Being Beta

Exercises in the higher banter with One of 26. Elsewhere called 'poet of adland'. By a whipple-squeezer. Find out why being beta is the new alpha: betarish at googlemail dot com

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Poetry: me reading at the Southbank Centre

Well, at the Purcell Room, last month, for the launch of Ten, which makes an excellent Christmas gift, I hear.


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Poetry: 'Hannah, Are You Listening?' review

I've written a review of the excellent Happenstance pamphlet by Hamish Whyte, over at Sabotage Reviews.


Thursday, November 20, 2014

32 first drafts of new words

Made up by me, over at Medium.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Poetry: Stanza's Map of Scotland in poems

For most of the last year, the StAnza festival has been attempting to document Scotland through poems – a genius idea, I'm sure you'll agree.

The map is now live, and you can find it here. It's an eye-popping cavalcade of poems about place; just click on one of the pins to be transported to the words.

I've written a wee thing about Lerwick (confession: I've not yet visited – do give me a reason to, someone). And they're still on the hunt for poems for all the places not yet reached, so do suggest one, write one even.


Monday, November 17, 2014

Poetry: #2015poetrytrends

In case you missed them last week, I had a stab at predicting what might happen in the poetry world next year...


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Commercial: Soundcloud's Berlin Wall

Worth drawing your attention to if you've not already seen it... There's been much cant spoken about how and whether brands can use events from history for their own ends. The following from Soundcloud shows not only that it can be done, but also, perhaps, how.


Sunday, November 09, 2014

Poetry: TweetPoemCrit


Friday, November 07, 2014

Poetry: Rialto Poetry School editors development programme

Did I tell you I was doing the above said thing? Well, if I didn't – there's the news.

And over at Campus I've blogged my initial reaction to the first pile of poems I've been reading through. Expect more over the next few months.


Monday, November 03, 2014

Poetry: In case you missed it department

'22 March...' was in the FT at the weekend. As you do. No, I couldn't believe it either.

As I believe I am contractually obliged to say at this point: buy the book