Saturday 20 January 2024


Following the success of our two performance evenings last year (Time & Tide), artist Saintly Amok and I are planning a new live poetry and performance event in Leicester soon. Based on her meditative practice Mudras, and inspired by poetry from the latest issue of Imminent, we are creating a performance within a space filled with art, responding to the current season as we find ourselves emerging from these darker months. If you would enjoy a calming, meditative and contemplative space for an evening, do join us!

Emerge - Friday 9th February 6:30-7:30pm - Leicester Print Workshop


Monday 27 November 2023

Imminent 8 - energy


In the last year I have been grateful to have made contact with artists and poets who are new to me, and have now become part of the Imminent community. Imminent issue 8 is now available, and includes artist Sally Adkins for the first time, as well as Imminent regulars Saintly Amok, Peter Dent, Rupert M Loydell, Andrew Taylor and Chris Turnbull.

Sally Adkins is an artist printmaker based in walking distance of the River Derwent, on the edge of the Peak District in Derbyshire. Her current work explores, through print, the movement of river water, including two images that have been translated from her original etchings into riso prints for Imminent. Sally's work seems perfect for the zine, as she relates them through their titles to poetry, in this instance the work of Alice Oswald.

Sally inspired the conversation that I have aimed to create in the zine between writing and artworks, and led me to read Alice Oswald and write a piece informed by that and the other works in Imminent 8. Tying the works together is the idea of energy, an invisible force which runs through everything, through us and through the elements. Issue 8 explores ways of thinking about energy as a natural force and as an environmental concern.

I have received a few more subscriptions for Imminent in the last few months, and messages from people who have become collectors of the zine, receiving every issue from when I started it in 2020. You can subscribe from my shop page.

You can also browse and buy issues that are still in stock from my Etsy shop.

Thank you for all your support, which helps keep the zine going. It is my labour of love and has built this wonderful community of artists and writers who regularly contribute. I'm also asked more and more to present, talk or perform at events, which I am happy to do, so let me know if you have an event you would like to invite me to!

Friday 25 August 2023

Time and Tide at SOCK

Artist Saintly Amok and I have been asked to repeat our performance of Time and Tide at SOCK gallery in Loughborough.

We'll be performing in the SOCK gallery space (which is in Loughborough Town Hall) on Friday 8th September, 7:30-8:30pm.

Time and Tide was devised by Saintly and me as a result of the publication of her woodblock print in Issue 6 of Imminent (the Red Hot issue). Jointly we wrote a piece inspired by the print, which then developed into a performance which we first performed at Leicester Print Workshop in January. In a subtly staged space, we invite an audience to sit between the to and fro of the tide of our words: we will read from the zine across the space, lead a meditation and respond to our audience's marks on paper. Each performance is unique in that it responds to the thoughts of those who attend. We have found the event to generate a calm and beautiful space for reflection.

If you are in the area and looking for an unusual experience, we hope you will join us. Issues of Imminent will be available for sale.

Sunday 11 June 2023

Imminent Special Offers

It's time to make some space in the store, so I am offering Issues 4, 5 and 6 of IMMINENT for a special price of £10 for all 3, while stocks last.

Issue 4 is the orange issue, held together by ideas of time and landscape: seasonal change, endurance walking, times of day, eons of land formation and climate change.

Issue 5 What the Tide Does is a collaborative issue in blue and yellow. The work is the result of a long distance conversation between me in England and Robert Hogg in Canada, which started in 2021 with swapping poems, books, stories and ideas between us.

Issue 6 is the red hot issue, remembering the heat of the summer months, wild fires and record temperatures, and welcoming the coolness amongst the autumnal colour.

You can order all three copies for £10 + p&p by clicking here.


I'm also offering a gift of my miniature origami to the first 30 orders of Issue 7 (purple). You can order Issue 7 and other individual issues from my new online shop, click here.

Thank you for you support.

Saturday 13 May 2023

Imminent 7 folded

 IMMINENT Issue 7 is folded and creased and being posted to readers.

The very first issue of IMMINENT reflected on the material, including the paper that the zine itself is printed on, as you hold it in your hand. It set the tone for how I have thought about every issue, and with number 7 I'm carrying on exploring thoughts about paper and the link between the conceptual and the tangible.

