Welcome to my website – a small slice of my writing life, sharing a love of words, photography and art.
An Oxford modern languages graduate, former journalist, arts reviewer and fiction writer, I now work mainly as a poet, editor and events organiser. I also enjoy writing for artistic commissions and as a poet in residence.
My second full-length poetry collection Be[yond] was published by Knives, Forks and Spoons Press in July 2013. A first full-length poetry collection Into the Yell (Circaidy Gregory Press, 2010) won third prize in the International Rubery Book Awards 2011.
My next collection, The Magnetic Diaries, is a modern narrative in poems based on Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary. This is due out with Knives, Forks and Spoons Press early 2015. I also have a fourth collection, plenty-fish, due out with Nine Arches Press at the end of 2015.
I have won a range of prizes. Most recent wins include the Wordpool Festival Poetry Competition 2014 (with my poem animated for the Blackpool Illuminations) and the Poetry on Loan ‘home-made, home-grown’ Poetry Competition 2014.
A regular guest poet at spoken word events and festivals, I read alongside Bernard O’Donoghue at the 2013 Cheltenham Poetry Festival and was a guest poet in Cork and Limerick in July 2013, after being selected for that year’s Coventry-Cork twin city poets exchange. I also performed at Ledbury Poetry Festival 2013 and read in the Carol Ann Duffy and Friends series at the Royal Exchange in Manchester in 2014.
My poetry is on the Polesworth Poets’ Trail in Warwickshire and has been set to music, animated for the Blackpool Illuminations 2014, muralled on a café wall, on Worcestershire buses and around 12,000 copies of AGFA’s annual report.
I have been a festival poet in residence at a church and café, and National Poetry Day writer in residence at Worcester Oxfam Bookshop.
A professional member of NAWE (the National Association of Writers in Education), I have experience facilitating workshops and running spoken word events.
Extracts of the poetry, photography and artwork featured in my 2012 poetry-art exhibition aimed at bringing poetry to a wider audience can be found in the An Eyeful of Words section of this website. I also enjoy creative collaborations and film poetry. (Do get in touch if you have a poetry project idea.)
I am currently based in Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire, UK, where I run the Poetry Society’s Worcestershire Stanza and I am secretary of Droitwich Arts Network. In 2013, I set up a small poetry press: V. Press.
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