My pamphlet, Interned at the Food Factory, was published by Indigo Dreams on 7 January 2019. The poems are dedicated to anyone who might describe their relationship with food as ‘complicated’.
Reception of the poems, prior to and following publication, has been pleasing. Observations received have so far included the following:
From Brett Evans, poet and editor of Prole magazine:
From Dawn Bauling, Indigo Dreams Publishing:
“Full of wit and cheeky humour but a nonetheless serious intent. This collection has a real glisten to it – that makes you want to read on and on…”
From Poet Deborah Harvey:
“So much that resonates … What I really like about it, though, is the exuberance that offsets the sadness; that was unexpected. I found it very funny and very earthy.”
From poet Belinda Rimmer:
“A sense of menace runs throughout the book. Food comes to fill in gaps of many shapes and sizes, to compensate for lack? There are lighter tones too – food is treated playfully and lovingly, as well as with disgust. This is a place where self-denial and overindulgence collide. Everyday language is used in surprising ways….Wonderful and painful poetry.”
From poet Dee Russell-Thomas:
“ I very much enjoyed reading this…food for plenty of thought and a most apt dedication. Well done on a perceptive collection of painful poetry.
From Anna Saunders, poet and founder-director of Cheltenham Poetry Festival:
“… an excellent collection … Vivid and sparky and original. Beautifully written”.
Thank you to all the above poets for taking time to read the poems with perception and understanding. Your kind comments are much appreciated.
Food Factory on Tour
The following readings from Interned at The Food Factory are coming up this year. (Open to further invitations; please contact me to arrange).
Evesham Library – 10 May
(thanks to Sue Johnson and Susan Ablett)
Cirencester – 20 June
Corinium Radio Writers’ Room programme
(thanks to Rona Laycock)
Wells, The Fountain – 1 July
(Thanks to Ama Bolton)
Welshpool, Verbatim – 29 July
(thanks to Pat Edwards)
Poetry Café London – 25 September, with Brett Evans, Holly Magill and Marie Lightman. (With thanks to The Poetry Society)
Gloucester Poetry Festival with Sarah Leavesley, David Ashbee, Roger Turner and David Dohren at The Folk Museum, Gloucester – 26 October,
(thanks to Ziggy Dicks)