I’ve added a page called “What do you think?” for you to critique a work in progress. This will change from time to time (I hope). If you’ve ideas on what might make it better, please comment.

Latest News: 1st May: Here’s the URL for “Particles” – hardly the most serious poem I’ve ever written. I wrote it as a small exercise within the MA Writing at Hallam. Yesterday, it won 3rd prize as well as the “chuckle bonus” in the Jacqui Bennett Writers Bureau poetry competition.


So, for 2009 to date, that’s one 3rd, one runner up (Envoi), one 3rd by readers vote (Orbis), one Special Merit (National Galleries of Scotland), two Highly Commended (Chesterfield and Norwich), and one shortlisted (The Poetry Business).


And here’s a list of work forthcoming

  • Poems: “Conjuror’s Hat” and “The Lost and the Damned”, Monkey Kettle (forthcoming, Spring 2009)
  • Poem: “Proxima Centauri” Norwich Writers’ Anthology (forthcoming, Spring 2009)
  • Poem: “Planting Dorothy’s Garden”, The North (forthcoming, Spring 2009)
  • Poem: “Sky-clad”, The Frogmore Papers (forthcoming, Spring 2009)
  • Poem: “Sabretooth”, Envoi (forthcoming, June 2009)
  • Reading at Woodseats Literary Festival, July 6th
  • Short story: “The Silver Quill”, Words (forthcoming, Summer 2009)
  • Poems: “Airbag”, “A Venetian Mask”, “Button Surgery”, “Holy Ground” and “Measures” Obsessed with Pipework (forthcoming, Winter 2009)


I’m also enjoying working in the “Matter” editorial team at the moment. You can follow Matter on Twitter.


My last academic book is a few years old now.

Whilst it’s not very ‘creative’ writing, I think it’s pretty readable, and it’s still selling so apparently useful:

My introductory book on communications and media
My introductory book on communications and media


Reviewed by Shaun Best, University of Manchester as:

“This is the most well written book I have read for some time. I would have very much wished for such a book when I was an undergraduate. It outlines very clearly and honestly the skills needed to be a successful independent learner. …the authors “voice” is one of a critical friend that the reader can trust

 I’m writing another book for Sage called, rather grandly but probably inaccurately”The Undergraduate Study Skills Handbook”. This won’t appear till 2010, though.


Academic papers:

I’m also expecting to deliver the following papers this year: