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For 2014/15 I am Staffordshire Poet Laureate and Poet in residence at Uttoxeter racecourse.
If you want to hear me perform, check out my “appearances” tab, if you want to see not only my poetry reviews, but also those of some of the top wordsmiths in the Midlands, check out the “Behind the Arras” website.If you would like to hear me, and a brilliant selection of Spoken Word, check out Radio Wildfire. I have run a poetry workshop in prison, for prisoners, and am a member of Write Down Speak Up, Birmingham’s leading poetry collective, as well as Lichfield Poets.
I have performed at over fifty venues and have guested at the Worcester Literary,Ludlow Arts,Hullaballoo Music and Arts, Stafford Arts, Cheltenham Poetry,Ledbury Poetry, Much Wenlock Poetry and Lichfield Literary Festivals.
You may have read my work in the inaugural “Be” magazine,published in conjunction with the Worcester Literary Festival, “Battle Lines” the Lichfield Poets Anthology in support of the National Memorial Arboretum, “Smoke & Mirrors” an anthology containng the likes of John Cooper Clarke and Attila the Stockbroker, Silhouette Press’s “Here Comes everyone” or Crystal Clear creator’s “Hearing Voices”.I was also shortlisted for Birmingham Poet Laureate 2011 and performed at the opening of the Birmingham Book Festival with Matt Harvey, and my work is on permanent display on the Polesworth Poetry Trail, a poem on the glories of Pooley Hall. At Wolverhampton Art Gallery and Museum you may hear me reading several poems at audio points in the Sculpture Gallery.