Autumn 2017


Liz  has been commissioned to write a poem about the beautiful dialect word Bobowler for the Free The Word project, a new project run by National Poetry Day, BBC English Regions and the OED. Watch ‘Bobowler’ here. 

Read two new motherhood poems – ‘The Yellow Curtains’ and ‘Sky Birth’ – at the Compass Magazine.


Summer 2017


Read a new poem ‘The Republic of Motherhood’ on Granta Online.

Liz is the judge for the 2017 Cafe Writers competition. 


Spring 2017


A new critical perspective of Liz’s work is featured on the British Council Literature website.


Read ‘Oh Sweethearts’, a new poem from Liz’s Marble Mountain sequence in Poetry Magazine.




Winter 2016/17


Liz to judge the 2017 Poetry London Competition.


Download a free poetry tutorial from Liz for The Poetry School about using dialect in your poems.


Watch a recording of Liz and Benjamin Zephaniah discussing poetry and the wonderful West Midlands accent at the Birmingham Literature Festival. 


Liz’s poem ‘Nailmaking’ was the Poet’s Corner poem in The Sunday Times.


Autumn 2016


Read an interview with Liz and a new poem from Marble Mountain on Poetry Spotlight


Railway Nation: A Journey in Verse   – Liz is one of six poets narrating a new documentary which follows a train journey and its passengers from London to Glasgow. Liz has written a new poem for the Birmingham to Crewe stretch. The film also includes new poems from Sabrina Mahfouz, Sean O’Brien, Andrew MacMillan, Michael Symmons-Roberts and Imtiaz Dharker.  Broadcast Saturday 1st October, 9pm on BBC2.

Liz is part of the 2017 Norwich Writer’s Centre International Literature Showcase.



Spring 2016


Poems from Liz’s new sequence Marble Mountain published in Poetry London, Poetry Review, The Rialto and Ambit.


Liz will be a mentor for Spread The Word’s brilliant The Complete Works III, a national development programme for black and Asian poets in 2016/17. She will be mentoring the poet and performer Degna Stone.


Winter 2015/16


Liz is part of the judging panel for this year’s Forward Prizes for Poetry. Fellow judges are George Szirtes, Don Share, Malika Booker and Tracey Thorn. 


Read an article about Liz in the Economist’s Intelligent Life .


Liz is judging the 2016 Black Country Living Museum poetry competition. The theme is Earth and Air.



Read a new interview with Liz on the Serious Manoeuvres website.



Autumn 2015


Read two new motherhood poems on the wonderful Compass magazine website.


Black Country has won the 2014 Geoffrey Faber Memorial Award, alongside Fiona Benson’s wonderful Bright Travellers. 



Summer 2015


Liz’s poems featured on BBC 4’s The Echo Chamber and BBC 3’s Proms Extra Lates.


Read Liz’s top ten tips for young poets on falling in love with poetry and beginning to write.


Black Country has been awarded a Somerset Maugham Award by The Society of Authors.


Black Country has been chosen by readers to be part of the wonderful East of England Brave New Reads Scheme.


Listen to Liz reading her poems and being interviewed on the Cerys Matthews show on BBC 6 Music.


Spring 2015


Liz is taking part in the Versopolis international poetry project.


Liz’s poem ‘The First Path’ featured on BBC Radio 3’s  Easter Sunday ‘Passion Play’ episode of Words and Music.




Winter 2014


Black Country chosen as a Poetry Book of the Year in The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Daily Mail, The Big Issue and The Morning Star!


Autumn 2014


Reviews of Black Country in The Guardian and The Telegraph.


A recording of Liz’s poems from Black Country has now been added to the wonderful Poetry Archive.


Summer 2014


Black Country has been chosen as the winner of the Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2014.


Read two of Liz’s new poems in October’s Poetry magazine.


Read ‘Miss Berry’  from Black Country in The Sunday Times’ Poets Corner

Black Country chosen as The Oberver’s Poetry Book of the Month


Spring 2014


Black Country, Liz’s debut collection, has been selected as a Poetry Book Society Recommendation for Autumn 2014.


Read Liz’s interview with The Birmingham Mail, April 2014.


Winter 2013/14


Liz writes about the inspiration behind her new ‘Scenes from The Passion’ sequence, featured in Winter’s Poetry Review. 



Autumn 2013

Watch Alastair Cook’s beautifully eerie film of Liz’s Black Country canal murder ballad ‘The Black Delph Bride’, commissioned by The Poetry Society for the Waterlines Project. The film was shown at the Southbank Centre for National Poetry Day and also the 60th anniversary celebrations for The Poetry Library. 


Liz’s canal poems ‘Gosty Hill’ and ‘The Black Delph Bride’, commissioned for the Waterlines Project, were broadcast on BBC Radio 4’s Poetry Please on October 19th.



Summer 2012


Liz’s poem ‘Bird’ has been chosen by Neil Astley as the winner of the 2012 Poetry London competition.  Read ‘Bird’ here.


See Sasha Hoare’s beautiful video of Liz’s poem ‘Birmingham Roller’, created as part of If-Book’s digital anthology for the Arvon/Jerwood Mentoring Scheme Birmingham Roller



Winter 2011/2012


Liz’s Black Country dialect poem ‘Birmingham Roller’, about the tumbling pigeon, has been commended in the National Poetry Competition 2011. See Liz reading ‘Birmingham Roller’ here.


Liz’s guide to using dialect in your poems is now available to download from The Poetry School



Autumn 2011

Read Liz’s article for The Young Poets’ Network about writing dialect poems…



Liz’s poem ‘The Year We Married Birds’, taken from The Best British Poetry 2011  (Salt), selected by We Love This Book! to celebrate National Poetry Day