News

October 2021

Delighted to have three poems from my collection ‘Squidbox’ in this anthology published by Brixham Museum, edited by their writer in residence, Samantha Little.

October 2021

I was interviewed by the folks at Dead Darlings Podcast. The show can be found at this link.

https://soundcloud.app.goo.gl/8G9FW32s1rBoq4Lb6

September 2021

I was a guest of Julie Mullen on Soundart FM

https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/totnesbreakfast/episodes/2021-10-02T03_44_27-07_00

September 2021

I have a short story published on Winamop

http://www.winamop.com/rg2100.htm

September 2021

I have a short story published on East of the Web

http://www.eastoftheweb.com/short-stories/UBooks/ClowScho1261.shtml

September 2021

I have a short story published in the latest Chamber Magazine, ‘Aphorisms for a New Viscosity’.

https://thechambermagazine.com/2021/09/03/aphorisms-for-a-new-viscosity-dark-offbeat-humor-by-robert-garnham/

August 2021

Essay published on the Chortle website about the places I’ve stayed during the Edinburgh Fringe

https://www.chortle.co.uk/correspondents/2021/08/09/48973/my_life_in_edinburgh_fringe_digs

August 2021

Had a great time doing a Dead Darlings session this evening

https://soundcloud.app.goo.gl/t9SEaFoF8jVJcwQq5

July 2021

Short story published in Black Moon Magazine

https://indd.adobe.com/view/78d11bb2-f96a-486c-a7a6-3f4454006dbb

July 2021

Short story published in Spank the Carp magazine’s anthology

http://www.spankthecarp.com/issue64_garnham.html

July 2021

A lovely review of my new book and the show Yay!, on the Write Out Loud website today

https://www.writeoutloud.net/public/blogentry.php?blogentryid=116602

July 2021

I have a short story published in The Dillydoun Review

https://thedillydounreview.com/issue-6/robert-garnham/

July 2021

My poem ‘I’m in love with a magician’ read by Julia Canny as part of Loud Voices Silent Street’s illusion project.

June 2021

Learning resource filmed at Brixham Museum

Interviewed by Samantha Little about the Squidbox project.

June 2021

This programme is set to be repeated.

June 2021

Interviewed by Ben Banyard on his website about one of my most requested poems. And also here is the rare extended version of Beard Envy!

https://benbanyard.wordpress.com/2021/06/14/finest-robert-garnham-beard-envy/

June 2021

Had the most amazing time being interviewed by Dr Michael Ingram live on Washington DC radio.

https://www.blogtalkradio.com/ql_p/2021/06/02/quintessential-listening-poetry-online-radio-presents-robert-garnham

June 2021

I was interviewed by Steve Larkin for his chapter on the comic tradition in spoken word in this wonderful book.

May 2021

I was interviewed by Bridget Hart, editor of Burning Eye Books.

https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/robert-garnham/id1507308699?i=1000523544649

May 2021

New collection Yay!, out now! Published by Burning Eye Books.

May 2021

Article about the Squidbox project

https://www.inyourarea.co.uk/news/museum-launch-for-new-poetry-book-on-brixham-fishing-industry/?fbclid=IwAR3MvDsYV_xw0G2COF8Qy1mAcqnLMgfzso6f2S-_TRO-Q29_qyYzp0XwrX0

May 2021

Looking forward to being a part of this small Brixham festival.

April 2021

Here’s an essay I recorded for the Litro Lab Podcast about lockdown, travel, and a crazy night in New York

https://www.litromagazine.com/looking-for-the-best-podcasts-for-writers-litro-magazine-has-you-covered/duplex-cabaret-dreams-litro-lab-podcast/

April 2021

Delighted to have some poems published in Dreich’s Wee Book

April 2021

You can hear me chatting with Julie Mullen in this podcast of her Cakehole Soundart FM radio show!

https://www.podbean.com/ew/pb-bscnk-101e06e

April 2021

I have a short story published in Ink, Sweat and Tears today.

https://inksweatandtears.co.uk/robert-garnham/

April 2021

Absolutely delighted to be shortlisted as Spoken Word Artist of the Year at the Saboteur Awards! And also my show Juicy has been shortlisted too!

