Poetry and other writing

From 2010 to 2014 I had a regular column in Kosovo's English language paper, Prishtina Insight, and online in Gazeta Jeta ne Kosove. Some of my articles - about local products, a women's microfinance project to recycle old jars, public transport in Pristina, and other environmental initiatives - are available online.

Kqyre ketu per shkrimet per dhuratet 'e gjelberta', riciklimin e baterive, ushqim te 'gjelbert' ne Kosove dhe ma shume per ambient.

My travel writing has also been published in newspapers such as this recent piece on foodie tourism in Albania in The Independent.

My poems have been published in over thirty magazines and anthologies including Poetry Nottingham International, Ambit, The New Writer and Orbis, as well as being read on the BBC World Service’s Poems by Post.  I have won or been placed in more than 40 national poetry competitions including those run by Academi Cardiff, the Writers' Bureau, Poetry London, Envoi, the New Forest Poetry Society and Ragged Raven. Clicking on the links will take you to the poems.

The anthologies, Smile the weird joy and Red hot fiesta featuring my poetry are still available to buy.

My unpublished poetry collection, Making an exhibition of ourselves is inspired by museums, galleries, libraries, churches, zoos and other tourist sites, from Mexico to Moscow by way of Somerset, Baghdad, Dublin and home.  The poems focus on the exhibits, the experience of being a museum visitor, and the curating role that we all take in making our private selves public.

Most recently I was commissioned by the Viewfinder Photography Gallery in Greenwich to write poems for their exhibitions, Alchemists, Masked Ball, and Make Your Mark (see photo). The catalogues, with images and poems, are still available to buy and on the gallery's website you can also read the poems written at the workshop I ran to accompany the Alchemists exhibition..

'this is vital and original, and full of memorable images' - Alison Chisholm in Envoi

'a high-handed imagination - there's no feeling of strain here'
- U A Fanthorpe

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