Thanks to poems by Phil Hall, Deborah Tyler-Bennett, Peter Dent and Mark Goodwin, paper and folding are referenced in different ways. Some of the poems link paper to the natural world and phenomena. I've been playing with folding and origami myself for some time, which I have linked to the gifts of nature and (through the hand-made) the idea of people hand-working with material, bringing one closer to the connection with the material world, which I feel becomes more and more important to sustain. As a result, the first 30 orders of Issue 7 will receive a miniature, hand-folded gift from me.

I've also included a poem by JC Niala that made me think about paper maps, and the relationship between enclosures on the land and colonial map-making. JC has travelled to over 45 countries and lived in 3 continents, gathering stories and performing poetry. Her work Fences is beautifully crafted to consider the cultural differences in thinking about land.


Phil Hall has contributed an extract from his book The Ash Bell, described as a long poem sequence: anthems, letters, journals and aubades; ruminations, cloisters and promises; ogres and custodians.

Mark Goodwin's latest chapbooks are: to 'B' nor as 'tree', published by intergraphia; Of Gone Fox, published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press, and you can read his short essay on poetics and place just published on Briefly Write.

Deborah Tyler-Bennett promotes poetry nights most months at The Needle and Pin in Loughborough, presenting readings by a wide range of poets in a relaxed small venue, which has included me reading from IMMINENT and I hope to do so again.

Peter Dent sends me his work on paper. They arrive in the post, typed and hand-signed, often accompanied by a hand-written letter. Correspondence by Royal Mail is a lovely process when putting together an issue that thinks about paper and the tangible.

As I read the issue page by page, links occur between poems and artworks, and I become aware of the page turning in my hand, and the central fold. I hope you will enjoy the experience too.

You can order IMMINENT Issue 7 from my shop page, and the first 30 orders will receive a hand-folded gift from me. Thank you for your support.

Sunday 23 April 2023

Events imminent

I'm currently preparing the next Issue of IMMINENT to start posting out in May, which is exciting, and there's some great events by artist friends and poets coming up which could interest you. 

Image by Saintly Amok
IMMINENT contributor Saintly Amok is holding a Seed Sankalpa at Primary in Nottingham, on Sunday April 30th. Described as a seed planting workshop and Intention Ritual, the gathering takes inspiration from ceremonies carried out by rural farming communities to honour the land and bless seeds and tools for the coming season of cultivation. I've really enjoyed working with Saintly over the years, and her ritual / meditative workshops are beautifully calming and contemplative experiences. The workshop is free to attend but you need to book. Read more here.

The wonderful Carlisle Poetry Symposium is due to take place on 13th May. This annual event includes free workshops, speakers and poetry readings, open mic and a book table, with a range of poetry books and pamphlets available (including IMMINENT). The Symposium is a generous event, with all sales going directly to the poets to support their work. Read more here.

Do attend an event to support the artists and poets if you can, and if you would like to support IMMINENT you can buy or subscribe on the Shop page at this link.

Thank you.

Sunday 16 April 2023

Of Light: A Celebration of the Poetry of Robert Hogg

Robert Hogg (Source: Facebook Profile)
Another reading of poetry in memory of poet and scholar Robert Hogg will take place on 27th April at Carleton University, Ottawa, where Robert used to teach. Guest speakers will read poems from Robert’s 56+ year publishing career to celebrate his life and poetry.

Speakers include IMMINENT contributors Chris Turnbull and Phil Hall (Phil's poetry will appear in Issue 7 coming out next month), as well as Jennifer Baker, Natalie Hanna, Rob McLennan and Collet Tracey. Read more about this event and the speakers.

Robert Hogg and I collaborated to make issue 5 of IMMINENT, which was published in his final year, 2022. You can read more about Issue 5 What the Tide Does: Port Mann Bridge in my previous blog post.

One of Robert's colleagues at Carleton, Cameron Anstee, wrote a wonderful post about Robert and his poetry at this link. The final photo of Robert illustrates exactly how I think of him: funny, intelligent, kind and open.