Thanks for visiting my site. I hope when you have been through it you may have a small amount of extra richness. I try every week to be a better human, a better poet, writer. Many weeks I fail. But no one has told me a date to finish on, or that things may end with this life. So I carry on....enjoy!
Life is bookended between birth and death, but how many
words you put between them is up to you..
Welcome to my website...Enjoy
Yma o Hyd
I have had poems published in Dawntreader, Sarasvati, Lampeter Rev, The Pinched, biscuit, Allegro poetry, Message in a bottle, 7th quarry, Sentinel, Carillon, London Grip, The Reader, Cannon's Mouth, The Journal, Magma, Damsel, Naturewriting, Amaryllis, Basil O'Flaherty, Galway Review, Treehouse, Scarlet Leaf Review, Obsessed with pipework, Eunoia, Poppy Road Review, The New Ulster, Bindweed, Ink Sweat and Tears, Limestone, Dead snakes, Muddy River review, Poems and Poetry, Red Eft review, Poetry Quarterly, Virtual Verse, Whispers, Dime Show Review, Provo Canyon Rev, Panoplyzine, Silver Birch rev, Hamilton Stone Rev, The Quail Bell, Third Wednesday, The Tower Journal, Algebra of Owls, Sweet Tree Review, The Curlew Review, South Florida Review, Dreamcatcher, The Cape Rock Poetry, The Peacock Journal, The Ham Free Press, Poetry Super Highway and Visitant.
The Fenland Reed, The Poeming Pigeon, The Red River review, The Ariondack Review, The Literary Yard, N2, The Tuck Magazine, Your one phone call, In Between Hangovers, The Adelaide Magazine, Apple Picking Poetry, Low Light, Clear Poetry, Picaroon,
North of Oxford, White Ash lit review, Green Light Review, Page&Spine, Jalmurra, The courtship of winds, The Lake, The High Window, Strix, Reach Poetry, Riggwelter, Always Dodging the Rain, The Ofi Press, Pif Magazine, FuturesTrading, Good Works Review, Autumn Sky Poetry, Faultline Journal of Arts and Letters, Black Arts Foundry, Opportunities publishing, Gnarled Oak, Wilderness House Poetry,
The Delmarva review, Off The Coast, The Tipton Journal, The Lighthouse Journal, 2 Bridges Review,
THAT literary review, Foxglove Journal,
I started writing poetry years ago, infused to write by reading the lyrics of Noel Gallagher. His words from some of his lesser well known songs really struck a chord with me.
There was hope, despair, longing, dreams, sadness and love. I had never thought about poetry or writing at that point in my life. My education was normal, just like everyone else in my area. But poetry did something, brought a light to my mind..
For many years I wrote rhymed poems, and never ventured much from my comfort zone. Then one December day in 2014 I applied for a Ty Newydd course with Gillian Clarke and Maura Dooley in April 2015.
Much to my amazement I got on the course, and learnt so much I couldn't take it all in. Up to that point I had been published in five places. Since that first visit I have now been published in many other places. There are still many big places to get in, but I am seeing progress.
After the love of that week, and finally getting to understand what poetry is, and even seeing that I wasn't bad at it I made a more challenging effort to improve and build a dream.
I was thankful to go again in May 2016 and since then have learnt more things about poetry. This time Carol Ann Duffy was on the course, and her words, wisdom, voice gave me fields to plough for the rest of the year.
I have no idea where I can take my work, whether I write average poetry for the rest of my life or reach higher points, all I know is my passion, discipline, eagerness to learn is infinite.
A working class man with no formal education other than school, placing his feet in the world of poetry. I just hope you all enjoy my work as much as I enjoy finding it...thanks for the visit. Dreams are for a reason, go and have one...
readings this year
Jan 4th Ludlow
May 3rd Shrewsbury
June 18th Whitchurch
June 27th Welshpool
July 6th Shrewsbury
Sept 29th Nantwich
my first collection is now out....! THE MINER, FUTURECYCLE PRESS. It is on Amazon.
My acknowledgements to the following for helping me achieve my first collection. Gillian Clarke and Maura Dooley for lighting the fuse at Ty Newydd. They have been fantastic support and wonderful voices to go to. I would be lost without them.
At times the poetry community have been great, Audrey Adern-Jones, Jess Mookherjee, Sue Burge, Helen Kay, Lynne Caddick, Pat Edwards, Ness Owen, Miriam Darlington, Carolyn Martin, David Chorlton, Alice Harrison with their kind words and reading of my work.
Then others for allowing me to read at open mics, Carol Caffrey, Liz Lefroy, Ian Malcolm Parr, Jean Atkin.
Then a huge warm hand to Robert Harper and the Shrewsbury Stanza group who have fantastic voices nurturing your own voice. I have improved so much since joining.
Without the above I would not have been published as frequently or have a book out. I owe them all...