I have been a poet since the age of eleven. That sense of a vocation to poetry came when a teacher at my school introduced me to the practice of writing poems.
Publications in which my poetry has appeared
'The Merton Journal' (Advent 2003)
'Resurgence' (September 2004 and May 2012)
'The Frogmore Papers' (Spring 2010)
the John Clare Society newsletter (December 2010)
the Thomas Traherne Association newsletter (April 2012)
a Lewes anthology Poems from the Old Hill (Frogmore Press, 2012)
an anthology The Needlewriters (Frogmore Press 2015)
'Scintilla' (No. 17, 2014 and No. 18, 2015)
an anthology The Book of Love and Loss (The Belgrave Press, Bath, 2014, editors June English and R.V. Bailey).
I have also contributed to the Faith in the City art and poetry exhibitions at Dorset Gardens Methodist Church, Brighton, each year since 2011.
A poem won the 2013 Torriano Poetry Competition, much to my astonishment. The judge was Ann Drysdale.
My academic qualifications are:
D.Phil in Creative Writing, Sussex University 2012 (a collection of fifty poems plus a critical preface)
M.A. in Creative & Critical Writing, Sussex University 2004
B.A. (Hons) in English, Cambridge University 1974
I have run a poetry reading group fortnightly in Woodingdean since 2006. I have a great love of reading poems out loud and sharing the joy of poems.
I occasionally run day or half-day ‘walking meditations’ outdoors in nature, reading the poetry of John Clare, and exploring our own creative responses to nature, and the way individuals can relate their creativity to the underlying challenges in life – personal, ecological and spiritual.
Lewes Railwayland Project
I am currently engaged in a year-long project in association with the local nature reserve in Lewes (The Railway Land). My mission is to spend a day each week on the reserve, and write a poem on each occasion - I am in my ninth month of this project, and intend to publish groups of these poems in the near future. The poems try to reflect and honour the life forms I meet, or intuit, in the land and through the cycles of time.
John Clare and Thomas Traherne
My interest in John Clare (1793–1864) and Thomas Traherne (1637–1674) has resulted in my writing articles about them and giving occasional talks.