I am a poet and freelance speaker. My own poetry is often about nature or the absurdities of consumerism and modern life. I am currently working on a poetry performance about the Four Seasons.
I give talks on Alfred, Lord Tennyson who grew up in the Lincolnshire Wolds ( I appeared on Radio 4s Poetry Please Tennyson Special) and John Clare, the Northamptonshire Peasant Poet – who wrote beautiful poems about the countryside, wildlife and the terrible effects of enclosure in the 19th century.
I am member of the Pimento Poets who regularly meet in Lincoln, and have contributed to their anthology, Voices from the Steep, due out in September 2012.
I have enjoyed collaborating with composer-singer Guy Turner who arranged my minimalist, soundscape poem, Storm in a Teacup for choir and percussion. The poem involves an imaginary summer garden party, somewhere in the East Midlands. Ominous black clouds appear and it begins to rain, so the guests scuttle off indoors, leaving wine glasses and teacups behind. Raindrops bounce off the pantiled roofs and fall into the teacups hence the title Storm in a teacup. The short choral version was partly influenced by a visit to Southwell Minster during a thunderstorm and was first performed at Southwell Minster in May 2012.