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, 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. I have been working on an exhibition of poems and photographs entitled Ways of Exploring Morecambe Bay (the result of a collaboration with a photographer, Stephen Barlow) some of which can be seen here)
and I am working on another poetry pamphlet.
In the 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. In 2016 I ran a ten week writing course in Lancaster. Since then I have developed and continue to deliver a series of occasional creative writing workshops for Learning Plus.
I am available for workshops and to give readings. Please get in touch for more information.