I’m currently studying for an MA with the Poetry School in London and Newcastle University and working on working on a fourth poetry collection, Absence, My third book, a pamphlet of poems about Noah's Ark will be published by Green Bottle Press in the autumn of 2019.
Cinnamon Press published my first two poetry collections, Convoy (Cinnamon Press 2013) and Voices from Stone and Bronze (Cinnamon Press 2016). I undertook a considerable amount of work for both books. Convoy is based on the experiences of merchant seamen, including my grandfather, on the convoys to Malta in the Second World War. Voices from Stone and Bronze was inspired by war memorials in the UK and France and visits to the Western Front, with Jeremy Banning and Vanessa Gebbie.
I'm involved with the Food bank in Milton Keynes as a poet. I have written poems for a variety of other organisations, including the Church of Christ the Cornerstone in Milton Keynes, providing poems for civic events and King’s College London for ‘Cultural Exchange in a Time of Global Conflict: Colonials, Neutrals and Belligerents during the First World War’ (CEGC).
“Just to say a huge thank you for yesterday: such powerful poems, and what a pity we didn't have the poster on display. But I think the poem spoke for itself, and in fact reminded me of the description of the medical examination that Lawrence writes about so evocatively (typically nightmarish for Lawrence, very different from the benign doctor in your poem). What a fascinating entry-point into the subject, and I loved Eeden's imagined reply. Thank you so much for engaging so deeply with the exhibition …."
-Santanu Das, Project Leader and Principal Investigator
I regularly lead writing workshops, including for Cinnamon Press and my local community library. I am available for manuscript feedback, workshops and mentoring.
How I got there
I was born in Norfolk to Welsh parents and had a peripatetic childhood as my father worked for the Ordnance Survey as a surveyor. We spent a lot of time in North Wales during school holidays. I started writing stories and poems at school, thanks to an inspiring teacher, Rosemary Harper, who instead of giving me gold stars would annotate the best ones with TR – meaning the head teacher would arrange for them to be tape-recorded for posterity.
I studied history at London University and returned to the university a decade or so later to complete an MA in Higher and Professional Education. After pursuing a career in higher education administration I escaped into self-employment to allow more time for writing.