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.