Tears in the Fence is an internationalist non-profit literary magazine based in the U.K. It provides critical reviews of recent books, anthologies and pamphlets and essays on a diversity of significant modern and contemporary English and American poets. Each issue features a number of regular columnists adding wide focus and independent thought on the contemporary poetry world.
I am very grateful to share that Tears in the Fence have recently published this review of my debut Moveable Type (New Writing North and Arts Council England, 2020). 'The final stanza in this poem is a reminder of how her own journey as Traveller, academic and poet has involved a certain ‘kicking back’ inside mainstream society'
The review, extract above, was written by Sarah Wimbush, who comes from Doncaster and currently lives in Leeds. The poems in her new pamphlet Bloodlines (Seren) are rooted in Yorkshire with tales of childhood, colliery villages, and as with my own mediations, her poems spring from Wimbush's own Gypsy Traveller heritage. A winner of both the Mslexia Poetry Competition (2016) and the Mslexia/PBS Poetry Pamphlet Competition (2019), she received a New North Poet Award with the Poetry School/New Writing North in 2019.
A huge thank you to Sarah whose work I admire and enjoy very much.