]

Wretched Strangers

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I am honoured and grateful to have my poem, ‘An essay on the Dragon and the Invisible Creatures’ published in this forthcoming anthology by Boilerhouse Press. Wretched Strangers brings together innovative writing on re-conceptions of  ‘shared foreigness’ from around the globe, celebrating the irreducible diversity such work brings to ‘British’ poetry. Proceeds will go to charities fighting for the rights of refugees. Please pre order your copies here: https://www.boilerhouse.press/product-page/wretched-strangers

The Essex Book Festival

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I am over the moon to be writer in residence at Chalkwall Hall- Southend on Sea as part of The Essex Book Festival. My residency will start from the 19th March and ends on the 27th March.  Polish Independence in 1918 nestles in the chambers of thought and serves as potential content for my writing.  A new area to explore…   https://essexbookfestival.org.uk/event/a-soviet-childhood/