This month I'll be performing at a number of venues. On 12 June, 2014, I'll be at the Old Rectifying House, Worcester, at 7pm where Tim Cranmore, the Worcestershire Poet Laureate, will be launching his new book, "Barred". Polly Robinson will also be giving leading a reading of her booklet collection of poems on Chatterton, and I will be reading "The Father".
Worcestershire LitFest and Fringe begins on 20 June, 2014, and I'm participating in a number of exciting events throughout the festival. For more info on the festival, head on over to www.worcslitfest.co.uk - it promises to be better than ever this year, as we head into the fourth year, with a fresh, passionate, approachable, selfless, friendly and highly talented team at the helm this time.
On Friday 20 June, 2014, at 7pm head on down to the Worcester Guildhall, where Tim Cranmore's successor will be chosen, as I am one of the six finalists for the Worcester Poet Laureate 2014-15 competition. I wish the very best of luck to all participants, because whoever wins, we are assured of a wonderful night and a talented winner. Tickets are £4.
Later that Friday night, also on 20 June, 2014, head on over to the other side of the river, to the Old Hills, Callow End, where a midnight poetry walk is taking place, including readings by yours truly. It is with some excitement and fear that I approach this event, because I can't see in the dark, but it will also be an invigorating new venue, doing poetry in the open air! It is something I've not done before, so I hope it doesn't rain!
Next, head on over on 25 June, 2014, to 42 at Drummonds, New Street, Worcester, doors open at 7pm, where I'll be reading on one of the most outstanding nights in the genre calendar, as it's the 42 Festival Special.
On 26 June, 2014, head back to our familiar venue of the Old Rectifying House, Worcester, for a poem from my forthcoming poetry collection "Billy". I'll be performing this at SpeakEasy Worcester.
To finish off the week and the month, we're back in Drummonds on 29 June, 2014 from 5pm onwards to take part in the Worcestershire Poetry Slam 2014. It promises to be a great night, with numerous well-known and new poets from across the region competing for the title. It'll be the first Slam I've participated in, and I'm looking forward to it immensely!
And after that? I'm going to have a long rest... until next month.