Sunday, 4 March 2018

Review: NWR on Better Houses

New Welsh Review Reviewed Better Houses:
Wild clearly has a sense of fun. Her poem, ‘Pub Crawl Date’ – cataloguing a nine-pint epic evening out – had me chuckling out loud. So too, ‘The Bed Testers’. But, in my view, Wild is at her best when she is more serious and, to this end, there were several stand-out poems. [...] Similarly, there is a Plath-like forensic quality to ‘The Lash Museum’ which I also really enjoyed. It opens with ‘A gutsy Cornish wind / slammed the caravan door shut, / skinning a birthmark, / my head / a blood fountain.’ The poem’s protagonist is then raced to hospital for attention and when the stitches are removed, she keeps them as morbid reminders of her pain: ‘clumped lashes a-flutter / in a plastic pot.’

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Next Gig: Satellite of Love, Bristol

Friday, 9 February 2018

Next Two Gigs: Cardiff and Newport

NEW POETS: SHOWCASE Emily Blewitt, David Foster-Morgan, Susie Wild, Katherine Stansfield, Stephen Payne.
Seren Poetry Editor Amy Wack introduces these mostly Cardiff-based poets who have all published acclaimed first collections in recent years.
Duration: 1 hour
Location: The Pantry Cafe, Cornerstone, Charles Street, Cardiff
Type: Poetry reading
For event information contact Amy Wack: 07943-819271

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Brown's: The Perfect End to the Better Houses Launch Tour

Oh what a joy it was to be in Laugharne in the gentle quiet of December to wrap up the Better Houses tour. They treat their poets well there.

It was also joyful that Torben could escape work and join me for the night away. I always love it when he's able to make my gigs. On arrival we had Brown's to ourselves, a rare treat to those used to be there for the standing room only of the festival, and, it being the sleepy time of year, we had a wonderful room to stay in there complete with a free-standing bath that I could have spent the whole stay in.

The evening reading was cosy and informal, with us going around the room and each reader standing to do one piece, interspersed with four short sets from myself. There were some wonderful readings including an inventive collaborative piece with 'music'.

Afterwards we were easily persuaded to try all the gin and prop up the bar talking talking talking until close.

In the morning, after a hearty breakfast we took advantage of the winter sun and wandered down to sit outside the boathouse and top up our caffeine levels (and cake levels for himself), before heading back to Brown's to warm and read by the fire.

I couldn't have had a more perfect end to the running around of the months before, and it was dead romantic too.

Now I am wrapping up work before the gift of a long festive break to get myself back to human ready for 2018! My next 2018 gigs are as follows:


17th: New Poets Showcase, Seren/Cornerstone’s Poetry Festival, Cardiff (11am) 
21st: Open Mic Spoken Word Extravaganza at Ye Olde Murenger House, Newport (7.30pm)


14th: Satellite of Love, The Greenbank, Easton, Bristol (8.30pm) 


22nd: Melville Centre, Abergavenny (11.30am)

Have splendid festive seasons my dears! I'll leave you with some snaps from Laugharne:

Monday, 4 December 2017

'Readers of all types will find something marvellous here.'

'Perhaps this is the message she wants to leave us with, the importance of opening doors and allowing for reintegration within an individual as well as across relationships through decency and kindness. Readers of all types will find something marvellous here.'

Friday, 1 December 2017

Can Openers Bristol

I had a lovely time at Can Openers in Bristol this lunchtime, reading poems from Better Houses and listening to a very high standard of open mic. Thanks so much for having me along, and to those of you who bought my books. The event is held in a dance studio at The Station, where I have fond memories of seeing exciting circus happenings when I used to live in the city. I thoroughly recommend this event, as a very supportive space for new readers too. For more info see:

For once I didn't take any photos, so you'll just have to take my word that it happened!

On the cover of a magazine: Cardiff Life Interview

Cardiff Life interviewed me and you can read it in the new issue, out today, and my name is on the cover!