Reviews, Interviews and Commissions


Selected Reviews of Full Blood

The Times (Higher Educational)

DAWN - Books & Authors Magazine

Manchester Salon

God Is In The TV

The Parrish Lantern

Writing Without Paper

A Review of Recital at Writing Without Paper

Interviews and Features

Lisa Jenkins interviews John for God Is In The TV about his life and current work on this brilliant independent music and arts site.


Beautiful U.S. Arts Magazine Combustus Interviews John. "Art, like love, does keep us alive; and, like love, it has the power to return us to our humanity when nothing else can."


An essay by Maureen Dollas on the controversial 'One Hundred' poems which name, with equal weight, British soldiers and Afghan civilians killed in the current conflicts.


Pirene's Fountain
John is one of the featured poets in the 5th anniversary issue of this lovely online journal. There is a tremendous profile looking at the outsider strand of his writings, featuring a number of poems from his books. There is an in depth interview and two new poems: 'Fragment', and 'Before'.


Lovely feature piece on the wonderful Godisinthetv WebMag about the 13 Moons Film Series based on 'Recital'.


Spectrum Magazine from Indian Tribune
The need for literature outside the mainstream, Full Blood, Sensuality and Materialism and more


India Express
On being a poet, Full Blood, Travel & Creativity

Two pieces in India's The Tribune
1) Full Blood, Travels in search of my father, Being a male muse.
2) Myth, Travel, On Being a Reader, & more Full Blood

Grace Curtis on becoming a Siddique reader 
and the ideas on being human in the books.


Online interview on The View From Here
Full Blood, Modern sensuality, Beauty myths & More


Online interview for Write Out Loud:
A life in poetry, Full Blood, Being a Bestseller.


Five Sentences with Sarah Salway
The poet finishes the novelists lines, in a very fun posting.

Guest Blogpost - Dead Good Poets:
The poetry of war & these times.


John is frequently commissioned to create pieces for books, films, and dance. Often as part of large scale projects to be used both as as evaluations, and as works of art. John has created pioneering pieces of work for Canterbury Festival, BBC Radio, Lancaster University, Arts Council of England, Alchemy, Blackpool Council, York Minster, Irwell Sculpture Trail, The Lowry and many others.

A few selected examples of these works are outlined below.

Lustre' is a series of poems created in response to the 'Exporting Beauty' exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery. The poems are available for download from Manchester Literature Festival. Two of the pieces were featured for a year on the BBC bigscreen in Manchester's Exchange Square.  


Reflected Lines is a Haiku Trail around Hebden Bridge to give both dwellers and visitors pause for thought. See photos of the pieces here.


A commission by The Centre for Transcultural Writing & Research at Lancaster University to write a series of portraiture poems and take photographic portraits looking at the experience of migration into Manchester from overseas. The poems & photos are available here.

For a number of years John has been Canterbury's Poet in the City working with WORKERS OF ART witnessing the city as his living notebook. He sets out to discover the real desires, thoughts, wisdoms, shadows and secrets of the city. The poems created from these interactions are then used in such innovative ways as turning them to light and projected onto the walls of the Westgate Towers greeting people with art and literture as they go about their daily lives, or as more recently a commission rendered as a beautiful book sculpture to celebrate the reopening of The Beaney Library.

More Images & Info HERE


John created a new piece for the dancers of The Northern School Of Contemporary Dance as part of the London 2012 Cultural Programme. It was premiered at Ilkley Literature Festival.