April 2021

An interview with Simon Williams on Resonance FM with Jude Cowan Montague. At 11.30 they chat a bit about my Squidbox poem and then play my poem My Mother is Banksy.

https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/the-news-agents-10-april-2021-simon-williams-poem-a-day-1/?fbclid=IwAR39xkU599yqNgCBUCLMhBq7fwF6h0-viGmY2tv5W2wQV09NUJVCciUjQVM

April 2021

Honoured to be included in this film from Julie Mullen and Word Cafe, alongside Brian Patten and Matt Harvey.

March 2021

Had a great time being interviewed by The Brave Moment podcast about performing poetry, comedy, growing up LGBT in Surrey, and music.

https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/s2-ep12-on-becoming-a-comedy-legend-with-robert-garnham/id1534823348?i=1000515096869

March 2021

This wonderful academic textbook comes out this month and there are a couple of mentions of me and my whimsical oeuvre.

March 2021

I was interviewed by Heather Moulson about Yay! and the new show

https://heathermoulsonpoet.com/2021/03/29/interview-15/?fbclid=IwAR1aqpoCxmdSkvg-URBVP8RBZG-hoINWeYtjHBCar1-NPl6RexYTHx0NjjY

March 2021

My short story ‘A Man Trying to Smuggle a Parrot . .’ , will be performed by Kilter Theatre as part of the A Word In Your Ear ‘Storyopathy’ project.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/storyopathy-tickets-143320237689?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

March 2021

I have a haiku included in Liv Torc’s Haiflu project.

February 2021

Honoured to be among these amazing spoken word artists and poets in this video made by Muddy Feet Poetry

February 2021

The latest Dead Darlings Podcast features one of my poems at the end!

You can listen right here:

https://soundcloud.app.goo.gl/h1V1TqnjScKt46MaA

January 2021

My new collection ‘Yay!’ will be published by Burning Eye this May. I’ve been working on this for a couple of years and it’s a collection of upbeat poems celebrating life, mixing autobiography with poems about mental heath. The book will be accompanied by a new show, called ‘Yay! The Search for Happiness’.

January 2021

I shall be headlining this online gig for Incite, the Camden-based LGBT spoken word event. Looking forward to it!

January 2021

Thanks to Chi Bennett and Slain McGough Davey for playing tracks from my album Juicy on their Ptown radio show last night!

https://m.mixcloud.com/PTownRadio/show-and-tell-with-queen-chi-and-slain-mcgough-davey-ep-17-the-magical-world-of-southwest-artists/?fbclid=IwAR2c70zV-oYmLZOQZOctWd5_PsBd57hN4rXXc6vCeYIynAsUB6l4FSmTm-M

November 2020

Here it is! Ten year’s work, (almost!). With the help of Bryce Dumont, I’ve put together this album featuring some of the recordings I’ve made over the years at gigs up and down the country. Featuring all of my ‘classics’, such as Beard Envy, Little House, Octopus, Fozzie, Badger in the Garden, Jellyfish . . The list goes on! And of course, ‘Poem’.

When I was a kid I loved listening to comedy albums, people such as Bob Newhart, Shelley Berman and others, and this is the vibe that I kind of get from this. It’s a tribute to those comedians from my formative years.

Recorded at places like Raise the Bar in Bristol, Scribal Gathering in Milton Keynes, Evidently in Manchester, Brixham Theatre and Incite in London.

You can download it for £5. There will be a CD version shortly, too. I hope you like it!

https://robertgarnham.bandcamp.com/album/juicy

November 2020

I was interviewed today by Devon Live about the trawler which went missing over the weekend, with regards the Squidbox project.

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/devon-mans-touching-tribute-brixhams-4728067

November 2020

Honoured to be included on the weekly Muddy Feet poetry show

November 2020

My short story ‘Flapjacks A-Plenty’ can be ordered to be read on your doorstep by an actor, if you live in the Bath area, thanks to the wonderful A Word In Your Ear theatre company.

http://www.awordinyourear.org.uk/festive-doorstep-stories/

October 2020

I have a short story published on Johnny America today

https://www.johnnyamerica.com

October 2020

I have a short story published in the latest issue of The Oddville Press.

http://oddvillepress.com

October 2020

New pamphlet! To accompany the Squidbox project, financed by Torbay Culture and Arts Council England, as part of their Create to Recover scheme.

