As is customary, here is my end-of-year rundown for 2020. I published 16 poems/prose pieces in 13 literary magazines and anthologies, as well as four articles/guest blog posts.
Academy of the Heart and Mind started off my year by publishing two poems, “I am December” and “Letters”. I’d been trying to publish the latter for a while so was very happy it found a home.
Barely South Review published my Ars Poetica: A Girl Called Poetry in their Fall 2019 Volume 11.1 issue.
The very aesthetically-pleasing Clementine Unbound published my poem “Blushing” in February – one of my many tree-related poems.
The link doesn’t appear to be working at the moment, but Nine Muses Poetry published my poem “Little Changes” in March.
“Iceland”, one of my favourite poems I’ve ever written, appeared in this beautiful handmade issue of Ethel Zine.
My poem “Dials” was published in Bluepepper. A super-short cancery poem.
Marías at Sampaguitas published my poem “Elveden”, which you may be able to guess is about Center Parcs at Elveden forest – and how stunning it is over the Christmas period.
I was so pleased when Silent Auction Magazine accepted my poem “Ward 31” for publication! I submitted this one a lot, and really wanted someone else to love it, too.
Trouvaille Review published my poem “The cacti know what they are” – some garden commentary that was very fun to write.
Door Is A Jar Magazine published three of my poems – “Translated”, “Summer Put Out” and “Some lust” in their Fall 2020 issue.
My poem “Advert” appeared in The Emma Press Anthology of Illness. It’s cancer satire at its most fun, and it was an honour to appear in this anthology and read at the launch.
My poem “sounds imported from up north” was published in Mancunian Ways Anthology and I got the opportunity to read at the virtual book launch, too!
The Daily Drunk published my poem “A List of Cheeses and their Applications” in November. It does what it says on the tin.
As for articles, I started off the year on a bit of a glum note with “Happy New Year, or Happy New Fear?” at Elephants and Tea.
My cancer story was published at Bowel Cancer UK earlier this year.
I also had my article “Knowing I have Lynch syndrome has saved my life twice” published over at Bowel Cancer UK.
And for a taster of my upcoming memoir, my womb cancer story was published over at Womb Cancer Support UK.
In 2021, I have a poem “Cheeks and Trumpets” appearing in BOMBFIRE in January, my memoir is coming out on 7th February, and I hope I will have plenty more to add this time next year!