Thrilled to have a poem in retro video game anthology Hit Points

There aren’t many poetry anthologies celebrating playing retro video games so very excited to be included in the anthology published by Broken Sleep Books. The book comes in two variants Mario red or Luigi green. Click on the link below for further details.

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Next Up programme

I’m absolutely delighted to have been awarded a place on the Next Up programme ran by The Literary Consultancy and Creative Future, who are providing a year long mentoring and development programme for ten writers funded by novelist Claire McGowan.

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A Girl in a Blue Dress – one year on

It’s been a strange time to publish a poetry book. Looking back to my launch I didn’t think promotion would be particularly easy, but wasn’t prepared for the ‘no live poetry gigs’ Klaxon – agh!

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I had my book launch at Colpitts Poetry Durham in December 2019 and headlined at the first Words on the Wall in Hexham March 2020. The book got great reviews, including – Northern Soul Poetry Review: a girl in a blue dress by Rachel Burns & 21ST-CENTURY POETRY Praise-songs for memorable women | Morning Star (

Another positive thing about the last year is the sheer volume and access to poetry courses and events online, Jo Bell’s Try to Praise the Mutilated World – poetry writing project & Aldeburgh Festival for example. I’ve also seen opportunities for disabled artists in the way of sponsored/ discounted places on poetry courses.

Currently I’m working towards a first collection so watch this space!