Jonathan Davidson is a poet, writer and literature activist. He lives in the English Midlands but works internationally. His poetry has been widely published and he has also written memoir and criticism. His radio dramas and adaptations have been broadcast by BBC Radios 3 and 4. Much of his work is focussed on how writing – especially poetry – is experienced by readers and listeners.
Jonathan’s latest poetry collection is A Commonplace – Apples, Bricks & Other People’s Poems (Smith|Doorstop, August 2020). A conversation about how poetry exists as the underlying geology of our lives, Jonathan’s poems are complemented by work of other poets, littered with unruly footnotes. More…
Bricks, Apples and Other People’s Poems
Published as Print and E-book on 1st August 2020
On Poetry was selected by the poet Anthony Anaxagorou (author of How to Write It), as one of his Top 10 books about creative writing for The Guardian on 14th October 2020, alongside books by Zadie Smith, Sandeep Parmar and Ben Lerner.
A Commonplace has been included in The Morning Star’s ‘Best of 2020: Poetry‘ list, having been nominated by the poet Rosie Miles.
Jonathan now has a bookshop page on www.bookshop.org enabling some of the books mentioned in On Poetry and A Commonplace to be bought (with independent bookshops and Jonathan both receiving a 10% commission on the value of any books ordered.)
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Events (readings, workshops, etc.)
Upcoming events will be posted here as they are confirmed.
Writing More Poems & Making the Most of Them – a Five Week Short Course on Zoom, run by Welshpool Poetry Festival, led by Jonathan Davidson:
19:00 – 21:00 GMT/BST, Mondays 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th March and Monday 4th April 2022
£100 (bursary places available for those of limited financial means)
Those involved in the art and craft of poetry can often benefit from broadening the range of poetry they read, hear and write themselves. This short course will use a wide range of poems as inspiration for new work, thinking particularly about how speaking and listening to poetry can complement the reading and writing of poetry.
Aimed at both established and emerging poets, it will be run through a series of two hour Zoom meetings, with some tasks to be undertaken between sessions. As well as sharing work produced, the course will also look at ways of helping our poetry get read and heard in the wider world.
If previous courses are anything to go by, it will be relaxed, friendly and ‘lightly inspiring’! Participants will receive a template for planning their development as poets and a range of other useful information. There may be a free ‘end of course raffle’.
To book please contact Pat Edwards, Welshpool Poetry Festival, firstname.lastname@example.org
Welshpool Poetry Festival will run from 10th to 12th June 2022. Join their mailing list for latest details.
Book Launch, Sunday 2nd August, 2020
A recording of the Sunday 2nd August 2020 on-line launch of A Commonplace with Jonathan Davidson, Jo Bell, Sue Brown, Gregory Leadbetter and Peter Sansom. More…