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Jon is a writer and editor who specialises in micro-fantasies and formal play. His poems tend toward myth-infused fiction, brief portraits, or games of sequence and combination. He edits multi-author books that blur the lines between genres.

Poetry London have called him a “poet of fantastic inversions”. His work has been published in The Sunday Times and performed on BBC Radio 4, as well as appearing in a number of British and international journals. He won an Eric Gregory Award in 2012 and the Poetry London prize in 2014 and 2016.

He has also published academic papers in the field of game studies. A monograph, Dual Wield: The Interplay of Poetry and Videogames, is due out in late 2021 from DeGruyter.

“Voraciously experimental, precociously accomplished.” Poetry International

“Multifaceted, mega-fabricated, louche architecture.” Magma

Superminis
(Sidekick Books, 2013)

Superminis was a minor experiment during the period when I was editing and compiling the Birdbooks series. I picked four species of bird which have proven particularly popular with generations of poets – blackbird, swift, kestrel and kingfisher – and put together a tiny booklet for each, comprising pre-existing poems, mostly in the public domain, some with permission from the original publishers. I produced illustrations for the covers, and they were then sold as a complete set, mostly at book fairs.

The ‘head-on’ theme of the covers proved to be the starting point for what would later become the Headbooks series.

More projects

Poems

On Toys

Ludokinetic
Literature

Unravelanche

School
of Forgery

I could kiss, say,

Headbooks

Scarecrows

Hybardrids

Tomboys

Birdbooks

Super Treasure
Arcade

Death Daydream
Season

Sidekick Books

Core Samples

Riotous

Superminis

The
Mechamorphoses

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