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Proud To Be Northern

Poem of the North

I’m proud to be contributing to the Poem of the North, a growing online artwork commissioned to celebrate the Northern Poetry Library’s 50th anniversary. The Poem of the North includes the work of fifty selected poets, each writing in a…

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His master’s voice: David Almond mythophone

Imagine this... It's the hottest day of the year. You are meandering through the hordes of sun-scorched drinkers, eyeing up their ice cold pints, when you spot it. Slap bang in the middle of the village green! A giant ear…

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Space To Create - Blue Skies And Sunshine

Making space to create

Carving out space to create is not always easy. I journey from creative chaos to fresh beginnings and discover seven ways to make space for inspiration. Emerging from chaos Spring is a good time for new projects. But fresh shoots…

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Spring picks from World Poetry Day

Last week, World Poetry Day heralded the beginning of spring here in the Northern hemisphere. People shared lines from their favourite poems and journalists penned poetry-related pieces. Here are five weird and wonderful World Poetry Day picks from around the…

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North Tyneside Writers’ Circle

North Shields Library Author talk sharing my experiences as an independent author/publisher. The North Tyneside Writers' Circle is run by The Next Page, and hosted by North Tyneside Libraries. The group is open to local novelists, poets and playwrights of…

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Recording an audiobook: lessons from the studio

Recording an audiobook version of my poetry collection Limehaven would be fun, I decided. After all, poetry is music. And rhythm and rhyme must be spoken before it can be heard. There’s real joy in reading aloud. All those deliciously…

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Coming soon

Please check back here for details of forthcoming events or sign up to my mailing list. If you would like me to give a talk/reading at your event, festival or writers' group, please send me an email.

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Limehaven Copies

Win a free poetry book from Living North

WIN WIN WIN! Lifestyle magazine Living North is giving away five paperback copies of the brand new edition of Limehaven in their latest competition, run is association with publisher Cedarbird. The poetry book celebrates the bond between young and old,…

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