30.06.18 - Chairing the panel 'Becoming a Reviewer' at the National Writers' Conference, Birmingham
28.06.18 - Performing my new work Balanuve - poetry of the urban uncanny set to photographs by Phil Thomson, with electronic soundscapes by Tom Tebby, at Phil Thomson's Arts Lab, 1000 Trades, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham
23.06.18 - Participating in the Nine Arches Press 10th Anniversary celebration, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham City University
30.05.18 - 27.06.18 - Teaching Advanced Poetry, a short course for Writing West Midlands
25.04.18 - Hosting the Birmingham launch of Sean O'Brien's new poetry collection, Europa, with guest readings, Birmingham City University
22.04.18 - Workshop on Coleridge for the contemporary poet, and poetry reading, Mid-Wales Arts Centre, for the Inspired in Caersws Festival
26.03.18 - Guest of the Day for the Housman Birthday Commemoration, Housman Society, Bromsgrove
11.03.18 - Poem commissioned for the gala opening of the new Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and presented to its Patron, HRH Prince Edward
17.02.18 - Chairing Saturday night headline event at Verve Poetry and Spoken Word Festival, with Hannah Lowe, Sandeep Parmar and Pascale Petit
09.02.18 - Chairing book launch of Clare Morrall, The Last of the Greenwoods, at Waterstones Birmingham
26.11.17 - Poetry reading at Shrewsbury Festival of Literature
16.11.17 - Poetry reading at Phil Thomson's Arts Lab, Birmingham and Midland Institute
09.10.17 - Chairing 'Who Needs Nature?' at Birmingham Literature Festival
03.10.17 - Poetry reading at Poetry Alight, The Kings Head, Lichfield
30.09.17 - Poetry reading with Rishi Dastidar at Free Verse Poetry Book Fair, Conway Hall, London
16.09.17 - Poetry reading at Poetry Bites, Kitchen Garden Cafe, Kings Heath, Birmingham
16.09.17 - Reading as part of the Coleridge Autumn Study Weekend, Halsway Manor, Crowcombe
14.08.17 - Poetry reading, with Michael O'Neill, at the Wordsworth Summer Conference, Rydal
19.07.17 - Compere and reader at the Nine Arches Press Summer Poetry Party, Waterstones Birmingham
18.07.17 - Poetry reading at The Oxford Retreat, Oxford for Breathe Oxford and Life of Breath
09.07.17 - Poetry reading at Ledbury Poetry Festival, 'Enemies Project': poetry in collaboration with Myra Connell
01.07.17 - Panellist on 'The Lady of Shalott: Tennyson's Camelot' at Bradford Literature Festival
16.06.17 - Reading at Birmingham and Midland Institute, with Patrick McGuinness, Anna Lawrence and Derek Littlewood
10.06.17 - Chairing panel on 'How writers keep going' at the National Writers' Conference, for Writing West Midlands
18.05.17 - Reading at Vanguard, with Rishi Dastidar, Jacqueline Saphra, Joey Connolly, Polly Atkin and Kate Wakeling, at the Peckham Pelican, London
16.05.17 - Guest poet at Ledbury Poetry Salon, for Ledbury Poetry Festival, Hellens Manor, Much Marcle
23.04.17 - Interviewing Alys Fowler on her book Hidden Nature, for Birmingham Literature Festival Spring Edition
11.04.17 - Poetry reading at the Clifton Club, Bristol, as part of Romanticism in Bristol and Beyond, 1797, 1817, 2017: A Bicentennial Conference
22.03.17 - Introducing Valley Press showcase reading, The Woodman, Birmingham
23.02.17 - Poetry reading at Foyles, Birmingham, with Roy McFarlane
18.02.17 - Poetry reading at the launch of This Is Not Your Final Form: Poems about Birmingham (The Emma Press), Verve Poetry Festival, Waterstones, Birmingham
12.02.17 - Workshop and poetry reading with Isobel Dixon, Buzzwords, Cheltenham
15.01.17 - Chairing discussion at poetry reading with Ruby Robinson and Roy McFarlane, The Woodman, Birmingham
14.12.16 - Reading at launch of Milton and the Arab-Muslim World by Islam Issa, Birmingham City University
09.12.16 - Reading at and hosting Ghost Stories Night, by the Institute of Creative and Critical Writing, at Birmingham and Midland Institute
07.12.16 - Reading at Goldsmiths, London, with Sam Buchan-Watts and Abigail Parry
01.12.16 - Running poetry workshop at Headington School, Oxford
22.11.16 - Attending inauguration of Sir Lenny Henry as Chancellor of Birmingham City University: 'Beorma', the poem I was commissioned to write to celebrate the inauguration, published in the programme
21.11.16 - Reading at Shindig, Leicester
19.11.16 - Reading at Durham University, as part of CounterText conference on 'The Poetic'
12.11.16 - Reading at Woodstock Poetry Festival
21.10.16 - 'Imp' published on And Other Poems
