November 4th 2019
A few new things have found their way on to the sketchbook.

September 16th 2019
You can read, did you know, a new poem of mine online at the Northern New England Review.

August 19th 2019
Some fine folks have created a Subreddit for Buttercup Festival discussion, so get on over and discuss if that's your thing. There is also a fan-run facebook page. And hey, do you have any interest or involvement in opera? Composer Joel Rust and I are looking for partners to help bring our science fiction opera to the stage (or clever non-traditional venue).

July 8th 2019
Here is some news which has basically nothing to do with Buttercup Festival: my book Ted Hughes and Christianity has just been published by Cambridge University Press. At least, it's been published in the UK; the US listing will come online next month and is available for pre-order. Like most academic books it's silly expensive, but if you want to read it you can try requesting a purchase through your public or college library, and this flyer has a code for 20% off. It's 250 pages of theorizing on poetry and theology, it features a whopping big chunk of Sylvia Plath discussion, and it has index entries for Pearl Jam and John Denver.

There are a few new armadillo things on the sketchbook.

May 6th 2019
Two recent pictures have been added to the sketchbook.

March 18th 2019
I'm taking part in a couple poetry readings this month. Both events will feature motley international crews. If you're a Lancashire or Yorkshire person, please come along and say hi.

Thursday March 21st: World Poetry Day: 7pm, Livesey House, Heatley Street, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, PR1 2XR.

Friday March 29th: Wretched Strangers: Poetry & Migration: 7pm, Waterstones, 15 Coney Street, York, YO1 9QL.

And speaking of poetry, I have two poems in the latest issue of Alaska Quarterly Review.

February 4th 2019
So starts Buttercup Festival Series 3! There are three new strips to kick things off, and a new strip will appear every Monday. I plan to keep this series going for a long, long time. Hard to believe it's been five years since Series 2 ended. Five years! What have I been doing? I had another kid. I did a PhD, and a book related to that will be out with Cambridge University Press in July. I wrote the words for an opera called The Conifers. I've added some detail to the About page if you're curious to know more.

There are beautiful new Buttercup Festival t-shirts for sale from the good folks at TopatoCo. If you buy a shirt, send me a picture of you wearing it, and maybe I'll put it just to the right there, instead of the boring product image I've got right now.

There are prints for sale as usual, and I've decided to start selling my original artwork. Hang a little piece of me on your wall.

Thanks for reading, everyone. It's good to be back.

September 2018
Last month gave Joel Rust and I the chance to work with even more fabulous people on The Conifers, our sci-fi opera. And I have four new poems in the excellently named journal Meat For Tea (the lotus blossom issue), plus two poems in the recent issue of Under the Radar.

June 2018
New things in the sketchbook. If you live in southeast England, maybe come to this event on August 24th and listen to about half of the opera I have been writing with Joel Rust, followed by a q&a session. I have a poem in Wretched Strangers, a new anthology for an age of migrants.

September 2017
It's been too long, it's been too long. As I write this I'm in the final throes of my PhD, weighing up options for the future. The giddy slipstream of change and uncertainty. There are a bunch of new pieces in the sketchbook (the last new one is the sketch featuring the BF guy). And speaking of the Buttercup Festival guy, I thought I'd teasingly mention that the notebook in which I write scripts for future BF strips now has over 60 entries, and I've put drawing pen to paper on a few new strips for a new series. Don't hold your breath, not just yet. But things are slowly, slowly in the works.

Other creative projects? It's been a great year of working on The Conifers (formerly called Blue Fire), the opera I'm writing with Joel Rust with support from Aldeburgh Music, who have given us the chance to workshop material with some wonderful singers and musicians. Here's a little interview we gave about it.

I've got a couple new poems over at Antiphon Review (there are audio recordings of me reading them, if that sort of thing thrills you).

Renaming of the Birds has now sold out: the last thirteen copies were bought in fine style by a small Canadian start-up that wanted a copy each for their board members.

This means that there's not much left to buy here, but anyone looking for a lovely gift for themselves and/or someone else is encouraged to check out Standing in the Sea, a postcard collaboration with my excellent printmaking friend Laurie. Each set is £ 5 + shipping. Can we tempt you?

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Thanks for stopping by. Don't be a stranger, now.

August 2016
Hi all. It's been a busy summer so far, not least because our second child was born in June. There's some new stuff on the sketchbook page, maybe more in a few weeks. (old news)

May 2016
There are nine new drawings on the sketchbook page. I forgot to mention this in the January update: I have a two-page color comic featuring the guy from Renaming of the Birds in Over the Line, a great anthology of "poetry comics." And Joel Rust and I have just been awarded Jerwood Opera Writing Fellowships to help us develop Blue Fire, a science-fiction opera we are currently writing.

January 2016
I've just added a chunk of new artwork to the sketchbook page. I recently contributed three blog posts to the blog for Carcanet's New Poetries VI: one, two and three. There are just a few dozen copies of Renaming of the Birds left to buy. I think that's all the news for now. Sometimes I get emails asking if and when Buttercup Festival will restart. The answers to those questions are (1) yes, but (2) no time soon. My days are busy with lots of interesting things, but not, sadly, comics. But I do have a notebook dedicated to ideas and jokes for future BF strips: 48 and counting. So there is hope!

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