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, for Morley College and the Poetry School – 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.  I wrote a paper about the ‘feral’ as a figure for poetic thinking – and am currently thinking about pastoral and contemporary writing.

Last year

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.

Recently

DSCN3230.JPGI read alongside Elizabeth Jane Burnett at The Verve Poetry Festival in Birmingham on 18 February 2018.

My first, full collection of poetry, Natural Phenomena, was published by Penned in the Margins in February 2018 and is the Poetry Book Society’s Spring Guest Selection for that year.

31023792_1870963402934638_666483131_oI read at The Shuffle in April alongside Lorraine Mariner, John Clegg, Lotte Lewis, Edward Doegar, Caroline Maldonado & special international guest, Christos Koukis
I had a great time reading alongside Ariana Reines and Elaine Kahn for The Poetry Society in May.  They were awesome.  I also got to touch Sylvia Plath’s kilt.

And I read at Sutton House, Hackney aboard a Gypsy Caravan, sharing the bill with the wonderful Norfolk Broads in May too.  Pages of Hackney, who ran the event, and The Gypsy Caravan Theatre are run by fantastic people who are lovely, committed to what they do and very very inspiring.

Currently

I’m working on

  • a whole bunch of new poems for a new collection provisionally called ‘Menstruant’
  • a hybrid book of essays and poems on the theme of place, ‘nature’ and sound, provisionally called ‘London Feral’

I’ve just finished co-editing an anthology of poetry by Morley College poets, due out in July 2018.

Forthcoming

I’m reading at the Penned in the Margins Summer Party: 23rd June 2018 – and running a walking and writing workshop before the party kicks off.  Should be fun!

 

 

 

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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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