About Me

About Me
I am a writer, editor and gardener living in the Calder Valley, West Yorkshire. I have a degree and masters in Literature and Philosophy undertaken while living in London. I obtained a PGCE in English and History and taught for two years in a secondary school in England (age range: 11-18). My writing credits can be viewed here. I have had two poetry books published and am co-translator of Alain-Fournier:Poems (Carcanet, 2016). I am an editor and associate publisher at The High Window Press.



Ex Nihilo


There is no such thing as nothing.
I prefer creatio ex materia to explain
the mercy of peace and wonderment
that punctuate our damned lives.

Those poor Judes, their artisan talents,
the pitfalls of class, the fostering of hope
Nietzsche felt the worst myth in the box.

I read Shelley in spring and need no-one.
In the wildlife garden I make wood piles
and know tonight the dung beetles
will navigate by the moon and stars

to clamber aboard the turd I've left them.
Sunbeams dancing on the stream by day,
dung beetles rolling around in shit at night.


* Those poor Judes (the Obscures)