I am a writer, teacher and publisher.
My ‘New and Selected Poems’, Just Like That, was published by Smith/Doorstop in 2012, and Peace Camp, a chapbook, was published by Maquette Press in 2015. These follow five previous collections.
I write prose pieces as well: I contributed to London: City of Disappearances (Hamish Hamilton) and a chapter on creative writing (‘Singing Schools and Beyond’) appeared in the O.U.P. Handbook of Contemporary British and Irish Poetry.
Forthcoming are articles on David Bowie for ‘The North’ and for Fill Your Heart an anthology of writing edited by novelist Tiffany Murray, due for publication by Unbound in January 2017.I have co-directed Worple Press since 1997, editing and publishing work by many major writers including Elizabeth Cook, Kevin Jackson, Iain Sinclair and Clive Wilmer. I am also literary editor to William Curtis Hayward.
I live and teach in Kent; I have been a teacher of English from 1980, and at Tonbridge School since 1992. I have worked in Senior Management roles and as Head of Department. I set up ‘Tonbridge Professional Development’ courses and run professional development courses for teachers.
I was Creative Writing Fellow at the University of Reading during 2007-08, was made a Visiting Fellow at the University of Warwick in 200I, and teach creative writing for many organisations and groups. On May 18th I am a guest reader for the Arvon Foundation.
I am married to Amanda, and we have two daughters, Zoë and Beatrice.