So grateful for this beautiful review of After Economy by Penny Boxall in The Compass: If Burns’s collection is like the soothing chatter of grownups, the voices in J. L. Williams’s After Economy are more akin to the half-heard voices of dreams – compelling, disorientating, moreish – leaving you, on waking, wondering what just happened. The…… Continue reading Review of After Economy by Penny Boxall
I had such a nice time reading at Colin Herd’s new/old night Snack Revenge a couple weeks back (more details here), and really enjoyed meeting and hearing the forceful, crackling work of the poet Judith Goldman. Sadly, the marvellous Terese Svoboda wasn’t able to make it, but we had a full house in the room…… Continue reading Adjacent Pineapple
I had such fun at the Edinburgh International Book Festival today, writing in a tent on George Square for three hours as part of the Live Poetry Lab. A number of nice folks dropped in to share their festival memories with me, and we had intriguing conversations about the history and politics of the festivals…… Continue reading EIBF Live Poetry Lab
Happy Thursday! Here in Edinburgh we’re swimming through the streets thanks to this day of rain, but I’m appreciating it because someone was just telling me that in Ibiza there are no rivers anymore because there is no rainfall… is that true? Anyway, it makes me feel lucky to be in a place where there…… Continue reading Drown Not Wee Blossom
What a delight to receive an email from my former colleague at the Scottish Poetry Library, dear Emily Prince, with this in it: What lovely words! And what an honour to find out that After Economy is one of the books chosen for the PBS Summer Selections 2017. I hope these poems will make some enjoyable…… Continue reading Poetry Book Society Summer Selections 2017
I’ll be reading from After Economy this Tuesday, 9 May, in London at the Shearsman Reading Series, Swedenborg Hall, 20/21 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2TH. It starts at 7.30pm. I’m very honoured to be reading with Josephine Balmer, Alice Kavounas, and special guest, Yang Lian. More details are available here and here. Please come along if you’re in town.
This post went out last week on our blog at the Festival of Creative Learning and I thought I would share it here as well. Hope you enjoy and to see you at a Festival event if you can make it along. It’s just over two months since I started as Projects and Engagement Coordinator…… Continue reading Festival of Creative Learning
Hello there! So much has been happening, and is happening… here are details and invitations for you: I finished up at the Scottish Poetry Library in November and will be starting at my new job as Projects and Engagement Coordinator for the Institute for Academic Development at the University of Edinburgh next week – exciting!…… Continue reading Flint & Pitch plus 12-Hour Action Group
A little summary of the handful of events I have coming up… would be wonderful to see you at one, some or all if you can make it along. OPUL is performing at Click Clack tomorrow night (Friday 29) at Henry’s Cellar Bar, 7-10pm Catherine Street and I will be performing a new piece called…… Continue reading Events: Summertime & the Living is…
Very excited to be reading at this on 6 August: If a Leaf Falls Press at Good Press Saturday 6th August 2016 3-6pm With readings by… Maria Fusco reading Notes on Comic Face nick-e melville reading slippage/pigsclap twice Sam Riviere reading Cont. and Preferences Mike Saunders reading george clooney will always be handsome: towards a phenomonology of…… Continue reading If a Leaf Falls Press at Good Press
New blog about the recent trip to the Festival de la poésie de Montréal up on the SPL website today: Canadian Dreaming and a couple of recent publications: Dangerous Emotions as part of the magnificent Dangerous Women Project, and poems in Far Off Places and The Reader Huge thanks to the editors and publishers who have…… Continue reading New Poems, New Places
So much has been happening lately that I have not had time to share. I will include some links in this post to recent events and excitements. I had this article about borders, passports and writers working abroad in politically-complicated countries published in The Bottle Imp, a wonderful online journal that exists to promote and support the…… Continue reading Poetry, poetry and more poetry!
