Oz’s six-part poem ‘The Firefox Suite’ has been published by The Origami Poems Project as one of their free, downloadable micro-chapbooks. Simply click here, print it out and, with a couple of folds, you have a tiny book bursting with vulpine goodness.
Two of Oz’s poems with French themes, ‘Hitch-Hiking in French Cinema’ and ‘Exchange,’ have been translated into French and appear on the D’Ailleurs Poésie site here. More will follow shortly.
Oz’s poem ‘The Plan’ is one of eight to appear on beer mats throughout Yorkshire, thanks to OWF Press. 6,000 beer mats are being distributed in support of OWF’s new anthology, Half Moon: Poems about Pubs, in which Oz has two poems. You can order a copy here.
During the summer, Oz’s work has appeared in a number of journals, but of particular note are these anthologies: 154: To celebrate Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary, Live Canon invited 154 contemporary poets to respond to the 154 sonnets. Each new poem sits facing the sonnet from which it took inspiration. Remembering Oluwale: David Oluwale was hounded … [Read more…]
Although less conspicuous this year, Oz has been far from inactive, with poems in many journals and anthologies. He has also been working on a number of collaborations, with a number of Sankakei performances at literature festivals. The House of Memory, co-created with composer Peter Byrom-Smith, received its premiere in York last month, and plans … [Read more…]
Close as Second Skins has been getting a really positive response and some lovely reviews. The Saboteur review by Steve Nash can be found Saboteur Review.
Oz has been shortlisted in two categories for the Saboteur Awards 2015. The pamphlet, Close as Second Skins, co-written with Amina Alyal, has been nominated in the Best Collaborative Work category, and Oz has made the shortlist for Best Spoken Word Performer. The winners will be selected by public vote, open until 24th May. To … [Read more…]
Oz’s poem, ‘In Praise of Monkeys,’ features in Radio 4’s Something Understood for Sunday 1st March, in which Sir Mark Tully discusses the divinity (& otherwise) of monkeys in different belief systems. It can be listened to throughout March here.
Inspired by the poem ‘A Train and a Fox’ artist Nigel Follett’s painting, This is not Adlestrop, can be seen (and prints ordered from) here. Nigel’s work has been internationally acclaimed, and this tip of the hat is an honour indeed.
Oz’s interview with Elly Fiorentini on BBC Radio York is available to listen to again here until 11th November.