For the past two years I’ve been working on a new book of poems. The book is called Kumukanda which roughly translates from Luvale, my father’s mother tongue, as ‘the initiation’ or just ‘initiation’. It’s the name given to the rites a young Luvale boy passes through before he is considered
As the cold weather draws in, it’s nice to be reminded of summer. Here’s the, distinctly summery, video for a track I recorded with Darkstorm. ‘Bittersweet’ appears on Darkstorm’s Debut album, Mind Like Water, released on limited edition cassette and digital download.
I’m very pleased to be editing issue 62 of Magma, with the assistance of Chris Kerr. I’ve been a fan of the magazine for a while and am looking forward to being surprised by the poems that come in. The call for contributions is here.
Some of you might know that, as well as poems, I write songs. As it happens, it was songwriting that got me into poetry. After taking a break from recording songs I’m happy to be back in the studio working on new material. Here’s a track from an EP I’m
In his review of The Salt Book of Younger Poets, Dai George noted that the present seems a particularly good time to be a young British poet. George cites, among other things, the active literary culture to which many twenty-something poets are contributing as evidence of this and, if the
My final, full, day in Abu Dhabi (June 6th) started early with me leading workshops for three school groups. It was great fun to work with students with such a highly developed sensibility for poetry. I particularly enjoyed hearing some poems the students had written in the local Nabati style
Tuesday was a slightly shorter day with just one engagement: a drama/playwriting workshop at Zayed University. I had a great time leading this session as we spent the session creating a play from scratch starting with some improv, deciding on a location, deciding on the characters and so on. The
I am writing this from a hotel room in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The British Council invited me here to take part in an event at Manarat Al Saadiyat on Saadiyat Island on Wednesday called Artscape of World Cultures. I snapped the pic above on the way to the arrivals gate
Wow…it’s been some time. Part of the reason for my absence from the blogosphere is that I’ve been busy with the usual teaching and gigging and keeping the wolf from the door but I’ve also been working on a pamphlet of poems which is now available from those purveyors of