I was born in New Malden, Surrey, in 1966, read Philosophy at the University of Ulster, work for a local authority children’s services provider in south-west London and live in Thames Ditton.
I was shortlisted for the Poetry School / Pighog Press pamphlet competition 2013 and have had my poems published in Butcher’s Dog, The Honest Ulsterman, Ink, Sweat and Tears, Magma, Nth Position, Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry Salzburg Review, The Rialto, The Wardrobe, and The Best New British and Irish Poets for both 2016 and 2017 (Eyewear Publishing).
I’ve read my poems at Cambridge University, the London Review Bookshop, New Networks for Nature, the Poetry Café, Red Roaster in Brighton, Torriano Meeting House in Kentish Town, the Troubadour in Earl’s Court, and the Wordsworth Trust in Grasmere.
I am also the author of two haiku collections – The Regulars (2006) and The Lammas Lands (2015) – and co-writer/editor (with John Barlow) of Wing Beats: British Birds in Haiku (2008), all published by Snapshot Press. My haiku have been anthologised, including in the Iron Book of British Haiku, Where the River Goes (Snapshot Press), Haiku in English: the First Hundred Years (WW Norton) and Off the Beaten Track (Boatwhistle Books). I co-edited Presence haiku journal, and have presented, or led workshops, on haiku for the Essex Poetry Festival, the Haiku North America conference 2007 and Poetry South. With Ferris Gilli, the late Paul MacNeil and Ron Moss, I twice won the Grand Prize of the Haiku Society of America’s Bernard Lionel Einbond Renku Award.
I have also contributed to The Guardian’s ‘Country Diary’ column.