Happy days! Available for pre-order now, my new pamphlet House of the Tragic Poet, published by Sam Riviere’s gorgeous If A Leaf Falls Press. These poems came about because I watched a documentary about a house in Pompeii called, wonderfully, ‘The House of the Tragic Poet’, and wrote a poem about that house. Then that…… Continue reading House of the Tragic Poet
The blog has gone up introducing the project that Catherine Street and I will be doing as writers-in-residence for the Edinburgh leg of this year’s British Art Show. You can read about our ‘live writing sessions’ here, and find the link where you’ll be able to watch the three live writing sessions from anywhere in…… Continue reading British Art Show 8
I met Rob Packer some time ago at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, and though soon after he moved all the way to Brazil (lucky man!), we have kept in touch and I’m always delighted to hear about his writing and experiences in his beautiful new homeland. I was particularly touched recently to receive a…… Continue reading Pathos of the Once Organic
And on the subject of recent publications, here is a link to an article I wrote for The Bottle Imp about The Unconveyable in poetry. Also you can find out more about StAnza’s collaboration with the Bridging the Continental Divide project for the translation of neo-Latin Scottish poetry, in which Scottish poets were commissioned to…… Continue reading The Gap and The Bridge
So delighted to have a couple of poems in the beautiful new online journal The Compass. Have a look here, and be sure to check out the rest of what they’ve been up to – it’s a wealth of poetry.
Thanks to Stewart Ennis of Vagabond Voices for recording and editing this interview in preparation for the launch of Our Real Red Selves (available to pre-order here: Our Real Red Selves). The book will be launching on 4 June at the CCA in Glasgow (CCA launch details here) and in Edinburgh in early July (details…… Continue reading Our Real Red Selves
Best Scottish Poems 2014 is out now! You can read and listen to all the poems here. It’s a real honour to have been included in this selection by this year’s editor Roderick Watson.
It’s really a pleasure to be reading at two events at Aye Write! this year. The first will be on 18 April at 6pm. It’s the pre-launch for ‘Triptych: Our Real Red Selves’ out with Vagabond Voices, with myself, Harry Giles and Marion McCready. This new series is inspired by the beautiful Penguin Modern Poets books…… Continue reading Aye Write! 2015
Nice article in the fabulous Cordite Review on the Scottish Poetry Scene by the ubiquitous Jeremy Beardmore.
I was very happy to be included in this collection of poetry and stories written in response to the beautiful work of Christopher Orr in The Beguiled Eye (15 November 2014 – 14 February 2015), an exhibition at the Talbot Rice Gallery in Edinburgh. Do catch it if you can, it’s really worth seeing in person. You…… Continue reading Until Only the Mountain Remains: Christopher Orr
Just out: The newest edition of CORDITE POETRY REVIEW which includes the Poetry Chapbook Caledonian Antisyzygy; Seven Contemporary Scottish Poets. I’m very honoured to be one of them, and in such excellent company!
On 17 February, at the CCA in Glasgow, I will be reading some of my poems and talking about what it’s like to be a poet at this event for the Scottish Writers’ Centre, which is a fabulous organisation that supports writers! Please do join us if you’re in the Wild West that evening, and…… Continue reading “The Writer’s Life” with JL Williams
It is an honour to be included in Molly Bloom 6, edited by the wonderful Aidan Semmens. Read it all, including Aidan’s excellent editorial, here: Molly Bloom 6 and my contribution here.
Reading at Henderson’s Cafe this Thursday, 15th January, 10.30 -11.30 am with Annie Pia and Alexander Hutchison. See you there if you can make it… lovely delights to eat and drink, as always. Henderson’s 94 Hanover Street Edinburgh EH2 1DR
Locust and Marlin has been shortlisted for the Saltire Society Poetry Book of the Year Award, along with Jen Hadfield, John Burnside, Kei Miller, J. O. Morgan and Alexander Hutchison. I was so surprised when I found out — it’s an honour to be on a list with such extraorindary poets, and a joy.
