John Fuller’s BBC commission with the composer Nicola LeFanu, a twenty-minute piece for soprano and large orchestra, is now called The Crimson Bird, and will be premiered at the Barbican on 17 February 2017. The full text of the original poem written for the composer is called “Siege”, and was published in the November 2016 issue of Standpoint.
The collection of double-dactyls, intended to celebrate the fifty years since the invention of the form, will be published by the Shoestring Press in 2017.
The long poem that was provisionally entitled The Crypt of Pelvises will be published by Chatto and Windus as The Bone Flowers, in a numbered and signed edition, on 29 December 2016 (shortly before his 80th birthday on 1 January 2017). The birthday occasion is being celebrated with a profile in the Guardian on 31 December 2016, and with a feature in the January/February 2017 issue of Poetry Nation Review (no. 233).
Other new projects include a series of ghazals to accompany paintings by Syed Jamal, and versions in terza rima of the Mabinogion.