© Saffron Toms 2014



Creative Minds – Published Kidderminster Creatives website

Nerve Endings

At the Hands of Humans


Night Sky

Published in ‘Restless Bones’ Poetry Anthology sold to raise awareness of the Fur trade – Compiled by Elaine Christie and edited by Jacqui Rowe. All proceeds given to Born Free Foundation.

Clench – Hark Magazine

Half and Half Pig Poem displayed on the Poetry Fence at Acton Scott farm

Croft Original – Poem on Wenlock Poetry Trail

Fourth Wall – Poem on display for DAN arts network – Droitwich library

21 Haiku on Hikikomori used in an installation by Hayley Frances for ‘What’s the Agenda?’ – The MAC, Birmingham

Fallacy Published in a print anthology Great British Write Off

Half and Half Pig & The Cart poems published Poetry on the Farm Blog

Falling into Line – Published HCE Here Comes Everyone Boy/Girl Issue

Picasso of Dance – Published by Paragram in ‘Remember’ Print Anthology

April Takes Paris

Little Blue Hut

Hanbury Hall Poems used by DAN Arts Network

Pamphlet accepted V.Press


Pamphlet accepted by V. Press

Bomb Damage

Girls on the Ground

Weapons of War Ghanda’s Story Published – I’m Not A Silent Poet

Originally written for 16 Days of Activism Event.

Bridgework – Seamus Heaney Anthology

Ambiguous Answers – Paper Swans Schooldays Anthology

Beyond Gas Street Basin – Birmingham Bound Anthology

Late Spring

Fire Thoughts

Grass Root Memory

Caldmore Haiku November


Caldmore Poetry Workshop poems – published on David Calcutt’s ‘Natural Histories’ blog.

Light Haiku NPD – Paper Swans Press online

Shame in the City – published on Virtual Verse

A Day at the Seaside – Nutshells & Nuggets

The Gift – Under the Radar

Fortori – Under the Radar

Lake Glaze – GBWO

BOOM – Adhoc Fiction



Your Sentence of Non-Guilt

Poems for Ashraf Fayadh published in I Am Not a Silent Poet

Expectation Abridged Floodland Issue


Quantum Wonderment – Fairacre Press

Maligned Species Project Spider E-book

ācweorna – Fairacre Press

Maligned Species Project Grey Squirrel E-book

Netted Love


Memory Art – New Ulster Love Poems

Restraint – Visual Verse Vol 3 Chapter 4 ‘American Gothic’

Journey  – Stanza Chapbook

Dali Clock – Hobo Camp Review

Living Emptiness – Fat Damsel Take Ten

Half Life

Shadows Burnt to Stone

Becquerel Town – Shabda Press Nuclear Impact – Broken Atoms in Our Hands Anthology

The Fading State of Truth

First Steps – ‘We Are Not Alone’ anthology – depression

Pamphlet Published by V. Press Fragile Houses

Underpinning – Transition Issue HCE Here Comes Everyone

Demolition – Lady Literature Magazine

The Unfading Cornflowers – 2nd Prize Royal Worcester

In the Greenwood Shade – Three Drops From A Cauldron

Burn All the Clocks – Midwinter Anthology Winter Solstice – Three Drops

Transaction – Me in a HAT Series Silver Birch Press


A Puzzle of an Ending – Collaborative Poetry project with Claire Walker – Zoomoozophone Review


Tidal Mark – Diverse Verse 2 Anthology

A Winter’s Night – Three Drops From A Cauldron Anthology: A Face in the Mirror, A hook on the Door.

Rag Tree – Three Drops From A Cauldron Anthology: Beltane 2017


The Message

Taste of Home 

BIGLit Festival Poetry Trail


Statue in Stone

Degenerates Voices for Peace Domestic Violence Issue

Sudden Emptiness I am not a Silent Poet

World Refugee Day in Poetry – A Collection of Poems published in role as Worcestershire Poet Laureate including – Banksy Gaza Strip (First published I Am Not A Silent Poet)

Shadow Line Nocturnicorn Books Anthem – A Tribute to Leonard Cohen Charity Anthology

Arum National Poetry Day Freedom Anthology WPL

Neurasthenia World Mental Health Day Collection WPL


Munitions Factory

Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC)

The Unremembered of WW1 – The Unremembered A Living Memory Project, Black Pear Press

Halloween Poetry Film Exposed, Budding, Turning, Keepers WPL

Messages Home Remembrance Anthology (First version performed as part of commissioned set of work for Credo.) WPL

Drowning, Contour Digital Magazine Issue 1 (1 of 14 poems written for an Elgar Commission.)

