The Frogmore Papers 100

Several of my poems have found homes in The Frogmore Papers, most recently in the Autumn 2022 issue which happens to be the 100th issue and is cause for celebration. Congratulations to chief editor Jeremy Page! The cover is wonderful too, designed by Neil Gower.

The Frogmore Press started 39 years ago. In the early years it seems to have been published quarterly; now it appears bi-annually.

I’m enjoying reading some fabulous poems by poets whose names are known to me and others whose work I’m reading for the first time. The first poem in the anthology is by Poet Laureate Simon Armitage – a poignant poem about past and present and which includes walking, for which he is famous.

My poem, ‘Across the Lake’, appears in the anthology after being shortlisted for this year’s Frogmore Poetry prize. It’s a poem that spreads informally across the page. I enjoyed the freedom of writing it and creating a sense of the expanse of water the two swimmers are crossing. What a poem looks like is probably as important to me as how it sounds.

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