This race of meltwater,
sweet talker, springs growth
from the winter
bed of the wood
I’m a poet, writer and experienced educator, based in Shropshire. I’ve worked on a variety of residencies in both England and Scotland and provide workshops and readings to schools, festivals and community organisations. I’m currently Troubadour of the Hills for Ledbury Poetry Festival, and Poet in Residence for Hargate Primary School in West Bromwich. I work there regularly. It’s lovely.
This year I’m also National Poetry Day’s BBC Poet for Shropshire – so I’ve written a commissioned poem inspired by the #HomeTruths of the county, as listeners suggest their ideas and experiences. It turned out that Shropshire has harboured many unexpected elephants. You can read the poem, watch it and hear it here. I also make poetry in health and wellbeing contexts, including Social Prescription, and am experienced in working with the very elderly, and people living with dementia. I like to work in collaboration with other artists and organisations when the opportunity arises.
Every two months, I organise The Poetry Lounge, Ludlow’s spoken word night, which welcomes guest poets and provides open mic opportunities.
I provide ‘poetry-theatre’ as The Spellwright for festivals and events: Spells Written To Your Requirements Without Delay. I’ve done spells for growing wings, for opening locked doors, for persuading an owl to speak, for invisibility – and many more.
I mentor emerging poets and work regularly with children and young people, often through Writing West Midlands – I’m lead writer for Shrewsbury Spark Young Writers. With all this going on, I’ve found it vital to be a professional member of NAWE and have an enhanced DBS certificate.
My second collection, How Time is in Fields was published in spring 2019 by Indigo Dreams Publishing, and launched at Cheltenham Poetry Festival. I’ve previously published Not Lost Since Last Time with Oversteps Books (2013), pamphlets with Roncadora Press, Ravenglass Press and Biscuit Tin Press, and a children’s novel, The Crow House. And I have a taxidermied Crow, who comes to workshops with me.