Past CV 1989-2010

2010

Current and forthcoming projects

• Working towards a second collection.

• PhD research involving experiments in poetic form..

• Recent/future projects, cross-disciplinary, multi-media e.g.

• Photographic: poetry/photographic collaboration with
poet/photographer Ben Webb
• Holographic/lenticular/3D: discussions/practical work
with Professor Martin Richardson
and others at DMU.
• Film/Video experimentation with filmed visuals
and poetry with Keith Allott
of Phoenix Arts Centre.

• Sound possible sound-recording of poetry
with Rob Watson DMU.

Appearance at Big Session music festival as part of Blue Monsoon’s spoken word performance events (June 2010).

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Reading with post-graduates in creative writing as part of the Cultural
eXchanges events at DMU.

Reading at Leicester Poetry Society with Matt Merritt and Lydia Towsey
at Friends Meeting House, Leicester.

Reading with Louise Ann Munn, Matt Merritt and Jane Commane
and at Friends Meeting House Leicester

Performed as one of the poets in The Poetry Brothel organised by Tim Grayson
as part of the Imaginarium events at Leicester Comedy Festival.

2009

Guest artist at Word! at The Y in Leicester.

Launch of my collection, The Japan Quiz as part of the Cultural
eXchanges events at DMU

Selected to read at the Nottingham Poetry Series which is run
by Eireann Lorsung at Lakeside Arts Centre.

Reading with Alison Dunne at the Polyverse Poetry Festival
Loughborough University.

Poem ‘The Boatman’s Love-Song’ chosen for publication
and commentary by Carol Ann Duffy in her weekly feature on poems
by women poets in The Daily Mirror.

Involved in The Lyric Lounge at The Y in Leicester: Producer of the
event ‘Write Way Up’ where poets devised performances using museum objects.

2008

Chaired poetry panel at Writing Industries Conference, Loughborough University.

Publication of poetry collection The Japan Quiz by Redbeck Press.

Publication of pamphlet Hologram by Sunk Island Publishing,
editor Michael Blackburn as a result of Michael reading and liking poems
on my blog on My Space and on my poetry blog, ‘Heckle’.

Reading with River Wolton and Michael Laskey as part of The Poetry
Business events at the Off the Shelf Festival, Sheffield.

Appeared as one of the Word! poets for Phrased and Confused at the
Summer Sundae Weekender in Leicester..

2007

Inky Fish poets’ tour of the East Midlands

Reading at The Troubadour club in London as part of Coffee-House
Poetry’s New Voices series

Guest lecture for first year BA Creative Writing Students
at DMU on opportunities for poets.

First prize winner in Leicestershire Libraries Crime Poem
competition with ‘Noir Crossing’

Led Behind the Scenes at the Museum Poetry Workshop
at Barrow Museum Stores

Led workshop on how creative writing can be used
to record natural observations of the environment at Barrow
Museum Stores

Led Poetry Pathway in Kibworth for Leicestershires Libraries

Became one of the organisers of Word!, Leicester’s longest-
running spoken word, open-mic night , formerly at Bambu now at The Y.

Selected as one of 7 poets by John Clarke of Sheffield for the first
staging of his exhibition In Their Own Words collaboration
between poets/artist/jewellers.

P P P

 

Hold back your head

think of your name

age

address

 

What can you read on the ceiling?

 

Stand on one leg

feel a ghost leg buckle inside.

 

                 Is it an N or an E?

 

You’re caught in a downpour

of light

 

Wait for the black boxes.

You will see black boxes.

                 

 

and dark. That will be all

for now. That will be all

2006

Selected for creative programme: Writers2Readers
as one nine regional writers paired with East Midlands reading groups
Worked with group of elderly women readers at Knighton Library

Second prize winner in Three Cities Poetry Competition

Launch of pamphlet Show Date and Time along with Alison Dunne
launching April’s Fish at Market Harborough Library, Leics.

Professional blogger (‘Cassis’) for Frontline Books, Leicester.

Successful bid for grant from Arts Council with other poets
to tour as Inky Fish collective

Led Poetry Pathway in Rothley for Leicestershire Libraries

2005

Took part in the Masterclass with Jane Hirschfield at the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, 2005.

Masterclass aldeburgh 2005.jpg

 

First-stage prize-winner in The Poetry Business pamphlet
competition judged by Simon Armitage.
Publication of Show Date and Time. (2006)

 

Led Behind the Scenes at the Museum Poetry Workshop
at Wigston Record Office.

2004

Selected for The Writing School at The Poetry Business in Huddersfield.
Tutored by Peter and Ann Sansom.(2004-6)

Led Behind the Scenes at the Museum Poetry Workshop
at Wigston Record Office

First Prize in Nottingham International Poetry Competition judged by Ruth Padel with ‘Resurrection’.
Everybody’s Reading Festival, Leicester – performed as part of
‘Venus and Mars’ poetry collective at the Secular Hall for Frontline Books

2003

Selected as one of the writers for the 24-8 East Midlands
Regional Writers’ Tour sponsored by the Arts Council
and East Midlands Arts and toured East Midlands
with Kevin Fegan and Peter Rumney.
Commissioned to write poems based in the East Midlands
as part of this-‘Around Foxton’ (5 poems) was the result.

Led Behind the Scenes at the Museum Poetry Workshop
at Holly Hayes Environmental Centre.

Runner-up Nottingham International Poetry Competition
judged by Graham Mort with ‘The House Across the Road’..

Runner-up in Mslexia Poetry Competition judged by Jo Shapcott
with ‘In Sparkenhoe Street’.

Reading at Leicester Poetry Society

2002

Runner-up Nottingham International Poetry Competition
judged by Neil Astley with ‘The Boatman’s Love-Song’.

Led Behind the Scenes at the Museum Poetry Workshop
at Holly Hayes Environmental Centre

Runner-up in Arvon International Poetry Competition judged
by Jo Shapcott with ‘The Secret’.

2001

Led Behind the Scenes at the Museum Poetry Workshop at Holly Hayes
Environmental Centre

Selected for Advanced Poetry Arvon Course at Lumb Bank
-tutors Carol Ann Duffy and Gillian Clarke

1999

Runner-up in Redbeck Poetry Pamphlet Competition
judged by Ian Macmillan.

Publication of pamphlet Parting the Ghosts of Salt as a result. (2000)

1998

Runner-up in Arvon International Poetry Competition
judged by Andrew Motion with ‘Atlantis Season‘.

Publication of pamphlet Spin by Waldean Press

1996

New Voices Tour of East Midlands

1995
Poem ‘Valentine’ published in The Observer (in the days when they
published any poetry let alone from unknowns!)

Awarded Writer’s Bursary of £5000 by East Midlands Arts.

Selected as one of the New Voices to tour East Midlands along with
Joe Fearn and Gilly Bolton.

1992
3rd Prize in Cardiff International Poetry Competition with
judged by Tony Curtis and Jackie Kay

1989

Runner up in World Wildlife Fund Poetry Competition-judge Ted Hughes
Subsequent publication of ‘The Last Leaf in the World ‘in
The Orange Dove of Fiji.