Some Exciting News

I have had a very exciting week. On Sunday I received a rather lovely email from Jane Commane at Nine Arches Press saying that they would like to publish my poetry collection Bird Sisters. To say I am thrilled would be the understatement of the year. I am ecstatic! Nine Arches Press are a very […]


Today I had a poem (Footslog) accepted by Antiphon and one of the things they asked for was a recording of the poem. I spent a fun half an hour or so practicing reading and working out how to record on my laptop. It was surprisingly enjoyable and the results were OK so I decided […]

Book Art

I just happened across the art book that artist Heather Hunter made in response to an early version of my poem Bee Mornings – it’s a rather lovely thing! I met Heather at Turn thePage Artist’s Book Fair in Norwich a couple of years ago – she heard me read and asked if she […]

Poetry and creative writing in the new year

I am excited to running some creative writing workshops at Wensum Lodge, Norwich in the New year. Poetry Workshop will be a weekly poetry workshop (on a Thursday morning) with a focus on critique and editing. The course starts on Thursday January, 2015, sessions run from 10.30am to 1pm. Students will learn how to critique […]

New Courses for the Autumn Term

I am very excited to be running some courses and day workshops for Adult Education at Wensum Lodge, Norwich in the autumn term. An Introduction to Poetry Writing is a six week course starting on Monday 22nd September. The sessions start at 9.30a.m. Each session lasts two hours and will use a variety of teaching […]

Competitions and other news

It has been a while since I posted an update here. I have been really busy – teaching, working with Gatehouse Press, mentoring, and editing issue 5 of Lighthouse (the translation issue) with co-editor Anna de Vaul. In fact it is fair to say that things got a little fraught for a while. However everything […]

Lighthouse Issue 4 and other news

Well the big news for us editors is that Lighthouse Issue 4 is at the printers. We are having a launch at The Garden House on Pembroke Road in Norwich on Tuesday 8th April, 8pm. There will be readings from the journal plus open mic slots, and as it is also Lighthouse’s first birthday there […]

What’s been happening

Well the big news for me is that I may have a poem published in Poems in the Waiting room. I sent the poem off last year and had pretty much forgotten about it. Poems in the Waiting Room supplies cards and pamphlets of poetry free of charge to GP practices and hospitals. It is […]

Poems published

Well the good news is that my collection is finished, but next comes the hard bit – finding a publisher. I sent 12 pages to my first choice of publisher in July and as yet I have not heard anything… In other news I have had a short sequence of poems published in Salzburg Review […]

Collections, readings and workshops

It has been a busy few months for me. I had my last session with my mentor last month, which means that my poetry collection is almost finished and ready to send out to publishers – sending it out is, of course, the scary bit as you have to psych yourself up for rejection. Somehow […]