About Me

About Me

Gardener, Writer

A former English teacher and bookseller, I now work as a self-employed gardener (National Certificate in Horticulture) and write poetry, plays and essays. My writing credits can be viewed here. I have had two poetry books and two poetry pamphlets published by various publishers. I was a co-translator of Alain-Fournier:Poems (Carcanet). I commissioned and edited Four American Poets (The High Window Press) and was a co-editor at The High Window (2016-2018). My essays can be read at the Fortnightly Review. I enjoy cycling, fell-running, sea swimming, dog-walking, jazz, travel, reading, horticulture and garden design.


A Double Drowning


from the autumn edition of Pennine Platform, 2023

A Double Drowning

Hunting in a wooded vale

a boy is drawn to a field

and a pond where, on a bed of reeds,

his twin sister, Narci, lies.

Sticks floating in a trail,

the sun-reflected rays, 

flies busy as rain,

do not distract his gaze.

In his time of grief

voices go unheard, as would-be 

lovers walk from the trees

seeing in his stare endless vanity. 

(poem can be heard here)