Parlez-vous Francais?

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.

A poem with your pint?

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.

New Anthologies

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…]

July 2016

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…]

Saboteur Awards Shortlist

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…]

The Divinity of Monkeys

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.

The Inspirational Fox

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.