My first collection, Beyond Calling Distance , was
published by Bloodaxe in 2001 and my second, The
appeared from the same publisher in the summer of 2005. I freelanced
for nine years after completing an MA in Creative Writing at the
University of East Anglia where I also taught for several years and
edited an annual anthology of contemporary poetry, Reactions. I'm currently an
Editorial Assistant and Manager of the Historic Recordings for The Poetry Archive,
the world's premier online collection of poets reading their own work.
In April 2007 I began working in the world of museums, doing
communications for Renaissance, a museum development project based in
Norwich. I'm currently completing a third collection. If you're a
reader or writer of poetry, or a teacher looking for ideas on creative
writing, then my site is designed for you . . . (site updated October
For a helpful
critical overview of my work, visit the British Council's Contemporary Writers
My poetry feedback service is currently suspended due to pressure of
other work. Thank you to all my RSVPoetry regulars over the past few
years. I may start the service again if circumstances allow - check
here for news.
from The Silence Living in Houses
out about how living in the house that time forgot influenced my last
collection, described by John Burnside as offering poems of
"outstanding beauty and a decidedly celebratory wisdom".
I've selected a series of key words
which touch on some of the themes that weave through the book.
|Journey of a Poem
||Beat the Blank Page
you ever wanted to lift the curtain on the writing process? This
feature follows the (slow!) progress of one of my poems from initial
notes, through the different drafts to the final (?) version.
for inspiration? My favourite writing exercises will help you get