I was born in Bolton, England and grew up in the London area. I emigrated to Sudbury, Ontario in 1969. I have degrees from Oxford and Sussex Universities in England and the Universities of Toronto and New Brunswick in Canada.
I was a teacher for nearly forty years. I taught literature, creative writing and drama in schools and colleges in England and Ontario and also taught for the Open University. I worked as an assistant in the English Department at UNB while I was doing postgraduate work there. I edited the Ontario English Teachers’ magazine indirections and co-founded a small press and a poets’ workshop, 4th Monday, in Ulverston, Cumbria.
At present I divide my time between the Grey County, Ontario ex-schoolhouse my family and I have been slowly renovating and maintaining for the last forty years and a farmhouse in Northumberland in England, working mainly on my writing.
My poetry has been widely published in magazines in England and Canada, including The Antigonish Review, Fiddlehead, Other Poetry, Prairie Fire, Grain and Smiths Knoll, and in two pamphlets, two full length collections and several anthologies.
I have given many public readings of my work, most notably at the last Wordstock Collingwood Festival in 2011 and at StAnza, Scotland’s Poetry Festival in St Andrew’s in 2013.
I am a member of the League of Canadian Poets.
Kolokon prizewinner, 1966
Lancaster Litfest prizewinner, 1998
Double Time (with Pam Bridgeman) (Tidefall, 1994) ISBN: 0-9523236-0-5
Lubenice (Tidefall, 2nd ed., 1998) ISBN: 0-9523236-1-3
The Last Will and Testament of Jon Martinez de Larrumé (Breakwater, 2008) ISBN: 978-1-55081-241-6
Of Love and Drowning (Breakwater, 2010) ISBN: 978-1-55081-324-1
Aftermaths (Barrow Writers, 1995) ISBN: 0-9517581-1-X
Poems 21 (Lancaster Litfest, 1998) ISBN: 0-9524134-4-2
Miracles and Clockwork (Other Poetry Editions, 2005) ISBN: 0-9551749-0-2
Mix Well (Ginger Press, 2015) ISBN: 978-1-897502-44-0
Books in Print
The Last Will and Testament of Jon Martinez de Larrumé (Breakwater, 2008) £8.95/C$14.95 ISBN: 978-1-55081-241-6
Of Love and Drowning (Breakwater, 2010) £9.95/C$15.95 ISBN: 978-1-55081-324-1
Mix Well (Ginger Press, 2015) C$20.00 ISBN: 978-1-897502-44-0
The Malt Kiln, Bardsea (featured poet with The Quiet Compere)
Durham, Ontario (reading at the October Poetry Salon)
Authors and Books Festival in Port Elgin.
Durham, Ontario (reading at the annual Valentine’s Day Erotic Poetry Salon)
Ulverston, Cumbria (supporting Jennifer Copley at the launch of her pamphlet Vinegar and Brown Paper)
Durham, Ontario (reading with Penn Kemp and Daniel Kolos at the Garafraxa Café)
Readings on YouTube
Bargain Basement http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9bIJ0ONHzo
Family Business http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5k17j1Gnuw
Swan Song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9p-2p1Dvb7Q
The Slow Anorexia of Helium Balloons http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uilxKMcS7TY