Welcome to my website. I am a poet, writer, editor, and scholar, based in Liverpool. I am a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Liverpool John Moores University, and coordinating editor for the poetry magazine PN Review, published in association with Carcanet Press in Manchester, one of the UK’s longest established poetry presses. I have published poetry, reviews, academic articles, a monograph, and (co-edited with Bryan Biggs) an illustrated collection of essays and creative writing celebrating the centenary of novelist Malcolm Lowry (see Publications for more details, and Poems to read some of my work). My fields of interest are English literature (mainly modernism and other twentieth-century literature), poetry, and philosophy. My first full-length poetry collection, Missel-Child, was published by Carcanet in January 2014.
My short collection Telling the Fractures, a collaboration with designer and photographer Alan Ward, was published in 2008. My poetry was included in the Carcanet anthology New Poetries V, in the Salt anthologies Best British Poetry 2013 and Best British Poetry 2014, and in the Forward Book of Poetry 2015. I am happy to take part in readings and festivals, so please get in touch if you are hosting an event and looking for poets.
For more information about anything on this site, or to enquire about freelance work or to propose a project, please get in touch via the Contact page.