A quick pointer to those interested - on the Contemporary Writers site, you can now find critical perspectives on the poetry of two very different, but equally fascinating, writers: Jen Hadfield and Greta Stoddart. Hadfield's second collection, pictured above, won the T.S. Eliot Prize in 2008; recently awarded to Philip Gross in 2009 for his collection The Water Table.
And to those on/off regular readers of this blog: apologies for the hopeless lack of posts of late. Life, as the man says, has a habit of getting in the way. Work and writing permitting, I should hopefully find time to make some more substantial posts in the not-too-distant future. Cheers for sticking around.
Here is a list of some of my poems which have recently appeared in magazines and other publications.
'Graft', METER: the runner's review, issue #02, Fall 2015
'Building A Brighter, More Secure Future', The Morning Star, 7 July 2015
'Steve Gerrard', Official Liverpool FC Monthly Magazine, issue 34, June 2015
'Days', The Spectator, 8 August 2015
'King Kenny', Official Liverpool FC Monthly Magazine, issue 27, November 2014
'John Barnes', The Pride and the Passion: Offside Stories anthology
'The Catch', The Saturday Poem in The Guardian, 5 July 2014
Ben was born in Staffordshire and now lives in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. He received his first degree from the University of Sheffield, and holds an MA and PhD from Sheffield Hallam University. He has won numerous awards for his poetry, including the Poetry Business Competition and a 2014 Northern Writers' Award.
His latest short collection of poems is For Real. His debut full collection of poems, Way More Than Luck, is due to appear from Seren in 2018.
He is a keen distance runner, lifelong Liverpool Football Club fan, and among other things he works as poetry critic for The Guardian and the Times Literary Supplement. You can find many of his reviews on this site.
To contact Ben about readings, workshops, or for any other enquiries, you can drop him a line at benwilko(at sign)gmail.com. Unfortunately, I am not able to consider unsolicited requests from authors for book reviews.