Coalville, Leicestershire

Writer Biography

Born in 1950 in Nelson, New Zealand. Came to England in 1972. Has lived between in Diyarbakir and Bursa, Turkey. Works for the Leicestershire Locality Support Service, teaching disaffected students.


Selected Publications

Practical Anarchy (Carcanet 1989)
Flying Carpets Over Filbert Street (Carcanet 1993)
Grrrrr (Carcanet 1997)
Resistance is Futile (Carcanet 1999)
The Song Atlas (Carcanet 2002)
Star City (Carcanet 2004)
The Book With Twelve Tales (Carcanet 2008)
(out July 2010) 40 Lies (with Sarah Kirby, print artist) (Carcanet)
The Ballad of Robin Hood and the Deer (with Clifford Harper, printmaker) (Agraphia Press)
The Ballad of Santo Caserio (with Clifford Harper) (Agraphia Press)

Contributed To

121 New Zealand Poets (ed. Bill Manhire)
Poems United (Commonwealth Poetry)
PN Review &
many other magazines

Performances & Workshops

Radio 3 Between the Ears
Radio 3 The Verb
Radio 3 National Poetry Competition
Radio Leicester reading
Reading at various festivals/venues (London Jazz Club, Huddersfield Festival, Commonwealth Festival in Manchester, Dillons Manchester, Public Library and Reading Room Manchester, Imperial College London etc)

Workshops in Manchester, London, Leicester (especially Write:Muse), Derby, Nottingham, Birmingham, Stoke on Trent etc)

Prizes & Awards

Welsh Poetry Prize, Barnet Poetry Prize. Rutland Poetry Prize, twice prize-winner in the National Poetry Competition, various others

Available for the following:

  • Lectures / Talks / Panels
  • Teaching
  • Live Performances
  • Workshops
  • Community Group Work
  • Work Experience/Qualifications

    BA(Hons) Otago University New Zealand
    B.Litt (Merton College, Oxford)
    PGCE (Madeley College)
    Lecturer in English, Otago University
    English Teacher (Bursa & Diyarbakir)
    Special Needs Teacher (Leicester)

    Have worked with all age ranges, also all ability levels (including severely disabled, non-writers, challenging students), in the community and in education, as well as lecturing at university level

    Want to know more?

    You can request more information about this writer by sending an email to info@writingeastmidlands.co.uk.

    My Work

    The Book With Twelve Tales
    Publisher: Carcanet

    Websites, blogs and links to work

    A poetry website changed each 2 months