Poetry Performance at ‘The Cafe,’ Cheddar.

A teaching session on ‘Advanced Cake Sharing (and basic story-telling)’ at the Grace Building, Glastonbury.

An appearance at the Bristol Festival of Literature alongside the team from Interact to discuss and demonstrate the medical benefits of reading and being read to at ‘The Listening Cure’ panel discussion. Venue: ‘The Parlour’ in Bristol.

This piece resulted from my fight fire with fire approach to writer's block by writing about the feeling ion not being able to write anything. This wrong foots the block in an infinite logic loop and lets the words flow. The Catch A fisherman waits all day at sea. Despite the bait, nothing bites; his plate remains empty. He can
A centipede of commuters scuttles a hundred feet underground. We break free from jostling briefcases and arm-clamped free papers. Only the briefest of glances to the pearly kings we overtake, wafting their oysters through mechanical gates. Not at that Italian table amongst valentine couples, nor beneath Eros guiding arrows for the tourists  lost at Trafalgar. But there, within that square,

The short story ‘Terra Firma’ has been published in the ‘Reaching Out’ anthology from Cinnamon Press. Terra Firma All the water across the world is drying up. On a beach that no longer sees any waves, a boy asks his father what is happening while he hunts for a dead fish. Reaching Out From the publisher’s write up: “Scarcity of


A day that calls for rethinking attitudes, for looking back it’s clear life’s strains, year upon year, can cause cracks and there is nothing to gain by platitude plastering over black gaps, so would it be crass to utter the phrase ‘Fourteen years of married bliss’ when we still carry the weight of a lost child and haven’t fully counted

This is what fifteen years of writing does to you, as told through official author photos. I think I need to write some more comedy again.

The boy takes a pencil and draws the first walls Takes time to pause, rub out, extend, corrects corners and doors. The basement plans of a building he found at the back of his mind. He takes no new leaf. There, on the same paper, he draws the next floor; some new lines conflict whereas some agree with what was
I developed a method for dealing with writer's block that I have come to call 'Fight fire with fire.' The basic premise is that when struggling to find inspiration of what two write, you write about the feeling of not being able to write instead. This wrong foots the writer's block and helps the words to flow. This poem was