I was awarded an Eric Gregory Award for my poetry in 1996. From 1997 to 1999 I worked as a writer-in-residence at Nottingham Prison. I have also worked in adult education institutions and tutored on a number of creative writing residencies over the past twenty years.
I am currently a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Hallam, having joined the university on a permanent basis in 2007. In 2007 I published my first full-length collection, The Safe House, with Shoestring Press. My poem ‘Sentences’, published in the magazine Staple, was nominated for the Forward Best Single Poem Prize 2011. The work appears in The Forward Book of Poetry 2011. In 2013 I published a chapbook with Shoestring Press entitled Jigs and Reels.
In June 2015 I published my second full-length poetry collection Skin with Longbarrow Press. In early 2021 I will publish another pamphlet collection with Longbarrow Press entitled Little Piece of Harm.
Poetry, artistic collaboration, the process of writing creatively