Tree House, Adam Speaks poem exhibited at Croome Court.

Daniel Burton Does Not Exist – handmade pamphlet produced by Polly Stretton.



Human – published in Please Hear What I Am Not Saying Charity Anthology MIND

A Hands-on Approach – Diverse Verse 3 Anthology


Pandora’s Box – ‘Me Too’ Anthology published online

Coming Home – Contour Magazine Love Issue 2,

Journey – Bonnie’s Crew Charity Anthology,

Cyclonic – Moxie Cheltenham Poetry Festival Anthology,

The Mermaid’s Tale – Domestic Cherry Anthology,

Pudding Protest – Suffragette Anthology online,


Salute to the Salmon Run – Contour Special Edition A Tale of Two Cities,

Testing Encountered Romance

Sacred Heart – Twin Town online,



Around the Bend – Every Word Counts online,

From Four Toes to Five – All a Cat Can Be Charity Anthology,

Labourers – Unremembered Anthology,

Carnaby’s Black Cock-a-too,

Heart Warning

Teachers Gifts – LitWorld 2 Online Journal,

Weaver Promise,

Dama dama,

The Ursus arctos Oak – Forestry Heritage pamphlet.





Assistant Writer for Writing West Midlands – Worcester Senior Group (12-16)

Poem on Poetry Trail – Wenlock/Poetry Festival

21 Haikus used in an Art Installation – What’s the Agenda? MAC – Haley Frances

Performed alongside Adrian Mealing for the first half of Jonny FluffyPunk’s Show at  Worcester LitFest, in front of the man himself, who particularly liked my moustache poem.

Arts All Over The Place – Poetry, Performance & Everything Else Festival – I opened the Event with a Poetry Performance

Birmingham Literature Festival – Naked Lungs – Urban Nature – A commissioned poetry performance with two other poets

Mentoring 1 to 1 for Writing West Midlands

Promoting Daniel Sluman’s second collection ‘the terrible’

INKSPILL online Writing Retreat with William Gallagher, Charlie Jordan & Heather Wastie


Guest Poet (along with Bert Flitcroft) at The Poetry Lounge – Ludlow. Jean Atkin/ Deborah Alma

Team Leader – Mouth & Music Spark Off!

Guest Poet (along with Lily Blacksell & Antony Owen) WORD UP! The Coffee Lounge – Birmingham. Ddotti Bluebell/ Jasmine Gardosi

Charity Night at The Martineau Gardens, Nomad Variety, 2 comedians, 2 musicians and a poet. David Rees-Jones

Hark Issue 4 Magazine Launch and Reading

Came third in Worcestershire Poet Laureate Final 2015/16

Lead Writer for Writing West Midlands

David Calcutt – Caldmore Community Garden performed at Walsall Festival.

Performed at Book Launch: The Magnetic Diaries by Sarah James

Performed Wenlock Poetry Festival

Guest Poet Permission to Speak, Scary Canary. Rob Francis

Live Lit – A Night of Poetry and Music as part of the Droitwich Festival.

1 of the 10 Poets (booked April 2014) on the Quiet Compere Tour of the Midlands, The Hive – Worcester

Arts All Over the Place at the Madhatter Charity Fundraiser

Shakti Women – Womanly Words

Paper Swans Press Schooldays Book Launch, Poetry Café, London

Headlined HOWL, alongside Sophie Sparham and Carl Sealeaf.

Poetry Festival Swindon

Arts All Over the Place Pre-Festival Promotion Event. Madhatter’s Ball.

Commissioned with Suz Winspear, by Heather Wastie (Worcestershire Poet Laureate), for a National Poetry Day project ‘Light & Shade’.

