is ITV’s poet-in-residence (they don’t know this). His work’s been in a number of journals and magazines, most recently New Statesman, Wild Court, The High Window and Finished Creatures. He co-runs the Rogue Strands poetry evenings, reviews for SphinxReview, The High Window and London Grip, and has a pamphlet due out from Red Squirrel Press in 2023. He’s on Twitter as @matriches and blogs at Wear The Fox Hat.
To walk, move the ground backwards
Mat Riches reviews Spider Time by William Gilson (Wayleave Press, 2022)
Trains necklacing the night
Mat Riches reviews Climacteric by Jo Bratten (Fly On The Wall Press, 2022)
The cruelty and largesse of high water
Mat Riches reviews Summer / Break by Richie McCaffery (Shoestring, 2022)
The end of history?
Mat Riches reviews You have no normal country to return to by Tom Sastry (Nine Arches, 2022)
What does Mat Riches say?
I got into poetry by accident. I remember writing some sort of rhyming thing around the age of five ...
Three pamphlets: Martin Figura, Leontia Flynn and Naush Sabah
Khadija Rouf reviews My Name is Mercy by Martin Figura (Fair Acre, 2021), Hilary Menos reviews Nina Simone is Singing by Leontia Flynn (Mariscat Press, 2021), and Mat Riches reviews Litanies by Naush Sabah (Guillemot, 2021)
Three pamphlets: Matthew Hollis, Holly Singlehurst and Gboyega Odubanjo
Steven Lovatt reviews Leaves by Matthew Hollis, Mat Riches reviews The Sea Turned Thick as Honey by Holly Singlehurst, and Hilary Menos reviews Aunty Uncle Poems by Gboyega Odubanjo
Three pamphlets: Richie McCaffery, Phoebe Stuckes and Julia Bird
Mat Riches reviews Coping Stones by Richie McCaffery, Emma Simon reviews The One Girl Gremlin by Phoebe Stuckes and Hilary Menos reviews is, thinks Pearl by Julia Bird
Body, you are beautiful, you are beautiful
Mat Riches reviews When I Think of my Body as a Horse by Wendy Pratt (Smith|Doorstop, 2021)