Having lived in Yorkshire for almost 50 years, I consider myself to be a “naturalised Northerner” - although the vestiges of a Cockney twang can still be detected on occasion. Completing my studies at Hull University, I spent the next 40 years exploring the city’s learning landscape, taking on roles across the education spectrum. Recently edging into retirement (initially somewhat gingerly) I have undertaken a variety of voluntary roles in the thriving market town of Beverley in East Yorkshire, where I now live. My poems are regularly published in Just Beverley magazine.
I have published two collections of poetry (although the first is out of print) and two novels (click on Books for details). I am presently compiling a third collection of my poetry.
In October 2014, together with fellow-poets Catherine Scott and Clint Wastling, we decided to "barge" our way into the Beverley Literature Festival by staging a Fringe poetry event on board Syntan - a lovingly-restored barge moored on Beverley Beck. "Argy-Bargy Poetry" practically suggested itself as a title and the event was well received. (At least, that's how we interpreted the comment, "Have you thought of doing this somewhere else?") We have since performed as the "Argy-Bargy Poets" in various venues in the East Riding of Yorkshire - with further gigs planned. (Click Diary Dates tab for details.)