Many thanks to everyone who came to my belated birthday celebrations in Hastings on Saturday 11 September - including a few who travelled from quite far afield. The Moors were the resident band, and I think gave a great show. By the end of the action-packed weekend, I was somewhat ... well, let's say that, briefly, I did feel my age, but the feeling soon passed and I'm back to my adolescent self.

I am off to the USA soon: Chicago, Seattle and San Francisco. Mainly a holiday, but I look forward to be sharing a reading with Myung Mi Kim in San Francisco, as part of the Poetry Center series at the Meridian Gallery on Saturday 25 September.

Before that, I am reading with the redoubtable Harry Gilonis in the Blue Bus series at The Lamb, 94 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London WC1, on Tuesday 14 September at 7:30 pm.