"I loved the mix of poems that have been collated. I liked how each of the poems revolved around the idea of one journey ending and another beginning. For example this line from Karaoke as Kublai Khan
'The deadline comes just as I’m belting out Xanadu.
Tommorrow, according to the plan, I will be someone new.'
It created a very succinct collection of poems that strung together seamlessly."
A really nice introduction to my latest poetry pamphlet
The latest of my #5MinuteStories is available now in the new edition of the Fairy Tale Review. It's called The Feather Dress, and it's a story of strange obsession, heartbreak, and a girl with wings. You can find it in the Translucent issue of the review here:
I recently visited the Bear Sanctuary in Transylvania, an amazing place that works to rehabilitate and provide a natural sanctuary for bears that have been rescued from circuses, private zoos and entertainment shows. Some of the stories were very sad, but it was great to see the animals being given a second chance. And it reminded me of the project I did a few years ago about Beargardens in Elizabethan England - find the details in my blogpost below.
Bram Stoker apparently dreamed up the premise for Dracula "in a nightmarish dream after eating too much dressed crab." He never visited Transylvania, and there certainly aren't any crabs here (plenty of bears and wolves though), but this place still makes a strong claim to being the inspiration for Dracula's Castle.
Here's the interview I've just done about my second novel The Book of Crows, which is being serialised from Thursday on The Pigeonhole. There are limited free slots to read the book in digital serialisation with me reading along, so be quick if you want to grab one.
There's just 3 days left to sign up to read The Book of Crows, my novel about a mystery tangled in Chinese history, at the Pigeonhole. They're an online bookclub, providing a new chapter each day along with all kinds of new and extra content:
My first novel, Under Fishbone Clouds, was chosen as one of the most-enjoyed books of last year in The News on Sunday.
"One of the best books I read in 2016 was Sam Meekings’ 2009 novel Under Fishbone Clouds, and I could kick myself a million times over for having only gotten around to reading the book this year"
Was the Silk Road the world's first version of the Internet? That's exactly what I'm suggesting in my guest blog post over at the Pigeonhole. They're a digital book club about to serialise my novel The Book of Crows - and there are still a few spaces left, so sign up while you still can! Why was the Silk Road so unique, and why do it's stories still matter now? Read my blog about it at ow.ly/8UdX307RTHF
Wondering what is the 'other' shore? A new blog post over at my website explains the link to Buddhist dharma, the snaking trail of the Silk Road, and translating poems about the afterlife...
'The Other Shore', my latest poetry pamphlet, is now available from the link below: https://store.eyewearpublishing.com/products/the-other-shore
I'm going to be posting more v soon about readings, events and broadcasts, but for now here's how it starts:
"We go because we long for this: returning....
Because the hardest thing is letting go
We give half our lives to learning
What it is we mean when we talk of home."
My poetry pamphlet, The Other Shore, is out in December from Eyewear Press. It is a collection that explores the many different voices the dead use to speak with the living. We travel through modern China and beyond, to the underworlds, in poems that present a fresh take on grief, our concept of the afterlife, and acceptance of loss.
"Words, sweat and gears" - an article about the Poetry Bike Tour I took part in across the South Downs. So far this week I've read in Chichester, Beachy Head, Birling Gap, Charleston, Firle, and Singleton, and today I'll be at the South Downs Poetry Festival main hall in Petersfield. Come along if you're nearby!
Sam Meekings (author of Under Fishbone Clouds, The Books of Crows, and The Bestiary) will be reading from his new pamphlet from Eyewear Press, The Other Shore: a book of poems about the voices the dead use to speak with us. This will be followed by Open Mic poetry. Tickets £3.50 (discountable against book purchase). Come along and listen to new poems, or even read some of your own.
Local poet and novelist Sam Meekings has been published around the world, and praised in the Ne...w York Times and the Scottish Review of Books, among others. He has also been featured on the BBC website, in The Independent, on Arena on Radio 1, and in the National Geographic. He recently received an award from the Society of Authors, and been published in a range of magazines and journals.
The Other Shore is a short book of poetry about travel, loss, love, and journeying into the past.
I'm honoured that El Pais considers me on a par with Ruth Padel (and others) in this article on the Best British Writers, and even goes as far as calling me "one of the most original voices of the current British poetry" (at least, according to google translate): http://cultura.elpais.com/…/…/babelia/1447936511_552625.html