Welcome, Curious Reader

I’m a poet, editor, agitator, teacher, organiser and word-enthusiast, but not necessarily in that order. I’m increasingly interested in genre-bending. You’ll find poems, prose poems and proems in my most  recent collection. I’m also an enthusiastic collaborator, working with composers, musicians and visual artists. I love doing readings and organising large scale poetry events.


I was a founder of The Shuffle, a regular live poetry night, I was Poet in Residence for Good Housekeeping and a board member for Magma Poetry. I offer mentoring and also teach poetry in all kinds of settings including The Poetry School.

I’ve won a few prizes and my work has been widely anthologised. My pamphlet, Rock’n’Roll Mamma was published by Flarestack in 2008. There are not many copies around. If you want one, email me and I will send you a signed one.  The Kitchen of Lovely Contraptions from flipped eye was published in 2011 is available from amazon. It was nominated for the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize.

A book of prose poems, If I Lay on my Back I saw Nothing but Naked Womenillustrated by Mark Andrew Webber was published in 2014 by the Emma Press.
There is also a specially composed series of musical ‘miniatures’ for ‘cello and piano by Benjamin Tassie to accompany the poems in performance. It won the Best Collaborative Work in the Saboteur Awards 2015

My T.S.Eliot prize shortlisted collection is All My Mad Mothers, published by Nine Arches Press in 2017 and you can buy it here.

A Bargain with the Light: poems after Lee Miller is published by Hercules Editions. You can buy it here.

My 2019 collection, Dad, Remember you are Dead,  is out from Nine Arches Press in September 2019. You can check out my blog on one of the poems here, on the Nine Arches Press Website.

My most recent chapbook, Veritas: Poems after Artemisia was published by Hercules Editions also in 2020. 

My latest book, ‘One Hundred Lockdown Sonnets’ was published in February 2021 and copies are available here from Nine Arches Press.