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My debut pamphlet was published as part of Clutag's 'Five Poems' series in May. It is available to buy on Clutag's website here.

I will be reading from the pamphlet at The Social on Wednesday 18th October, for Caught by the River.

Caught by the River have also been kind enough to publish my poems 'The Firecrests' and 'Shadows on the Barley' on their website, here and here.

Poems 'Wild Cherry' and 'Burning the Clocks' appeared in the Spring/Summer 2017 issue of Structo magazine.

Poem 'The Big Guns' from my 'East of Ipswich' sequence was published in the 22 October 2016 issue of The Spectator. Four poems from the sequence ('In God's Prevenient Grace', 'Elysium', 'Tournai' and 'Wilf') were published in Ambit 221, Summer 2015.

My review of Joey Connolly's Long Pass appeared in the TLS, No. 5963, July 14 2017. My review of Richard Osmond's Useful Verses is forthcoming. An essay I wrote on John Fuller, 'Fun & True', appeared in PN Review, issue 233, January-February 2017, as part of its 'John Fuller at 80' celebration.

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Days of Roses

The anthology, featuring five of my poems and the poems of others from the regular reading event, is now available to buy.

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This poem appeared in the Times Literary Supplement
No.5433, May 18 2007

By the side door her van is parked
and bales lie side-by-side in the lane.
Was she here whilst I was showering,
lining yelm with her muff ligger?
Is it a good idea to call up
while she busies with her withy rod?

At elevenses, she comes down
for a builder's tea and a sandwich.
She stands against the ladder
scratching her gnat-bitten back,
stretching knees sore from the biddle,
braces unshouldered round her waist.

Seeing me in the window she waves.
I wave back, pretend to be busy.
Maybe she'll catch her forefinger
with the spragger and need me
to carry out first aid, play doctor.
But she's done this hundreds of times.

Her fulfilment is no empty cliche
about A Woman In A Man's World.
It's something I inhabit, a warm dry
that keeps me snug in the backroom
when I'm at my desk quoting a line
by Mao: Women hold up half the sky.

[Lady Thatcher]