The creative me
‘Waiting for Jericho to fall’ published 1996
A novel about one mans journey of discovery set against the background of the poll tax riots and Irish terrorism. The search for a soul mate and the shocking truth about a family secret resonate throughout.
‘Ready to Ignite’ published 2004
A first collection of poems where lovers meet and lovers part, from the awkwardness of a first kiss to the pain of a love lost. You enter a world of blurred boundaries tackling subjects as diverse as aids and the response of the drug companies to the reality of life for some on Teesside.
‘Water’s Edge’ published 2011.
A collaboration with Teesside artist Juliet Adele
Poetry and Art coming together from the same inspiration source. Water’s Edge explores the themes of childhood and growing up, displacement, nostalgia, the struggle of the creative process and the joy and pain of love.
Many of the poems are complimented by haunting, bold and playful images by TEESSIDE fine artist Juliet Adele.
Go to the Water’s Edge website page to get a taste of poems and images
A third collection of poems, free to read and specific to this website. Angelspit is a liquescent tale of shapes and shadow play. A journey that forms into a bubble of gunslingers, retail therapists and softly spoken interrogators. Feel the love and post comments at the bottom of the page. Updates will notified via facebook, email and twitter.
YellowFlower Parts 1, 2 and 3 (2014/15)
A fourth collection of poems, free to read and specific to this website. The YellowFlower pages are dedicated to my daughter Claire and reflect many of the writers and poets she championed from Shakespeare to Franca Rame. Feel the love and post comments. As per the norm updates will be notified via my facebook page, email and twitter.
A Last Lick (2015)
A fifth collection of poems, free to read and specific to this website, some written by me, others from poets and writers I admire. A heady mix of love and life with a dollop of fantasy including contributions from friends and family. Feel the love and post comments at the bottom of the respective page.
A sixth collection of poems, the 4th free to read on this website. There are new poems by me and other titles from poets I admire. Poems about love and loss, loneliness and joy, and some, in the case of Irena Ratushinskaya, written in the most extreme of circumstances. Feel the love and post your comments at the bottom of the page.
The family me (and other tales from the keyboard)
I was born in Newcastle upon Tyne and have recently returned to my city of birth having lived in Teesside for the last 20 years. I have been married twice, have 3 children (Claire*, Owen and Alex) and 4 grandchildren (Oliver, Joe, Errol James and recent arrival Eden Claire)
Holding by new granddaughter Eden Claire at 4 hours old. A beautiful addition to the family.
*Sadly my beautiful daughter Claire died in March 2013, only 3 months after giving birth to her third child, Errol James. She was a loving, free spirited force of nature; opinionated, graceful, stylish, vocal, informed, creative and incredibly talented. She was the person I went to with my new work – she was my greatest supporter and my greatest critic. Love and peace to her indomitable spirit.
A special thank you to Marion Wilson, Juliet Adele, Helen Shannon and Dominic Nelson Ashley for their help and support in what can be described as “The Working Years”, on such valued and worthy projects as Write to Read, Newtown Community Group, S.I.R.F. and Art4Everyone. The money ran out in 2010 so for me this seemed like a good time to retire.