I started to write in 2002 after attending Carole Bromley’s University of York evening class. I loved it from the start and my first poem was published in 2004. The subjects I write about vary from personal poems about family and loved ones to political narratives, myth and fairy tales. I have been commended in various competitions; was runner up in the Writers Inc, Writer-of-the-Year 2007; published in the Templar Poetry Pamphlet Prize anthology 2009; winner of the Indigo Dreams Pamphlet Prize in 2010; and short-listed for the inaugural Poetry School/Pighog Press Pamphlet Prize in 2013.
My first poetry collection, Long Exposure at Cordoba was published in 2012 by Indigo Dreams Publishing. The poems are wide-ranging in subject but the themes are about changing landscapes and seasons and include personal narratives as well as poems about myth and folk tales.
My second collection of poems, Breathing under Water, was published in March 2017. This collection is a tightly constructed book in which I have tried to link images, themes and subjects together so that connections weave in and out of the poems throughout the book.
I am interested in the visual arts and for my first book I worked with Joseph Crocker, an illustrator. He did seven illustrations for Long Exposure at Cordoba. In the second collection. Joseph collaborated with David Crocker and they have completed five illustrations for Breathing under Water.
When not writing, I spend my time playing guitar, singing (two CDs to date) and gardening. I also love to travel and take photographs. I had a photographic exhibition at the York City Screen gallery in 2010 entitled, “On the way to Timbuktu – a journey through Mali”, and I won the Explore Worldwide Travel Photograph Competition in 2012.
I live in York and although I like to travel to different parts of the world, I love coming home. I can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org