You can order the pamphlet from Amazon right here : https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08KR2M649/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Robert+garnham+squidbox&qid=1602321464&sr=8-1

September 2020

I made the Crediton Courier!

September 2020

I will be having a new collection published by Burning Eye in Spring 2021, accompanied by a new solo show which I shall be touring around the UK!

September 2020

I have a short story published in the latest edition of Riggwelter

https://issuu.com/riggwelter/docs/issue_29

August 2020

I have a short story published in the latest Wonderzoo anthology

https://archive.org/stream/wonderzoo_202004/Start%20meeting%20-%20WonderZoo%20anthology%20August%202020?fbclid=IwAR3Cow8gmvHjNseaugztIDyEW0xvoNzfsV9YA_hyarUqOCAfaJDD1rdkcy8#page/78/mode/2up

August 2020

I have a short story published as the cover story at Piker Press this week

http://www.pikerpress.com/article.php?aID=8137

August 2020

Article about an actual real gig I’ll be headlining in Crediton

https://www.creditoncourier.co.uk/article.cfm?id=143442&headline=Arts%20collaboration%20brings%20live%20performance%20back%20to%20Crediton&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2020

August 2020

I have a short story published in HCE online magazine Green Issue

https://hcemagazine.com/pouffe-robert-garnham/

August 2020

I have a short story published in Idle Ink

https://idleink.org/2020/08/01/troutface-in-first-class-by-robert-garnham/

August 2020

I was interviewed by Ysella Sims of Blue Nib:

https://thebluenib.com/poetry-profile-robert-garnham/

https://www.creditoninandaround.co.uk/posts/poetry-profile-an-interview-with-robert-garnham-the-professor-of-whimsy

August 2020

With funding from Torbay Culture and the Arts Council, I’ve started a project called Squidbox, talking to fishermen and trawlermen and writing poems about their jobs.

https://www.torbayculture.org/create-to-recover

August 2020

July 2020

You can catch me on the Spork podcast doing some poems and things!

http://open.spotify.com/episode/1nVgb4Tzxdn6nNB42fuBZM

July 2020

Delighted to have a short story, ‘Amid the Frolicking Penguins’, published in the latest issue of Jersey Devil Press

http://www.jerseydevilpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/jdp_issue_July2020.pdf

July 2020

My show Spout will be part of Reading Fringe Festival, online, from 17 July. I’ll be doing a live Q and A session on July 24th.

Q and A: https://readingfringefestival.co.uk/whats-on/live-at-lunch-storytelling-and-biography-in-spoken-word-2/

Spout : https://readingfringefestival.co.uk/whats-on/spout/

July 2020

A new Croydon Tourist Office album will be released on 4.7.20 featuring vocals from myself and music from Bryce Dumont, Max Coulson, John Samuel and many other talented musicians.

June 2020

I was a guest on Julie Mullen’s radio show and had a great time

http://I love Julie Mullen’s Cakehole | Julie Mullen’s Cakehole with Robert Garnham, 17 June 2020, let’s play it!
https://www.podbean.com/ea/pb-ngxyw-e024b9

June 2020

Delighted to be a part of Improv your Fridge, an online improv show devised by John Tomkins.

June 2020

I have a haiku included in Liv Torc’s Haiflu project, week 11.

June 2020

I shall be appearing on West Hull FM 106.9 tomorrow as a guest of JC Music

June 2020

I have a short story published in the final edition of Printed Words

https://mcusercontent.com/e2c7528f98e8fa3c893c6c12d/files/051fa8ce-4aea-4c72-8c86-68f589aed033/summer_printed_version.pdf

May 2020

I have a guest column in the South Devon newspaper The Herald Express

May 2020

I have a poem featured on the Burning Eye Podcast. You can listen to it right here:

https://soundcloud.com/burningeyepodcast/robert-garnham

May 2020

Great to have a poem included in the Plymouth WonderQueue project, for people to listen to while they’re queuing by means of a QR code

https://www.wonderzoo.org/wonderqueue

May 2020

Hugely delighted to have a short story read by an actor as part of the Word In Your Ear / Kilter Theatre Story Friday project.

