I write mostly poems, but also fiction – and have a burgeoning interest in sound pieces. I love the poetry pamphlet form and have published two. My first, full collection (working title: Natural Phenomena) is forthcoming from Penned in the Margins Press (early 2018). I’m also working with Cornerstones on a YA novel (working title: Hark).
The other thing I do with my life is teach! I love it. I taught secondary school English and Drama in my twenties and thirties, and then spent some time as a freelance educator in museums. Now I teach creative writing and poetry at Morley College, but I’ve also taught creative writing (fiction and poetry) on the B.A. modules for the University of East Anglia – and given creative writing workshops in schools, prisons and museums, as well as for the Arvon Foundation’s Under 18s Week at the Ted Hughes Arvon Centre, Lumb Bank.
I have a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing from UEA. My thesis considered the relationship between environment, interiority and contemporary poetics; I’m particularly interested in modulations of the pastoral and the sub/urban experience – and one of the concepts I’m developing at the moment is that of the ‘feral’ as a figure for the process of poetic thinking-while-writing.
Throughout March 2017, I’ll be giving a series of free poetry and creative writing workshops in the Reading Room at the Wellcome Collection
I’m presenting a paper at the ACLA Annual Meeting, Universiteit Utrecht, Netherlands in July 2017.