LATEST NEWS: Reading at Leytonstone Library in London on 19 April.Workshops on 18 April and 2nd May in Walthamstow Library. Reading: Poetry Trail Walthamstow 26th May. Reading D&G Arts Fest 28th May. New book of my installation "13 Souls in Search of a Light Switch" available.Advancing a new project "A Strange Guide to Places - poems for a footpath". Working on next collections, "Kin", "Fake", and "Light". Started Murder Mystery in free verse - Owed.
I am a widely published poet who also undertakes installations using words in public spaces. Here you can find out about my work. You can keep up-to-date with events, readings and appearances on my Facebook page.
St Ouen Chapel, St Clémentin, Deux Sevres, France, was the site for my sound and light installation during the St Clémentin bilingual literary festival that took place 31 Aug - 2 Sept.
Thirteen characters are locked inside this chapel. They have come from different times and different places. Each is in the dark and each is looking for a way out. Their endeavours connect them with a universe much bigger than the mundane world. The chapel is truly a place where the timeless intersects with the temporal.
"Its economy is striking, vivid images conjured up in just a few words; the commonplace in counterpoint to the uncommon; well-worn figures of speech shining with new meaning; the profound rubbing up against the everyday and, in the process, teasing out unconsidered layers of meaning."
Liz Thomson, BookBrunch
"I liked the underpinning rhythmic drive, the subtle half-rhymes, and the thought-provoking wit tinged with occasional sensuous/sensual imagery … the referencing to other cultures and belief-systems. You have got a winner of acollection there."
Roger Elkin, former editor of Envoi magazine
It is honest. Nothing false, nothing for effect, above all nothing seemingly simulated. That engaging traveller with eyes wide open and alert to the absurd, the beautiful, the dark, death. It celebrates, mourns, observes, wonders.
I read the book in one go. I look forward to reading it again. I really enjoyed the way the images recalled and fixed similar moments in my own life that otherwise would have gone unnoticed and unremembered. I love the way you recreate speech patterns and sounds in the environment, like the first cuckoo early every spring, they have new layers of significance. Reader reaction to John Hudson's collection, Shed (2011)
"There's intellectual energy at work and a rich frame of reference. There's a sense of place that has both extent and depth. There's also a sense of time, now socio-historical, now intimately poignant, at moments with wit and humour, at others with a starkness that can startle." Kenneth White
"Your 'Write a poem on Glass' is just the thing to rev me up again... A remarkable transcription from the void."
Find out more about my collaborative installation of poetry, film, music and art Toutes Directions, click here.
Anthologies and collections I have edited include the first ever complete poems of William Nicholson (1783-1849), Round About Burns, and 12 Galloway Poets
I am General Editor of Markings Publications and Publishing Director at The Bakehouse poetry performance space. Click here to find out more.