Hackney Panic No. 17

Reading at the Eyewear 20/20 Summer Pamphlet Launch, London, July 2015

Reading at the Eyewear 20/20 Summer Pamphlet Launch, London, July 2015

Books and Pamphlets from Eyewear Publishing

Books and Pamphlets from Eyewear Publishing

I went to London last week to read for Eyewear Publishing, and man, did I have a good a time! There I am on the left doing just that; reading and having a good time. 

I am completely thrilled to say that I will be the Poet No. 17 in the Eyewear 20/20 Pamphlet Series, edited by Les Richardson and designed by Edwin Smet. My pamphlet will be launched this coming November - hardly any time to wait!

If you would like to check out the poets on the current list of 16 in the series (and buy their pamphlets), you can do that here. I had the opportunity to read with seven of these fantastic poets last Tuesday; V.A. Sola Smith, Samantha Jackson, Damilola Odelola, Keith Jarrett, Leilanie Stewart, and none other than Georges Szirtes.

I also finally got to meet Todd Swift in Maida Vale after considerable anticipation, and some panic. I got lost the moment I left the flat in Hackney, despite a hand-drawn map made by my good friend and hostess, Hannah. Those who know me will not be surprised...Todd was very understanding about my ineptitude, and we had a great meeting that roughly covered Ferlinghetti, Shutter Island, and robot writing. 

Writer and Guardian Employee of the Month, Megan Nolan

Writer and Guardian Employee of the Month, Megan Nolan

Deffo one of the best parts of being in London (apart from using all the free testers in Liberty) was seeing the ladies what art. I had burgers and wine and popcorn with writer and darling of The GuardianMegan NolanAisling Fahy, the Young Poet Laureate of London, and actor, Hannah James-Scott. It was lovely to have their support at the reading and it gave me a glimpse into what looks like strong poetry community in London. 

Know this; there is no "I" in Eyewear.

My fave thing in Hannah's flat. Custom-made by Jean Roberts.

My fave thing in Hannah's flat. Custom-made by Jean Roberts.