An anthology of New Scottish Poetry — Be The First To Like This — is launching this Thursday, 25 September, at the Scottish Poetry Library. All anthologists are saddled with the difficult task of making a selection from what is usually a wealth of creativity and talent, however what has delighted me about what I’ve…… Continue reading Be The First To Like This
Hix Eros is a marvellous publication, much welcomed and recommended. I believe that a healthy creative culture must go hand in hand with a healthy constructively critical culture, and publications such as Hix Eros are making this a reality. Also, Issue #5, I’m honoured to say, has a totally gorgeous review of Locust and Marlin…… Continue reading Hix Eros (is beautiful)
I was so surprised and delighted when my friend, poet Stav Poleg, pointed out this lovely review of Locust and Marlin in the most recent edition of Gutter. So nice! Have a read here.
I enjoyed this sold out Edinburgh International Book Festival Nothing but The Poem session so much — especially hearing the participants take turns reading out all 90 haiku that make up the grand sequence “90 Instant Messages to Tom Moore” in Paul Muldoon’s collection Horse Latitudes. I’m not sure we got to the bottom of…… Continue reading Nothing but The Poem on Paul Muldoon at Edinburgh International Book Festival
It hasn’t quite arrived yet but I’m looking forward to receiving my contributor’s copy of Bacchanales Vol 49. It is a science-themed issue and my poems have been translated into French by a very kind translator Isabelle Metral who I’ve only met via email. It’s all thanks to the lovely Jean-Baptiste Cabaud, who I had…… Continue reading Bacchanales Vol 49
Santiago Aguaded Landero, a Spanish poet, translator and academic, got in touch recently and asked if he could translate and include a couple of my poems from Condition of Fire in his new anthology ALQUIMIA DEL FUEGO. The translation process is always fascinating to me, and in this case my friend, the extraordinary poet and…… Continue reading ALQUIMIA DEL FUEGO
Nice post about Locust and Marlin on the lovely new blog of Anupa Gardner, the amazing artist who did the cover.
I’m honoured to have some poems in the current issue of the very fine journal Edinburgh Review. Not only is it a beautiful publication, but it also happens to have the theme of 50 Years of New Playwriting in Scotland, and to feature many poets I had the pleasure of working with during my years…… Continue reading Edinburgh Review
I feel very lucky to have had one of my poems translated into Dutch by the translator Susan Ridder, and published in the magazine Awater, the largest literary magazine in the Netherlands. It’s an honour to have been included alongside amazing poets Jen Hadfield, Charlotte Runcie and Ellen McAteer. You can read the original article in translation and…… Continue reading Awater — Poetry in Dutch
The marvellous Kate Tough has posted her responses to the “Next Big Thing” survey here. My answers and links to new writers will be going up shortly, but in the meantime check out her fascinating response. Can’t wait to read the book. Thanks Kate!
Delighted to find out that my entry for the 2012 Unbound Press Flash Fiction competition was shortlisted. Somehow this makes me feel more justified for continuing to explore other forms as well as poetry, not that a writer should need justification for such a thing but it’s nice! I believe a new short play of…… Continue reading 2012 Unbound Press Flash Fiction Award
Imago, the poem from Condition of Fire selected by Roddy Lumsden for the Scottish Poetry Library Best Scottish Poems 2011 Anthology, featured as Poem of the Moment on the SPL Website, 7 June 2012. Exciting!
Have a poem in the latest edition of the beautifully edited and produced online journal From Glasgow to Saturn. You can download Issue 26 for free. Many thanks to the editors.
Special Note: This poem will be featured on the front page of the Scottish Poetry Library website on 7th of June… Have a read that day if you wish. This year’s Scottish Poetry Library Anthology Best Scottish Poems 2011, edited by the marvellous Roddy Lumsden, is now out. I feel so privileged to have a…… Continue reading Best Scottish Poems 2011
Interview about my enLIGHTen experience up on their blog: enLIGHTen, in case you’d like a read. There’s a rather fine picture of a bagel included.
Fabulous to be in From Glasgow to Saturn: FGTSissue-231
JL Williams published in Northwords Now #18.
Art and Poetry at Annuale’s ……perplex…….
Listen to poems at Write Now at the CCA.
JL Williams’ review of Brendan Connell’s book The Life of Polycrates at [PANK].