Poetry Reading: Stand with Belarus. The line up includes Volha Hapeyeva, Valzhyna Mort, Kinga Toth, Shehzar Doja, Sasha Dugdale, Vahni Capildeo, Polly Atkin, Nora Gomringer and Marjorie Lotfi Gill.

For more information on how to donate: Stand with Belarus

Online issue of Spam Zine #1
Full magazine issue available here: Spam
Maria Omena & Shehzar Doja – University Camarade V


Writers’ Centre Kingston presented a special showcase event which asked pairs of Creative Writing students from different Universities in the UK to collaborate on short new works of poetry or text, for performance. A unique collaborative event, almost 30 students from the creative writing departments of seven UK universities – Kingston, Edge Hill, Lincoln, York, York St John, Greenwich and Glasgow – presented nearly 15 brand new works in collaboration.

Read more of Maria’s work here: Maria Omena

Creative Conversations at University of Glasgow Chapel. December 2019 with James Byrne for ‘I am a Rohingya’. Hosted and Introductions by Dr Colin Herd. (Please forgive the audio interference)
To follow the C.W series, check out the twitter of Creative Writing at Glasgow Uni at: Twitter
I am also a current D.F.A student at the University Creative Writing Program having completed an incredible M.Lit in Creative Writing here as well. Details to Creative Writing at Glasgow uni here: Creative Writing at Glasgow Uni
Launch of ” I am a Rohingya: Poetry from the Camps and beyond ” (Arc, 2019) at Ledbury Poetry Festival, 2019 with James Byrne and Poet and Modern Poetry in Translation Editor Clare Pollard. In case Audio isn’t working, here is a direct link to the official site: Ledbury Podcast Launch
Radio Interview with Marina Lai at ARA City Radio 102.9FM after the Luxembourg launch of Drift. Marina runs the lifestyle blog TheLuxLife which is worth checking out for all things related to Luxembourg. This includes a fantastic AraCity BookClub of which I was/am a member for several years.

As a follow up to the 2020 StanZa reading, 8 poets were commissioned to relay their top tips for people interested in writing poetry. This included: Anthony Anaxagorou, Gerry Cambridge, Joelle Taylor, Jen Hadfield, John Glenday, Mhairi Owens, Deborah Moffatt and myself.
Check out the top tips from top poets series