May 2020

Sam J. Grudgings has included one of my poems in his weekly collection

https://www.samjgrudgings.co.uk/poems-to-keep-you-company

May 2020

Croydon Tourist Office, the experimental jazz rock band who I provide occasional lyrics and vocals for, have released their entire back catalogue on YouTube, Spotify and iTunes.

Subscribe to our YouTube channel here https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwOYMnXKs9QOWqq_ccSRycA

Here are a couple of songs

April 2020

From Liv Torc’s wonderful Haiflu project, alas ended up on the cutting room floor. But she was kind enough to send it to me!

April 2020

You can find some tips on how I wrote the High Tea poem, and some tips from other south west poets, here on Plymouth Poet Laureate Thom Boulton’s website.

http://www.thomboulton.com/the-lab.html

April 2020

Hugely delighted to have a short story published in the April edition of Defenestration online magazine. You can also download a copy of the magazine.

http://www.defenestrationmag.net/2020/04/thirsty-work-by-robert-garnham/

April 2020

I have written a guest blog for my publisher,Burning Eye, about the writing process behind my Beard Envy poem.

https://burningeyebooks.wordpress.com/2020/04/09/guest-blog-robert-garnham-beard-envy/

April 2020

Interview with me in the Herald Express newspaper about the online Big Poetry Goes Viral project.

April 2020

I was interviewed on BBC Radio Devon and you can catch the show here. I’m on one hour and fourteen minutes in.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p087jksl

March 2020

Absolutely delighted to have a short story published in this RSPB anthology. It’s available as a hard copy or a download.

https://naturebftb.co.uk/2020/03/27/we-are-a-many-bodied-singing-thing/

And a video of the launch event can be found here. I’m 27 min in:

March 2020

I was interviewed by Greg Freeman of Write Out Loud and he reviewed the online poetry gig I organised.

https://www.writeoutloud.net/public/blogentry.php?blogentryid=100544

March 2020

I have a short story published today in Flash Fiction Magazine

https://flashfictionmagazine.com/blog/2020/03/18/the-funnelled-wind/

January 2020

I have a short story published today on Ink, Sweat and Tears

http://www.inksweatandtears.co.uk/pages/?p=20781

December 2019

Had a great time performing in Plymouth! Here’s a podcast, I come in around the 1 hr 11 minute mark.

https://m.mixcloud.com/peter-davey/the-lost-bodies-of-truth/

November 2019

Had a great time being interviewed by Jeff Sleeman on Phonic FM!

https://www.mixcloud.com/jeff-sleeman/happy-sundays-03-11-19/

October 2019

Here’s a short poetry film I made with Muddy Feet Poetry in London.

https://youtu.be/xF5tplYkGP0

September 2019

So, I first heard a jazz band in Totnes called Shadow Factory a couple of years ago and I was immediately hooked by their style, their experimentation, their reinterpretation of classic songs and by their wonderful original material. They sound absolutely amazing and they are lovely people.

So I was completely blown away when they asked if their could write some original music for my show from last year, In the Glare of the Neon Yak, with a view to a live performance!

Ladies and gentlemen, it gives me a huge honour and thrill to announce that I will be teaming up with Shadow Factory for a special performance of my show in Totnes! This will be a really special evening and I hope you can come along!

https://www.totnespulse.co.uk/product/in-the-glare-of-the-neon-yak/

New episode of my podcast!

August 2019

Had a great time being interviewed by the Spoken Label podcast!

https://spokenlabel.bandcamp.com/album/robert-garnham-spoken-label-august-2019

August 2019

I have a poem in the latest issue of Acumen Magazine and I am the featured poet this week on the Acumen website!

https://www.acumen-poetry.co.uk/robert-garnham/

June 2019

Had a fantastic time being interviewed by Julie Mullen on her radio show, and then taking in three different voices in the soap opera afterwards!

https://m.mixcloud.com/poet2727/the-word-caf%C3%A9-24-june-2019/Word Cafe

February 2019

A new series of video diaries coming soon!

