Curriculum Vitae

After many years as a teacher, latterly deputy head of a large inner-city comprehensive in Leeds, I first started working as poet and performer in 1996, and then ran a reading and writing development course Grassroots, in conjunction with Leeds Libraries in 1997/8. After that I spent three years as Reader in Residence for Kirklees Libraries, setting up reading groups and managing events in libraries throughout Kirklees. I have been a leader of literature development in the region for many years
  • I am a poet and performer with a growing reputation throughout the North and the UK.
  • I have experience of managing projects in education and community, am used to leading teams, but also of working as part of one, as follows:
    • I have worked extensively at the University of Leeds, in the School of Education, training future English teachers in how to teach creative writing.
    • I work in primary and secondary schools throughout the UK often in Yorkshire [and in Leeds particularly]. I have produced many anthologies of pupil poetry and, notably, poetry for a public art installation in Barnsley in 2008.
    • I have trained teams of English staff in Calderdale schools to help develop writing and reading in schools.
    • I run workshops with writing groups and school groups on poetry, memoir, short fiction, and on performance skills.
  • I am a presenter of large literature events, throughout the UK particularly the Ilkley literature Festival and Off the Shelf, Sheffield.
  • I have a broad journalistic experience in writing about the arts for Yorkshire Metro, as a book reviewer and poetry editor for Leeds Guide, and section editor for Northern Exposure
  • Education

    • MA in English Literature, Leeds University 1972
    • Advanced Diploma in Management, Sheffield 1982


    • NAWE National Association of Writers in Education
    • NALD National Association of Literature Development Workers