I am a poet, songmaker and scriptwriter living on the edge of Sheffield next to the Peak District. A first full poetry collection, Are We There Yet? was published in 2013 by Smith/Doorstop You can read a review and interview here. I was highly commended in the same year in the National Poetry Competition for my poem Thaw. My pamphlet, Singer, was one of the winners of the 2008 Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition, chosen by Michael Longley.
“Here is the aching fragility of things, our world in all its gorgeous tactile actuality.” Conor O’Callaghan
You can read my occasional blog here.
Wednesday September 21st : Out of the Ordinary – songs and poems made out of words and stories of so called ‘ordinary’ local people. 12 noon, Spiegeltent, Barkers Pool, Sheffield. Part of Festival of the Mind and Off the Shelf Festival. Free.
Wednesday October 19th: Keen and Brilliant: George and Billy Hukin, Razor Grinders. Presentation on razor grinder George Hukin – lover and comrade of the gay radical Victorian writer Edward Carpenter, friend of Harry Brearley. Also a film of Billy Hukin, the last Sheffield razor grinder. 6.30pm, Butcher Works, 72, Arundel Street Sheffield S1 2NS. Part of Year of Making: Aesthetics of Manufacture events. Free.
Thursday October 27th: Poetry reading – with Michael McCarthy. 7pm Arundel Room, Millennium Gallery, Arundel Gate S1 2PP. Part of Off the Shelf Festival. £6 (£5)
Boots, Fresh Air and Ginger Beer – online film of highlights of last year’s two mile promenade performance about St George’s Farm, a Ruskinian communal experiment in Totley. (I am now writing a book commissioned by Ruskin’s Guild of St George about St George’s Farm and it’s utopian legacy.)