A bit more about me...


I was born in London in 1952, grew up in the home counties and trained as a production engineer, gaining a degree from Loughborough University in 1974. In 1979 I married fellow poet Susan Taylor and two years later we took up the posts of Arvon Foundation Centre Directors at Totleigh Barton, Devon. We have two sons, aged 31 and 29 and live in a hamlet on the southern edge of Dartmoor.

I have co-led many poetry and creative writing workshops and classes, including in schools, colleges and prisons, as well as a number of collaborative performance projects. I currently run Trade Winds, a monthly open mic session for poets, singers, musicians and storytellers, which has been running for over 10 years.

Examples of recent collaborative creative projects
Flying Dolphin to Porto Heli, Ways With Words Festival 2007
Earthed – A Tanka Cycle for Carpe Diem, Bovey Tracey 2008
Adjusting The Contrast, Ways With Words Festival 2010
Touching The Sky, Ways With Words Festival 2011

Creative projects & teaching
Judge (Newton Abbot Writers’ Competition) 2004 & 2005
Writer/Perfomer of narration for Totnes Procession story 2006 & 2007
Lead organiser Trade Winds open mic 2002 & ongoing

Shortlisted, Bridport Poetry Competition 2004
Shortlisted, Templar Pamphlet Competition 2008 & 2010
2nd Place, Vibraphonic Slam, Exeter Vibraphonic Festival 2009
1st Place, Page Is Printed Competition 2012
Shortlisted, Lancelot Andrewes Competition 2012
Shortlisted, Gregory O'Donoghue Competition 2013
Elected Bard of Exeter through competition 2013

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