My writing life began with poetry at the age of five, but on a chequered journey I moved on to songwriting, playwriting, screenwriting and stand-up comedy before I rediscovered poetry, my first love.

I’m an organiser, an editor, agitator, enthusiast and poet, but not in that order. I’ve run The Shuffle, a regular live poetry night, I’ve been poet in residence for Good Housekeeping and on the board of Magma Poetry. My latest enterprise is Somewhere in Particular site-specific poetry for the 21st century. I teach at The Poetry School and Word for Word and love every moment of it.

But for me it’s all about writing poetry. I’ve won a few prizes, my work has been widely anthologised. My pamphlet, Rock’n’Roll Mamma was published by Flarestack; There are not many copies around. If you want one, email me and I will send you a signed one. My full collection, The Kitchen of Lovely Contraptions from Flipped Eye was launched the 21st June 2011 and is available from the publishers, amazon, and selected bookshops. It was nominated for the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. Click on the image below for details.

My latest book is illustrated book of prose poems, If I Lay on my Back I saw Nothing but Naked Women, illustrated by Mark Andrew Webber and published by the lovely 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.


About me   

Photographs by Studio 6, Portsmouth

Now reading...

The Ambulance Box

by Andrew Philip.. Read it in one sitting and then read it again and again, knocked sideways by the beauty and tragedy - and the craft.

Vanity Fair

Not my first reading, but definitely my most enjoyable one. Human nature does not change.

    Now listening to...


Bob Dylan’s masterpiece

Jack Johnson

To The Sea

The laid back songster does it again.

    recently seen...

Blood and Gifts

National Theatre - a fantastic piece of drama that actually tells you something  about British and American involvement in Afghanistan. Hamlet

Rory Kinnear blew me away at the National Theatre. Totally credible, clear as Hamlet could ever be.

The Holy Rosenbergs

National Theatre. Dear me. Lauded by the critics, loathed by yours truly. I’m the one who’s right. Clumsy plotting, caricature of characters, dreadful dialogue.