I was born and raised in Basingstoke in Hampshire and I always wanted to be a writer when I grew up. I still hope, some day, to grow up. I am married to Liz and most enjoy projects on which we can work together, in particular our son who was born in 2016.
In my writing, I am seeking to annex the intersection where John Milton meets Allan Ahlberg, not least because nobody else seems to want to. My principle interests in writing are:
I am a poet, with a particular interest in the traditional forms and rhythms of English poetry. Much of my formative practice has been as a sonneteer, during which time I worked in strict iambic pentameter. I still feel most comfortable in this mode but am experimenting more and more with other forms, including villanelles, haiku and ballads. My work covers a wide range of themes, but more often than not is informed by my Christian faith and my deep love for, and knowledge of, the Biblical text. This has led to a number of ongoing projects which turn Biblical passages and narratives into poetry, some of which can be found in my portfolio and others of which I hope will soon see the light of day.
I also love writing both poetry and stories for children. In terms of poetry, most of my recent work has focused either on long story poems, or on non-fiction poetry which aims to turn something worth learning into something fun and easy to remember.
I also love writing picture books - perhaps the most richly imaginative form of writing there is - and chapter-book-length stories which get in, tell a story and get out again. In all my prose writing for children there is invariably something magical or extraordinary going on - even my most socially realist writing tends to have, at the very least, a talking animal or two!