Claire walker – Book Launch The Girl who Grew into a Crocodile

Headlined The Poetry Café Refreshed, Cheltenham

Book to the Future UoB Festival – Phenomenal Women

Poetry Brothel – Halloween – P Café, Caged Arts

Winter Wonderland – P Café, Caged Arts

INKSPILL Online writing retreat with David Calcutt, Alison May and Daniel Sluman


Headlined Stirchley Speaks with Alisha Kadir and Mark Kilburn

Waterstones Birmingham A Night of Love Poetry with the Emma Press & Liz Berry

Performed at Feminist Poetry Event raising money for Refugee Action

Black Country Living Museum – First half the PTS collective

The Poetry Salon – WLF & Fringe

Poetry Extravaganza – DAN Arts Week

The Quiet Compere – Worcester LitFest

Midsummer Poetry Brothel – Caged Arts

AsparaFestival – Bell Tower & Poetry Walk, Evesham

Jean Atkin and Angela France endorsing my debut pamphlet

Planning Book Launch for Fragile Houses at Waterstones, Birmingham

V. Press at London Book Fair with copies of Fragile Houses

Being offered Guest spots from the announcement of publication before Fragile Houses is officially out (3rd October)

Waterstones Book Launch for Fragile Houses with Roy McFarlane, Antony Owen and Claire Walker

Headlined Stirchley Speaks alongside Lydia Scarlett, Birmingham

Headlining SpeakEasy, Worcester

Making my first poetry film of Journey from Fragile Houses

Selling my book

Organising Worcester Fragile Houses Launch Book Party

Discovering new (to me) poets


Kings & Queens of Comedy – Baldypoems presents with Worcester LitFest & Fringe

Quiet Compere – Wolverhampton Literature Festival

Headlining Quiet, Quiet Loud, Manchester

Poetry Ballroom with Suz Winspear & WLF

Being invited to join an editing group

Applying for Festival events and subsequently organising them

Verve Poetry Festival – Performing from Fragile Houses at the Poetry Parlour and Come Rhyme with Me

Having my review of Verve Poetry Festival accepted on Sabotage Reviews

Receiving reviews for Fragile Houses by Sam Smith and Rachel Stirling

Being accepted into the 2017/18 cohort for Room 204 Writer Development Programme with Writing West Midlands

Coordinating and performing in VOICES FROM THE MIDDLE for Stourbridge Literature Festival

Promoting the Cheltenham Poetry Festival

Creating 30-40-60 Poetry Show in collaboration with Kathy Gee and Claire Walker

Successful festival bids for performances & shows

Worcestershire Poet Laureate 2017/18

Croome Court Adam Speaks project

Refugee Poetry Project WPL

SALT KING 200 Poetry Picnic WPL

George Marshall Medical Museum Buildings Talk Hospital Histories Project

West Midlands Readers’ Network – Appointed Reader in Residence Rugby Library

LAKEFEST Performing, Poetry on Demand and Judge on the SLAM

Credo – approached by Liz Johnson to perform at the opening of this collaboration between her and Dora Williams, a visual artist. Commission.

Performing at FREE VERSE, London’s Poetry Book Fair, V. Press

V Formation at Swindon Poetry Festival reading with Gram Joel Davies & Stephen Daniels

Performing at Birmingham Literature Festival Room 204 Literary Allsorts

Organising poetry event for SALT Festival

Poetry Talks/Guest Speaker for Evesham Festival of Words, Worcester University and Worcester U3A group.

WMRN Reader in Residence Workshop – Writing Book Reviews.

Ekphrastic Poetry Project Art and Poetry.

Becoming the official blogger for Verve Poetry Festival.

Invited International Guest at Perth Poetry Festival.

Coming 2nd in the Grizzly Pear Haiku Slam



Performing as Guest Poet for Suz Winspear at her Book Launch for The Awkward People her WPL collection.

Performing (Fragile Houses) at WoLF – Wolverhampton Literature Festival

Organising a Transatlantic Poetry Project AToTC – A Tale of Two Cities


Andrew O Book Launch Sue Thompson © Sue Thompson 2014