Too Late for the Love Hotel 2010
Report from the Judenplatz 2014
Safe Passage 2015
The Letters from Mexico 2017
I live in Bath where I have been writing, giving writers’ workshops and organising poetry events since I left the antiques trade fifteen years ago.
I won the Poetry Business Pamphlet competition with Too Late for the Love Hotel in 2010. The judge was Sir Andrew Motion, Poet Laureate 1999 –2009. ‘A Leisure Centre is Also a Temple of Learning’ appears in the Forward Poems of the Decade. My first collection, Safe Passage, was published by Oversteps.
Report from the Judenplatz, meditations on the European Holocaust, was performed in full as a verse drama at the Torbay Festival of Poetry and at the ‘Page to Stage’ Festival in Taunton. The meditations have also been used during Holocaust Memorial Day events in Swindon and in Bath. The Letters from Mexico is a Victorian love story told in twenty eight sonnets with artwork by Bath artist Jude Wisdom. It was launched at the Teignmouth Festival of Poetry in 2017. Somerset writer Graeme Ryan directed a fully staged production in the Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre in Taunton the same year.
The Letters have also been performed in various West Country venues with musical settings by Sherborne singer-songwriter Miranda Pender and a powerpoint presentation based on the paintings of Henri Rousseau and Frederic Lord Leighton.
MONTHLY WRITING WORKSHOPS for Bath Writers & Artists
FESTIVAL WORKSHOPS in Torbay, Exeter, Appledore
CULTURAL OLYMPIAD SERIES sponsored by Bath Arts Development at the Bath Royal Literary Institution
CHAIRMAN’S ANNUAL WRITING DAYS Guildhall, Bath
MOOR POETS …….and zoom series The Shapes of Poetry in aid of Exeter homeless charity, Julian House.
I have spent much of the last year learning to use zoom and building the project The Waste Land Revisited which will launch on Apri1 11th at the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution in Queen Square. Twenty five writers and artists from the West Country and beyond are already involved in this centenary project. Here are two of the powerpoint images we used in the workshop ‘The Waste Land Revisited : Sex and Death.’