Joy, Death & Second Editions – starting a poetry zine in Shanghai

The second edition usually cements the first. With the initial impetus, there’s a lot of excitement, a lot of ideas and a lot of learning. By the time the paper dust has cleared, you are a few months down the line and planning a second one. There’s a feeling like, ‘so we’re doing this.’ By […]


Hi everyone, we’re now accepting submissions for the first IHOP zine! We’d love you to send us up to 3 of your best poems on the theme of ‘Crossings’ / ‘路口’ by 30th September 2016. Details: *Send poems to *Entrants should be China based *Poems can be written & submitted in Chinese or English […]

Poetry found in leaflet on Carston Höller’s ‘Decision’, Hayward Gallery, June 2015

When we look jointly we see a mirror lens to invert his vision, the impression of presence, the passage of time. Another timepiece. At moments within these dark corridors, moments of rupture, it meanders, the decisive moment, like a pair of restless, insomniac twins. They can no longer be sure the length of time in […]

10 Hour Day

Breakfast egg, half-lopped & scalped, the morning gold of yolk on white. Early sun on eastern walls, dancing crystal golden light. Dusty-gold of patient books, unread on shelves, leaning or straight. In dusk, apartment faces gleam – windows high on winter’s night. Yellow cat’s eyes glitter late – curious slits of golden sight.


I’ve been trying out new things both on a personal level (poetry) and a professional level (teaching); mainly I’ve been looking at creating StoryCube through the excellent Bookleteer site. It’s quite a fun visual way of publishing material & I’d like to start getting children’s stories and poems printed as StoryCubes to display in class. […]