A Shropshire Grad

Inspired by A.E. Housman’s classic collection A Shropshire Lad, this 30-poem project made in collaboration with illustrator Saffron Russell covers life growing up in the rural English county of Shropshire, with its main themes centring around mental health and the class system.

#1 One Life In Donnington
#2 The Social Hangover
#3 Savages
#4 Message To My Teachers
#5 Explaining Anxiety
#6 Eric, The Cactus
#7 Emetophobia
#8 Fresh Fruit Shared
#9 Warren’s Way
#10 The Devil
#11 280 Words
#12 The Gardens
#13 End Of May
#14 Thursdays
#15 The Bottle
#16 Unknown Windows
#17 Meeting My MP In The Street
#18 Poem For Park So-dam
#19 Low-key Poetry
#20 Mornin’
#21 Mahershalalhashbaz
#22 Obnoxious Heatwave
#23 in a quarantined life,
#24 Going On 30
#25 Laugh-cry Emojis
#26 Hopelessness
#27 Destined For Depression
#28 Another Distracting Home Daydream
#29 The Shropshire Lads
#30 commonwealth

Classic Poetry Readings

Reading some of my favourite works from poets I admire.

‘Green Rain’ by Mary Webb
‘Resumé’ by Dorothy Parker
‘so you want to be a writer?’ by Charles Bukowski

Stanzas From The Stands

A series of poems composed about football, including the bizarre stories and notable locations that go with the match-action witnessed.

Waiting at Côte d’Azur Airport
The Greatest Game
Kerr vs. Kerr

National Poetry Writing Month 2020

Written from prompts provided by The Poetry Society, these 30 poems were created on each day in April 2020, as part of the National Poetry Writing Month challenge known as NaPoWriMo.

1 Thoughts of a Pigeon on a Windowsill
2 A Recipe For Gossip
3 Thank You, Cumulonimbus!
4 Making Friends In The Rijksmuseum
5 Gaffer
6 A Guided Tour of Our Community Garden
7 Midnight Spell
8 Midday Madness
9 A Socialist Resignation
10 Floodlight Friday
11 Discovering Fenton Johnson
12 Christmas is Good but Easter is Better
13 Halifax on Easter Monday
14 A Modern Sonnet for Wilfred Owen
15 i.e.
16 The original hipster,
17 American Questions
18 American Questions II
19 A Month of Sundays
20 The Stationery Room
21 Juanico’s Legacy
22 The Enemy of Silence
23 A Shakespearean Sonnet
24 Doorstep Clapping
25 The Season
26 Endurance 101
27 We Surreal Cool
28 Lazy Left
29 When Day With Evening Blending
30 April 2020: