New poem

‘A bird i catch || to eat’

Second prize in the Mslexia Poetry Contest,

Read it in the print version of

Mslexia, no.93.


‘Language flies around the page … and

finally lands as a small bird.’

— Judge Pascale Petit

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I'm in this on Friday with Burmese poet Ko Ko Thett. It's a UK-Japan collaboration in Norwich at the National Writers Centre. Just found out that fellow readers include my UEA MA poetry professors Tiffany Atkinson and Jeremy Noel-Todd. #no pressure. Arghh. Luckily Ko is published by the same Singapore publisher as me, @ethosbooks, & is very chill. I'm reading a new tenka sequence about a know-maker & Ko responds with his poem, I don't want to be a samurai. @writerscentre #poetry @uealdc ...

If you are in Norwich, UK, and seek amusement this afternoon, shelter from muggy weather, or urgent info on the end of the world, pop by Oxfam. #poetry ...

Happy to say that I've got a poem, 'chickadee', in the next issue of bath magg (described by The Writers' Compass as home to the UK's best new writing).
bath magg!!
Thanks, you amazing editorial team of Issue 10.
The online launch on Sept 1, 7pm British Summer Time (Singapore, sept 2 2am; NZ, 6am sept 2).
Hear poets in the issue including Chen Chen, (yes!) and 19-year-old rising star, Eric Yip of Hongkong.
And fellow Poetry MA scholar @wordsbyperla is in there, too! Super-pleased for Perla.
@bebravemycaptain @uealdc @thepoetrysociety @thebookhive @thesocietyofauthors @nzsocietyofauthors
#poetry #norwich #LossAdjustment

Check out this new podcast complete with poem prompt from me. @poetrynonstop in the UK discusses my collection Sign Language for the Death of Reason and how to address difficult experiences through poetry. You can buy my book at The Book Hive in Norwich or @booksactually or @kinokuniya_singapore. The interviewer is poet @patrickwiddess who has recently shared about his late-adult diagnosis of autism. #podcast #poetry #mentalhealth @bebravemycaptain @expressing_through_salummy @uealdc ...

Nice review of brilliant NZ poet Tayi Tibble in the UK's Guardian (see below). I was lucky enough to be in Tayi's class in the MA in Creative Writing 2017 at IIML, Victoria University of Wellington. Was writing a memoir (Loss Adjustment) at the time, but the poets in the class were a huge influence - and I'm now doing an MA in Poetry at UEA. The review also includes Caroline Bird, so Tayi is in amazing company. #poetry @bebravemycaptain @sophiepoetry @sam_duckor_jones @_claireoloughlin @cyrilsingstheblues @uealdc Here's the review: ...

Gorgeous cover, yeah?! Available for pre-order, this anthology includes a poem by me, End Notes. It's compiled by the Creative Writing Society of the University of East Anglia, UK. My thanks to Egg Box Publishing.
End Notes is informed by Singapore poet Hamid Roslan's parsetreeforestfire, and by feedback from fellow MA students Oliver Shrouder, Ella Finch, and Olivia Tuck among others about Tara Bergin's Notes from the Arboretum, & Nabokov's Pale Fire.
It looks at personal, linguistic, and sovereign state identity, and the tension between creative and academic writing. #poetry @ueacws @uealdc @bebravemycaptain @elsiefinch_99 @oshrouder @oliverxhancock @expressing_through_salummy @eneidaescribe @marbledmayhem @theherbariumprints
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Nice to get a mention in the latest e-zine of The Poetry Society. #poetry #signlanguageforthedeathofreason #amwriting ...

At London Book Fair with @jacarandaliteraryagency, writer @kavitha.m.rao & and UEA students including @byadrija Adrija Ghosh; @expressing_through_salummy Salma Yusuf; @bebravemycaptain Olivia Tuck; @oshrouder Oliver Shrouder #LBF22 #books Pic: @oliverxhancock @litsocuea @ueacws @londonbookfair ...

Part of a poetry lightbox event curated by dear poet friend Sarah Scott in Wellington, New Zealand. This piece is by Tessa Scott, who writes: ‘For the next 3 weeks, you can wander down to the corner of Arthur & Cuba in Te Whanganui-a-Tara/Wellington and visit my hybrid poem/image "the flowering woman, or, Daphne in Te Aro" in the Thistle Hall Lightbox 🎉 I’m so grateful to poet and curator extraordinaire Sarah Scott @theherbariumprints for the opportunity.’
#poetry #wellington

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