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January 2019

Here’s the brief set I did at Exeter’s Word Command

https://www.creativeculturesw.com/podcast/

Here’s an interview I did with Creative Culture SW about the Beard Envy film and other projects

https://www.creativeculturesw.com/spoken-word/robert-garnham-on-his-beard-envy/

December 2018

Article about the Beard Envy film

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/22-beardy-men-devon-new-1896237

Here’s an interview I did with Wombwell Rainbow

https://thewombwellrainbow.com/2018/12/24/wombwell-rainbow-interviews-robert-garnham/

September 2018

Here’s a podcast I did for Thom Boulton . I had lots of fun!

https://thomboulton.podbean.com/e/poets-are-people-too-robert-garnham/

July 2018

The Yak tour, coming to a town near you!

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April 2018

Long-listed as Spoken Word Artist of the Year for the third time running! Not only that, but my show Juicy was long- listed too!

March 2018

Poem published on I Am Not A Silent Poet

https://iamnotasilentpoet.wordpress.com/2018/03/12/blatant-by-robert-garnham/

March 2018

Interviewed by John Tomkins about the Beard Envy film

January 2018

Interviewed on the wonderful PRSD online magazine

http://www.theprsd.co.uk/2018/01/17/robert-garnham-getting-angry-performance-poet-juicy-yaks-finding-voice-interview/

January 2018

December 2017

Pleased to be interviewed in The Shorely online magazine

https://www.theshorely.com/home/robertgarnham

Also featured in the PRSD online magazine

http://www.theprsd.co.uk/2017/12/13/edinburgh-fringe-show-juicy-comes-to-the-bike-shed-theatre/

June 2017
My new one hour show Juicy debuts at the Barnstaple Fringe this weekend before touring the UK!

June 2017

Made this excellent film with Muddy Feet Poetry https://youtu.be/tPGAZ4U4n-I

April 2017
Honoured to have been longlisted in the Saboteur Awards category Spoken Word Artist of the Yeat, for the second year running! Good luck to all those shortlisted.

http://sabotagereviews.com/2017/04/03/saboteur-awards-2017-the-shortlist-and-longlist/

March 2017

From the archives, a brief mention of my blog in The Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/culture-professionals-network/2016/jun/02/performance-poetry-boost-for-mental-wellbeing
Delighted to be a part of this excellent art project!

February 2017

Three poems featured on the Clear Poetry website.

https://clearpoetry.wordpress.com/2017/02/23/robert-garnham-three-poems/

January 2017

Looking forward to delivering a lecture and short performance at Torquay Museum on Tuesday 17th, 1045AM. Admission £5

http://www.torquaymuseum.org/events/details/243/lecture-a-brief-history-of-contemporary-spoken-word-poetry

December 2016

Had a couple of poems published on I Am Not A Silent Poet

https://iamnotasilentpoet.wordpress.com/2016/12/27/steadfast-by-robert-garnham/

Coming January 2nd!

Interview with School of Comedy

http://theschooloflaughter.com/poetry-as-comedy/
Interview with Poetry Can

http://magicbeans.poetrycan.co.uk/2016/11/28/where-im-coming-from-robert-garnham/

November 2016

New EP from Croydon Tourist Office out now! Physical Trauma to Wash your Waffles available for download at £2.50 http://croydontouristoffice.bandcamp.com/album/physical-trauma-to-wash-your-waffles

New book ‘Reception’ out now! This novella was written between 2011 and 2013 based on a trip to Tokyo.

Buy it here from Lulu!

http://www.lulu.com/shop/robert-garnham/reception/paperback/product-22867940.html

The film I have made with director John Tompkins and actor Lee Rawlings will be premiered at the English Riviera Film Festival!
http://www.englishriviera.co.uk/whats-on/english-riviera-film-festival-p1610123