Welcome to my website, my blog and poems to enjoy.
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 for a long time now I have been in the habit of adding add ‘I am a writer’, as for almost thirty 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 concentrating on writing poetry.
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, Dream Catcher and Envoi 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.
My website includes a selection of poems and photographs from a project entitlled Ways of Exploring Morecambe Bay (the result of a collaboration with a photographer, Stephen Barlow) some of which can be seen here).
ThIs year 2019 saw the publlication of my third pamphlet Testimony Wayleave Press and I am now starting work on a collection, still very much at the planning stage.
In the years since retiring from being a full time academic I have taught creative writing for the Open University. Since then I have developed and continue to deliver a series of occasional creative writing workshops for Learning Plus in Ambleside and have given many readings including most recently at the Kendal Poetry Festival 2018
I am available for workshops and to give readings. Please get in touch for more information.