‘Science as the Spark’ at Cambridge Science Festival

Pocket Horizon, Valley Press.
Pocket Horizon, Valley Press.

Join us at the Cambridge Science Festival on Thursday, 20 March for a lively panel discussion with authors whose work involves equal portions of art and science.

How has scientific inquiry lead to literary works? Why is the literary presentation of science relevant to scientists and society?

A panel including Chris Beckett, Dave Clements, Laura Dietz, and Kelley Swain will skirt the ‘inspiring science!’ cliche to ask illuminating questions, including why scientists and historians who can communicate in any genre, and artists who can draw on any inspiration, choose to structure their work at the intersection of these fields.

The panel will be led by Dr. John Holmes, Chair of the British Society for Literature and Science.

The organisers thank the British Society for Literature and Science for its generous grant in support of the event.

‘Opera di Cera’ at Shakespeare’s Globe

Valley Press
Published by Valley Press

This title both is and is not what it sounds like – but who can resist such a thing?

I’ve been invited to present a 15-minute talk about creating my verse drama, Opera di Cera, at the Oxford-Globe Forum for Medicine and Drama in Practice, the theme of which, this year, is ‘Amputation and Body Parts’.

This is indeed very exciting, and also, hopefully a step in the right direction towards the possibility of Opera di Cera onstage.

The newly-opened Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at The Globe would be the best possible setting. Candlelight; waxworks; poems about candles and wax…and body parts…after all, I’d like to hold a performance in La Specola itself, but it would make for rather pricey tickets.

Opera di Cera is going to be published by Valley Press in the next few weeks!

You can already order it here.

Watch this space for news about the book launch: all welcome.

February with Venus


Join us at the Museum of London on Valentine’s Day to indulge in this ‘City of Seduction’, including poetry readings – sexy, sultry, stimulating…come find out…

If that isn’t enough of a night with Venus, and you’d like to explore her darker side, come to Bart’s Pathology Museum on 20th Feb. Anna Maerker will give a talk on the wax models of La Specola, Florence, and I will read from Opera di Cera.

It’s been an exciting month, with the pleasure of editing my two forthcoming poetry books: Opera di Cera is due out with Valley Press in Feb, and Atlantic is due out with Cinnamon Press in May. The anticipation of waiting for these books is delicious.

It was a special delight to receive a collection of bookmarks from the artist herself for my birthday – Badaude’s ‘Readwomen2014’ concept that has been a worldwide success – as well it should! It’s an honour to be included on the list.

As my creative writing tutor used to say, ‘Go forth, and write!’ – Or read…