About Me

I write poems and fiction, and make occasional sound pieces for fun.  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 sound and hearing and the sub/urban experience of environment.  One of the concepts I’m developing at the moment is that of the ‘feral’ as a figure for poetic thinking.


Throughout March 2017, I gave a series of free poetry and creative writing workshops in   the Reading Room at the Wellcome Collection and presented a paper at the  ACLA Annual Meeting, Universiteit Utrecht, Netherlands in July 2017.


I’m working on a hybrid book of essays and poems on the theme of place and sound …

.. and I’m finishing off Hark, a YA Fantasy novel set on an alt-Earth, about a girl with super-hearing who has to save her engineering community from occupation by the City.  Nearly ready to submit to agents: wish me luck!


My first, full collection of poetry, Natural Phenomena, will be out with Penned in the Margins in early 2018.

4 thoughts on “About Me

    1. Andrew, thank you! Enjoyed yours too, I think your work so interesting (and the poems you shared, would love to encounter them again at close quarters – publications?). I think our interests are well aligned, shall be following your work closely! All best, Meryl

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