Matt Howard Readings

Matt Howard Readings


‘Matt Howard knows his subjects intimately, and has a gift for illuminating the most fragile and precarious among them, such as the fen raft spider and the ‘niche and otherness’ of its mating rituals. All human life is part of the same fabric, and these poems shine with insight into our loves and griefs, our capacity for cruelty and joy. In spite of everything, that sense of true belonging in the world is felt “in every part of me, singing”.’ – Jean Sprackland


Matt Howard’s second collection Broadlands was published by Bloodaxe Books in June 2024. It was launched online with Bloodaxe on 26 June - scroll down to view the video.

The poems in Broadlands are grounded in the reedbeds, meadows and marshes of the Norfolk Broads. They are closely and thrillingly observed from real encounters, inviting us closer to the more-than-human world, its violence, fragility and wonder. Yet the human is always and all the more present; here too are poems of intimacy, love and grief.

Broadlands follows Matt Howard's debut Gall (2018) from The Rialto, which won the inaugural Laurel Prize for Best First Collection and the 2018 East Anglian Book Award for Poetry and was also shortlisted for the 2019 Seamus Heaney Centre First Collection Prize.

Matt Howard was born in Norfolk in 1978. He is a poet and environmentalist who worked in various roles for the RSPB for more than a decade. He has been poet in residence for the Cambridge Conservation Initiative and also the Wordsworth Trust. Since 2018 he has been a trustee of The Rialto, and was Douglas Caster Cultural Fellow in Poetry at the University of Leeds 2021-2023. He is currently manager of the University of Leeds Poetry Centre.


The poem 'Marbled Orb Weaver' from Broadlands was discussed by Carol Rumens in her online Poem of the Week column on The Guardian website on 1 July 2024.

'... an exceptional contribution to the ecopoetry genre, and to poetry itself.' – Carol Rumens, Poem of the Week, The Guardian





Monday 12 August, 7pm

Online Workshop: 'Nature and eco-poetry' with Matt Howard (on Zoom)

Matt will be leading this 90 minute workshop on writing eco-poetry. This workshop is open to all, including those who have never written nature or eco-poetry before.

Tickets £20 (concessions available) - booking and more information here.





Online launch with Matt Howard & Katrina Porteous

Matt Howard launched his second collection Broadlands at Bloodaxe's online launch on 26 June.  He was reading alongside Northunberland poet Katrina Porteous, whose fourth poetry collection Rhizodont was also published by Bloodaxe in June 2024.  They discussed their books with each other and with host, Bloodaxe editor Neil Astley.  The event is now available to watch via YouTube.  Matt read second in each set.  The readings were followed by a wonderful discussion about poetry and the natural world.


[07 May 2024]

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