I was born (at a very young age) in Northumberland in the north-east of England. These days you can find me in Somerset in the south-west. In between I lived in London for quite a long time and also travelled around a bit.
I’ve done lots of different jobs over the years – I’ve worked in libraries, in restaurants, for the government, on a bicycle, in publishing, on websites, in charities, in France and Thailand, in universities, for travel companies and more.
As a child I wrote poems and stories, and then for a long time I didn’t – until around my mid-30s when I suddenly started writing again. Maybe some day when we know each other a little better, I’ll tell you how that came about.
Since then, my poems for adults and children have been published in a bunch of books and magazines. I’m proud to say they’ve even won, or been shortlisted for, one or two awards here and there. They’ve also been performed by actors, displayed on buses, used as song lyrics, hung on a pub wall, made into short films and turned into comic art.
It’s really exciting to be involved in poetry at a time when people are experimenting with what poetry is and what it can be and do. I particularly love working with other writers, visual artists, musicians and performers – actually, anyone who’s up for it – to explore all kinds of different ways of making and sharing poetry.
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Children’s Poetry Summit: Poetry and Mental Health
Children’s Poetry Summit: Guerrilla Poetry
Children’s Poetry Summit: Children’s Poetry in Translation
Federation of Children’s Book Groups: Welcome to the imagination – where myths, magic and mayhem collide