I was appointed as Cheshire Poet Laureate in 2004. Born in Stockport and now living in Congleton, Cheshire, my poetry has appeared widely in magazines as well as being broadcast on radio. Eight collections of my work have been published.
I have run creative and critical workshops on poetry for all ages and abilities, including writers’ groups, U3A groups, at writing festivals and in prisons, schools, youth clubs and day care centres. I also run workshops for those with mental and physical disabilities.
I have worked extensively with children of all ages, often booked independently by the particular school or organisation, often as part of a specific scheme. Details of some of this work is listed below.
Workshops with schools and youth clubs as part of Congleton Borough Council’s ‘Imprints’ community arts project.
Workshops with schools in Wales for Flintshire County Council’s ‘Heritage Alive’ project on myths and legends.
Running creative writing workshops within schools for Buxton Opera House for their ‘Feeder Reader – Living Book’ project. The resultant work was published and performed at Buxton Opera House.
Running workshops with schoolchildren of Northwich for the Salt Museum’s ‘Changing History’ project.
Running writing workshops with schoolchildren in Crewe on a council funded regeneration programme.
Work with schoolchildren creating a poem to accompany a newly commissioned sculpture in the centre of the village of Frodsham.
Work in prisons with young offenders.
Residencies in Goostrey and Kelsall working, in collaboration with a musician and film maker, with schoolchildren on projects for The Rural Touring Network. The work has now been released on CD and DVD.
Work with schoolchildren on Ellesmere Port & Neston Borough Council’s ‘Fusion’ project.
Workshops in youth clubs as part of Crewe’s ‘Twilight’ project to further community development.
Work with Gifted & Talented groups.
Work with primary and high school children to create World War 1 poems for ‘Congleton Awareness & Engagement Group’ for an anthology edited by John Lindley.