Awards and Lists


The Brontë Parsonage Museum – Appointed Writer in Residence for 2023/24


Royal Society of Literature ‘Literature Matters’ Award – Winner
For Tormentil while in progress

Manchester Writing School’s ‘Quiet Man Dave Prize’ - Finalist	
Whose Story? 	      Read now

After Sylvia 		      Poetry Book Society Christmas Gift Recommendation


2021 Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grant

Sylvia Plath anthology (Producer and Co-editor)

Zebra 			       Christmas Book Choice 
			               Selected by Sky TV’s The Book Club’s Simon Savidge
Why I Write Poetry 	No. 1 in Amazon’s ‘Hot New Releases in Poetry’	

Why I Write Poetry 	Poetry Book Society Christmas Gift Recommendation

2020 Lists


New Writing North – ‘10 Books by Black Northern Writers’

Inpress – ‘Pride: The Essential Indie Reading List’

Publishing Post – ‘5 Books to Read by Black Northern Writers’

Ledbury Festival – ‘Gay’s The Word Poetry Recommendations’

2019 The Portico Prize for Literature – Longlisted


Judges: The Society of Readers and Writers – a group of 15 literary professionals, including publishers, authors, editors, librarians, critics, bloggers and book-sellers.

2018 The Forward Prizes – Highly Commended

Return of the discotheque dancers   Read Poem

Judges: Mimi Khalvati, Chris McCabe, Niall Campbell, Jen Campbell and Bidisha (chair)

2018 National Poetry Competition – Two Longlisted Poems

How the Nettle Got its Sting and Big Brown Baby

Judges: Kei Miller, Kim Moore and Mark Waldron

2016 Hamish Canham Prize – First Prize

Judges: Carole Satyamurti (chair), Sophie Baker, Paul McGrane, Judith Palmer and Mike Sims

2016 Complete Works III – Appointed Fellow

Judges: Bernardine Evaristo, Karen McCarthy Woolf, Kayo Chingonyi, Fiona Sampson, Michael Schmidt and Daljit Nagra.

2016 Watermarks Poetry Competition – 3rd Prize

Judge: Clare Shaw

2015 Anne Born Prize – Commended

Judge: Pascale Petit

2015 Poetry Society Members’ Poems (Summer – Theme: Magic) – Winner

Judge: Anne-Marie Fyfe

2015 Red Shed Poetry Competition – Commended (twice)

2014 Bridport Prize (Flash Fiction) – Shortlisted

2014 PENfro Poetry Competition – Shortlisted

2013 PENfro Poetry Competition – First Prize

Judge: Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch

2013 Bridport Prize (Flash Fiction) – Shortlisted

2013 Fish Prize (Short Story) – Shortlisted

2012 Bridport Prize (Flash Fiction) – Shortlisted