About me

I’m a poet and creative educator. I believe in the power of words and in sharing that power with others.

I have a background in teaching and have taught in a wide spectrum of settings, from hidden gem community centres to bursting-at-the-seams secondary schools. I have an MA in Writing Poetry from The Poetry School/Newcastle University.

I’m Poet-in-Residence at Vale & Downland Museum 2019 and Patron of Writing at Didcot Girls’ School  and St Birinus School. I run poetry courses for adults and do 1-to-1 mentoring and editorial work with individual poets. I’m a member of The Society of Authors and I live in Oxfordshire.

*New for 2020*

My debut poetry pamphlet, Winter with Eva, will be launched on February 14th with V Press. Winter with Eva is the kind of poetry sequence that you’ll want to sit down and read through, in one sitting.

It’s  “very human, very conscious” (- V Press)  “a poignant but tough love story told against the backdrop of Brexit-era England…” (- Tamar Yoseloff)

Read one of the poems from the sequence here, and order your copy here.

Cover photo Winter with Eva

Jacob Polley (2016 T.S. Eliot Prize-winner) has said that I work with a ‘potent mixture of self-awareness, the subconscious and artistic discrimination.’

Glyn Maxwell (shortlisted for Forward Poetry Prize & T.S. Eliot Prize) calls my writing ‘sure-footed and distinct.’

IMG_5495Photo: Flourished @ Bold Tendencies: by Sophie Collins & Sam Riviere