27th March Linton Kwesi Johnson, Mark Oakley and I will spend the day deciding the winner of the Ted Hughes Award - and we'll celebrate with the winner and shortlisted authors at the awards ceremony that evening.
28 March, 7.30pm Read Regional reading at Cheadle Library, 23 Ashfield Rd, Cheadle, Stockport SK8 1BB
31st March, 7.30pm Prize Giving Ceremony for the York Poetry Prize (Judge - Clare Shaw), aboard the York Cruises Steamer.
2nd April, 1.30pm SOLD OUT Opening Keynote Speaker at the British and Irish Group for the Study of Personality Disorder International Conference, 2nd-4th April, 2019, Durham, Radisson Blu Hotel.
4th April, 7.15pm Read Regional reading at Morpeth Chantry, Northern Poetry Library, 67A Bridge St, Morpeth, NE61 1PQ
11th April, 6pm Read Regional reading at Cleckheaton Library, Whitcliffe Rd, Cleckheaton, BD19 3DX
25th April, 8pm>Read Regional reading at Hebden Bridge Library, Cheetham St, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8EP
27th April, 2.30pm Read Regional reading at Hull Central Library, Albion St, Hull, HU1 3TF
29th April, 12pmRead Regional reading with John Challis at Wakefield Library, Burton St, Wakefield, WF1 2EB
10th May, 3pm Read Regional reading and Writing workshop at Radcliffe Library, Stand Lane, Manchester, M26 1JA
11th May, 3pm Read Regional reading at Beverley Festival of Words, Beverley Library, Champney Rd, Beverley, HU17 8HE
17th May, 11am Read Regional reading at Write Festival, The Word Library, Market Place, South Shields, NE33 1JF
20th May "Writing Trauma" at the Writing on the Wall Festival, Liverpool, with novelist Winnie M Li. A touring event of author readings, writing workshops and panel discussions, focusing on trauma and gender-based violence in novels, poetry, memoir, plays, and graphic literature. This project was a Royal Society of Literature Award Winner, 2019
27th May-1st June "Words as Pictures and Films" - a 5 day Arvon residential course with co-tutor George Szirtes and guest reader Sophie Collins, at the Hurst, Shropshire.
4th June, 11.30am Read Regional reading with John Challis at Morley Library, Commercial St, Morley, Leeds, LS27 8HZ
5th June, 2.30pm Read Regional reading at Crown Street Library, Darlington, DL1 1ND
8th June, 2.30pm Reader with Ella Duffy and other readers at the Women in Words festival, Manchester Victoria Baths
13th June, 6pm Read Regional reading at Liverpool Central Library, William Brown St, Liverpool L3 8EW
26th June Guest Reader at "Straight to the Point": a five day poetry residential at the Garsdale Retreat led by Jo Bell.
7th July 3pm Reader at "Modern Day Mystics", a Bradford Literature Festival event, Alhambra Studio.