21.10.16 - Attending prizegiving as judge for the 'Kubla Khan: Imagined Worlds' Poetry Competition 2016, Taunton
12.10.16 - Launch of The Fetch at Waterstones, Birmingham, as part of Birmingham Literature Festival
24.09.16 - Reading at Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry Festival
08.09.16 - Reading at the Robert Graves Conference, St John's College, Oxford
August-September 2016 - Poet in Residence at Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry Festival - based at Anne Hathaway's Cottage
16.07.16 - Chairing panel on Writing for Broadcast at the National Writers' Conference (Writing West Midlands)
25.06.16 - Reading at the Ted Hughes Poetry Festival, Mexborough, and participating in a panel on 'Ted Hughes and Politics' with Steve Ely, Vidyan Ravinthiran and Ed Reiss
06.06.16 - Reading at the Troubadour, London, and participating in a panel on 'The End of the Page?' with Hannah Lowe, Carrie Etter and Richard Price
04.06.16 - Poetry reading at Stoke Prior, Worcestershire
24.04.16 - Outdoors Writing Workshop with David Morley in the ruins of Wenlock Priory, Wenlock Poetry Festival
22.04.16 - Introducing Lemn Sissay and Daljit Nagra at Wenlock Poetry Festival
23-25.02.16 - Hosting three masterclasses by Jim Crace on the art of the novel, at Birmingham City University
11.02.16 - Hosting poetry reading by Anne-Marie Fyfe and C.L. Dallat, Birmingham School of Art
04.02.16 - Hosting the launch of Daniel Sluman's new poetry collection, the terrible (Nine Arches Press), with readings from Daniel, Angela France and David Clarke, at Birmingham City University
18.11.15 - Guest poet at The Poetry School (Kathryn Maris's Advanced Poetry class)
31.10.15 - Hosting 'Coleridge and Lamb in London: A Symposium', Highgate Literary and Scientific Institution, London (keynote speaker: Richard Holmes)
29.10.15 - Reading at The Poetry Review Autumn 2015 launch, Birmingham City University (6.30pm, Curzon C501)
14.10.15 - Speaking on 'Coleridge and the Mystery of "Orpheus"', at St. Andrews University (5.15pm, The Lawson Room)
08.10.15 - Chairing the Man Booker Prize Shortlist Event, Birmingham Literature Festival, Studio Theatre, Library of Birmingham, 7.00pm-8.30pm. Sponsored by the Institute of Creative and Critical Writing, School of English, Birmingham City University.
17.07.15 - Performing at Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry Festival: The Shakespeare Centre, 7.30pm.
04.07.15 - Performing at Ledbury Poetry Festival, The Panelled Room, 1.40pm.
02.05.15 - Performing at Gothic in Birmingham, the Library of Birmingham.
25.04.15 - Performing at Wenlock Poetry Festival.
12.04.15 - 'Sum', poem broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 'Something Understood'.
16.03.15 - Awarded a place on the Writing West Midlands 'Room 204' Writer Development Programme.
10.10.14 - Participating in Soap City, a panel discussion at Birmingham Literature Festival on the Midlands' rich tradition in producing soap opera for TV and radio, and the craft of writing for continuing series: 6-7pm, Studio Theatre, Library of Birmingham.
03.10.14 - Chairing Voices in Fiction at Birmingham Literature Festival - a panel discussion with Kerry Hudson, Sathnam Sanghera, Lottie Moggach and Nikesh Shukla: 7.30-8.45pm, The Door, Birmingham REP.
30.08.14 - Lecturing on 'Coleridge's Daemonic Imagination' at the 12th ESSE Conference, Kosice, Slovakia.
28.07.14 - Speaking on 'Coleridge and the Mystery of "Orpheus"', at the Coleridge Summer Conference 2014 and, as part of the conference, giving a poetry reading at St. Mary Magdalene Church, Cannington, Somerset.
25.07.14 - Performing the poem 'Citizen John' at the John Thelwall Conference Dinner, The Ship Tavern, Lincoln's Inn Fields, London.
21.07.14 - 'Descent' and 'White Horse Hill' published in The North 52.
08.07.14 - First public performance of 'Misterioso', a new poem commissioned for Music for Youth, at their National Festival (8-12 July), Town Hall and Symphony Hall, Birmingham.
26.06.14 - Poet in residence at 'Twice Upon a Time: Magic, Alchemy and the Transubstantiation of the Senses', Centre for Fine Art Research, Birmingham City University.
25.06.14 - Hosting the Creative Writing Summer Show at Birmingham City University: 6-8.30pm, Recital Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire.
16.05.14 - CAST: The Poetry Business Book of New Contemporary Poets, eds. Simon Armitage, Joanna Gavins, Ann Sansom and Peter Sansom (Smith/Doorstop) published, featuring five of my poems.
26.04.14 - Poetry reading with David Morley at Wenlock Poetry Festival: 5.30pm, Wenlock Priory.
