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
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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.
Cheltenham Poetry Festival, Tuesday 4th May 2021, Reading at 19:00 BST
An online reading with the very good poet Wendy Pratt. Click here to book.
Welshpool Poetry Festival, Saturday 5th June 2021, Workshop from 13:30 to 15:30 BST
A ‘real-space’ event as part of the irrepressible Welshpool Poetry Festival. Click here for more details. Booking available when final details confirmed.
The Poetry Business, Five Session Poetry Writing Short Course from Monday 7th June to Monday 5th July 2021, 19:00 to 21:00 BST
A five session short course, to go on sale shortly.
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…