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 Women, illustrated 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 most recent chapbook, Veritas: Poems after Artemisia was published by Hercules Editions in May this year.
I wrote 100 sonnets, one a day, over the lockdown period in the UK. Here’s a link to my blog about those 100 days of sonnets: unlocking that maddening door