Beyond Calling Distance

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Enigmatic Encounters: poetry workshop 23 October 2010
Join me for a one day workshop in London courtesy of The Poetry School. This workshop will look at some key examples of poems of encounter and the surprising, dramatic and intense worlds they create - and get you writing your own. Click on the Events page for details

Mslexia poetry competition success
My poem, 'Garbo Among Us', has won 3rd prize in the 2010 Mslexia poetry competition - you can read it and the other winning poems at the Mslexia site

Silence Living in Houses
The Silence Living in Houses
Beyond Calling Distance
New Poems
Journey of a Poem
Ordering Books
Beat the Blank Page
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Poem: The Reason

My first collection, Beyond Calling Distance , was published by Bloodaxe in 2001 and my second, The Silence Living in Houses, appeared from the same publisher in the summer of 2005. I freelanced for nine years after completing an MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia where I also taught for several years and edited an annual anthology of contemporary poetry, Reactions. I'm currently an Editorial Assistant and Manager of the Historic Recordings for The Poetry Archive, the world's premier online collection of poets reading their own work. In April 2007 I began working in the world of museums, doing communications for Renaissance, a museum development project based in Norwich. I'm currently completing a third collection. If you're a reader or writer of poetry, or a teacher looking for ideas on creative writing, then my site is designed for you . . . (site updated October 2010).

For a helpful critical overview of my work, visit the British Council's Contemporary Writers website.

RSVPoetry  - My poetry feedback service is currently suspended due to pressure of other work. Thank you to all my RSVPoetry regulars over the past few years. I may start the service again if circumstances allow - check here for news.


Poems from The Silence Living in Houses

Beyond Calling Distance

Find out about how living in the house that time forgot influenced my last collection, described by John Burnside as offering poems of "outstanding beauty and a decidedly celebratory wisdom".

I've selected a series of key words which touch on some of the themes that weave through the book.

Journey of a Poem Beat the Blank Page

Have you ever wanted to lift the curtain on the writing process? This feature follows the (slow!) progress of one of my poems from initial notes, through the different drafts to the final (?) version.

Stuck for inspiration? My favourite writing exercises will help you get going.

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