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.
Listen Closely: Hearing & Speaking Poetry, 90 minute online workshop, Tuesday 21st September 2021, 18:30 to 20:00 GMT
An online event as part of Nottinghamshire Libraries Inspire poetry festival. Click here for more details.
Poetry Reading for the Ware Poets, Hertfordshire, evening of Friday 8th October 2021
A poetry reading as part of this long-running series of events in Ware in Hertfordshire. Details to be announced shortly.
Poetry Reading for Cross Border Poets, North Wales, afternoon of Saturday 27th November 2021
A poetry reading as part of this long-running series of events in North East Wales. Details to be announced shortly.
Guest Reader at Wendy Pratt’s Online Winter Writing Retreat, 6th to 10th December 2021
I’m one of two guest readers on this online course. I understand places are still available. For details scroll down this page here.
Advance notice: I’ll be running two 90 minute poetry writing workshops for The Poetry Business in January and March 2022 and short courses for Welshpool Poetry Festival and The Poetry Business in Spring and Summer 2022. Details will be posted in late 2021.
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…