My contributor copy of DIVERSIFLY, an anthology of poetry and art on Britain’s urban birds (Fair Acre Press), arrived by post on Thursday.
From its waxy cover and the thickness and soft sheen of its inner pages to the way in which the poems and artists’ images work together, this book is beautifully produced.
In her introduction, editor Nadia Kingsley outlines how this project grew out of her own close encounters with birds in urban settings. My featured poem was inspired by an unexpected sighting at a busy road junction. I’m pleased to find it shares a page with Fiona Moore’s arresting poem about the bird’s song; a pairing of sound and sight, with artwork by painter and printmaker Deborah Vass that reflects the season so well.
In other news, I’ve entered a poem for the Bridport Prize, this week. With a May closing date and results in September, this one’s tied up for quite a while. If by any chance it makes this competition’s long longlist, I’ll be mighty pleased for it.