28.03.14 - 'My Father's Orrery' and 'The Fetch' published in The Poetry Review 104:1.
28.03.14 - Reading at (and, through the Institute of Creative and Critical Writing, hosting) 'Beats and Birmingham: Poets and the City' for the Frontiers Festival - with Luke Kennard and Bohdan Piasecki: 5.30pm, Cafe Mezzanine, Library of Birmingham.
19.03.14 - Introducing ICCW book launch for Patrick McGuinness's memoir, Other People's Countries: A Journey into Memory: 6pm, The School of Art, Margaret Street, Birmingham.
26.02.14 - Appointed Reader in Literature and Creative Writing, Birmingham City University.
20.02.14 - Lecturing at the Wordsworth Winter School on Wordsworth's 'Moods of my own Mind' and 'Resolution and Independence'.
18.02.14 - Speaking at 'Break, Blowe, Burn and Make Me New': John Donne and Benjamin Britten - Words into Music', 7.30pm, Recital Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire.
25.01.14 - Poetry reading at the Old University Building, University of Malta, Valletta, at the 'Encountering Malta' Conference.
28.11.13 - Introducing ICCW poetry reading by Maurice Riordan and Angela France, for the Birmingham launch of Maurice's new collection, The Water Stealer, 7-8.30pm, Waterstones New Street, Birmingham. Free event, with wine reception.
26.11.13 - Poetry reading at Poetry Bites, 7.30pm, Kitchen Garden Café, Kings Heath, Birmingham.
23.11.13 - Speaking at the Writers' Toolkit, Birmingham, on the 'Teaching Creative Writing' panel; chairing the panel on 'Writing for Radio'.
23.10.13 - Poetry reading with David Morley for the launch of David's new collection, The Gypsy and the Poet, 6.30-9pm, School of Art, Margaret Street, Birmingham. Free event, with wine reception.
17.10.13 - Introducing ICCW public seminar on 'Europa', 2-5pm, School of Art, Margaret Street, Birmingham. Free event.
07.10.13 - Introducing and interviewing Will Self for Birmingham Literature Festival, 7.30pm, Library of Birmingham.
05-10.08.13 - Delivering plenary lecture on 'The Lyric Impulse of Poems, in Two Volumes', at the Wordsworth Summer Conference, Rydal.
18.06.13 - 'Clairvoyance' published in Poetry Review 103:2.
02.06.13 - Taking up Hawthornden Fellowship.
13.05.13 - Poetry reading at Nine Arches Press/Crystal Clear Creators Leicester Shindig.
17.04.13 - Hosting the launch of the Institute of Creative and Critical Writing at the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, 6-9pm, with wine reception, and readings from Helen Cross, Caroline Jester, Ian Marchant, Patrick McGuinness and David Morley: a free event, to which all are welcome.
13.04.13 - Delivering the Charles Lamb Society Lecture, on 'The Comic Imagination in Lamb and Coleridge', Swedenborg Hall, London.
02.04.13 - Poetry workshop and reading at John Donne Day 2013, Polesworth Abbey Church.
16.03.13 - Elected Vice-Chair of the Friends of Coleridge.
02.03.12 - Chairing session on 'How Publishing Works' at the Student Writers' Toolkit, Coventry.
01.12.12 - Coleridge and the Daemonic Imagination awarded the CCUE Book Prize 2012.
28.11.12 - 'Sea Change' published in The Rialto 76.
28.11.12 - 'Clone', 'A Type of Rain', 'Carnac', 'Seahenge' and 'Γνωθι σεαυτόν' published in Variations 20.
17.11.12 - Speaking on 'Writing Outdoors', at the Writers' Toolkit, Birmingham.
16.11.12 - Coleridge and the Daemonic Imagination shortlisted for the CCUE Book Prize 2012.
15.11.12 - 'Clues to the Pochard' and 'Black-Necked Grebe' published in Birdbook II: Freshwater Habitats, ed. Kirsten Irving and Jon Stone (Sidekick Books).
12.11.12 - 'The Leap' published in Magma 54.
12.10.12 - Awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship for 2013.
01.10.12 - My poem 'Sea Change' is awarded third prize in the RSPB/Rialto Nature Poetry Competition.
15.09.12 - Speaking on '"The Snake in the Oak": Ted Hughes, Coleridge, and the Contentions of Reading', at the Ted Hughes Conference, Pembroke College, Cambridge.
06.09.12 - Speaking on 'Taste' at the Oxford and Cambridge Club, London.
23-27.07.12 - Attending the biennial International Coleridge Conference, in Cannington, Somerset, which I help to organise.
25.06.12 - Appointed Director of the MA in Writing at Birmingham City University, and Director of the new Institute of Creative and Critical Writing, launching in 2012-13. As well as enriching the University's creative writing programme, the Institute will provide a major new forum for public seminars, readings and lectures on creative writing and critical thought - bringing together imaginative life and intellectual adventure, opened up to audiences beyond the university.