Poetry reading @ Experiments In Fiction

In case you haven’t seen it yet, Ingrid from Experiments in Fiction has posted a reading of my poem Dunston Checks Out on her website, as part of an ongoing series of readings from the anthology The Anthropocene Hymnal.

If you’d like to watch the video, or watch it again if you’ve seen it already, just click the image below and it will take you there.

Out now: Anthropocene Hymnal

This beautifully presented anthology collects poems from around the world and together they form a poetic response to the joint crises of climate change and biodiversity loss.

The anthology is the brainchild of Ingrid Wilson, a poet and writer whose passion for natural conservation is evident in her work.

I was lucky enough to have one of my poems chosen to be a part of this collection. And I’m proud to announce that all the proceeds from the sale of this anthology will go to WWF!

You can pre-order The Anthropocene Hymnal Kindle Edition on Amazon. The official release date is 24 July 2021. A paperback version is coming soon and you will also be able to purchase an e-book from Ingrid herself on her website.


My mother
who made me
who drew elements from the stars to do so

she holds me

accountable for my actions
She is a tough teacher and
her lesson is urgent

She holds me

down when I try to turn away
She sleeps with locked doors, provides
no gateway to the stars

She holds me

responsible for her grief
I owe her the stars, and
her gifts should not go to waste

She holds me

cradles and supports me

and I owe her because she made me.

This poem was written for a prompt by @mghughesauthor on Instagram.