Monday, 25 July 2011

New Blog location

I have decided to archive this blog site and continue blogging on my newly redesigned UrbanWords website. Please join me there....

Monday, 20 June 2011

Poetry Hoardings up in South Kilburn

Three hoardings with writing by Aoife Mannix, Simon Porter, Niall O'Sullivan and local residents are now up on three building sites in South Kilburn. See for more information about the project.

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Studio at the Elephant - launch event Friday 4th March

On Friday March 4th 2011 Studio at the Elephant will launch. The project is a celebration of the Elephant's history and a community leading up to an intense programme of regeneration.

The functional multi purpose space acts as a studio/ workshop/ drop in area WELCOMING ALL. It will host artist's residencies, workshops, live events and discussions.

For more information or to get involved, please email Rebecca or Eva at In the meantime, please keep checking the blog for updates and news on the programme of activities.

Launch event Friday 4 March 2011, 6pm onwards

Friday, 26 November 2010

Winter Garden

Over the winter months, I will be tending a Winter Garden of words on my Word Garden blog.

Inspired by the idea of a garden designed to be at its best during the winter months (whether outside or under an elaborate glass structure), I will use the Word Garden blog as a space to grow ideas for a new piece of writing, to be completed in Spring 2011.

To do this, I need your help. From December through to February I’ll be putting together a collection of words, images and ideas. Please visit the blog and answer the question: What would feature in your perfect Winter Garden? Winter Gardens that don’t have the protection of glass canopies are creative in their use of colour, texture, light and smell; so I’ll be focussing on those four elements. Leave a list, a poem, a description, or just a single word.

I’ll be blogging each week, sharing extracts and ideas as they grow towards a final piece, which might be a story, might be a poem, or might be something completely different….

Image: bortescristian

Thursday, 30 September 2010

Voices in Print - New Commission from Stream

Stream Arts have just announced a new commission for a print-based project as part of their Voices strand.
They are looking to commission a print-based project which adopts an innovative approach to the theme of ‘Voices’, focussing on the experiences of Peninsula residents and giving voice to the diversity of people living and working in the area. The project should draw upon the extensive material that was collected during the previous Voices projects, using this research as the basis of the project, and making use of the new Voices website, which has interactive and social media elements, to generate discussion and communication (

More info here:

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Thoughts on writing and the city....

Check out David Ogunmuyiwa's fabulous guest blog for the South Bank Centre's Global Poetry System...

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

From Manchester Rain to Antarctic Dreams

I'm guest curator for the Southbank Centre's gorgeous Global Poetry System this week. Visit the site to see my journey through the found poems on a global poetry map.

Throughout August, the four members of the Found Materials network, of which I'm part, will be selecting 8 featured poems from the site.