OXFORD BROOKES POETRY CENTRE
2020, Workshop participant and author for the Veterans' Poetry Workshop, with participants: Jo Young, Tom Laaser, Claire Hughes, Noel Harrower, John Thampi, Jamie Lorente, Andrew Fassett, Stewart Hill, and Maggs Vibo, organized by Dr. Niall Munro, Dr. Jane Potter, and Susie Campbell, hosted by Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre, Oxford, Oxfordshire, UK.
As a result of the workshops we have created an anthology, 'My teeth don't chew on shrapnel': an anthology of poetry by military veterans, that is free to download and share. It features poetry written by eight workshop participants and associates: Jo Young, Tom Laaser, Claire Hughes, Noel Harrower, John Thampi, Jamie Lorente, Andrew Fassett, Stewart Hill, and Maggs Vibo. The anthology also includes an introduction by Niall Munro, an explanation of the workshop process by Susie Campbell, an essay about women veteran writers by Jane Potter, and reflections on her research into the perceptions of veterans in the UK and the US by Rita Phillips. Susie Campbell has also provided helpful writing prompts linked to the poems for those readers who are - or would like to be - writers.
If you are part of a military organization, you might like to use some of the poems or reflections at some of your own events or commemorations, or you might simply want to read the poems on your own. Feel free to get in touch if you would like some support in your use of the anthology. Please note that a few of the poems and interviews contain material that some people might find upsetting."
Quoted in Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre Website