Welcome to my website and blog!
I was born and grew up in the south of England and moved north to Lancashire in 1980. All my life, when people asked me ‘what do you do?’ I have always said ‘I am teacher’. This is still true. However I now have to add ‘I am a writer’, as for the last twenty years I have spent more and more of my time writing, at first for performance, as I come from a performing arts background, and now poetry and children’s fiction.
1n 1995 I started writing and performing my own work . This material has become a rich resource for my poetry. In 2012 I published a pamphlet of my poems: Out of the Ordinary. Since then I have given readings in Lancaster where I live and in other venues in the North West. July last year saw the publication of my pamphlet Gardening with My Father (Hen Run, July 2015). My poems have been published in Artemis and Dream Catcher magazines, and on line by Second Light. My poem 1962 was shortlisted for the Bridport Poetry Prize in 2013, as was Visiting the British Museum in 2015. I am currently working on a science fiction book for children aged between 9 and 13, an online exhibition of poems and photographs entitled Ways of Exploring Morecambe Bay (the result of a collaboraton with a photographer)
and a further collection of poetry.
In the last fourteen years since retiring from being a full time academic I have taught creative writing for the Open University, and in the autumn of 2015 I led a series of creative writing workshops for Learning Plus in Ambleside. Last year I ran a ten week writing course in Lancaster which has resulted in a booklet to be published later in the spring. Later on in 2017 I hope to run a series of workshops on autobiographical writing.
I am available for workshops and to give readings. Please get in touch for more information.