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I was born in Lowestoft in 1969 and left school to work at a printers and then a bookshop. I am a full-time writer, freelance poet, playwright and workshop leader.


Most recently, in 2018-19, I wrote Pearls from The Grit, the successful touring theatre show. Featuring three actors, a musician and myself as the writer/narrator, it was performed to sell-out audiences across East Anglia in October 2018 and November 2019. This co-incided with the publication of a revised edition of The Grit: The Story of Lowestoft's Fishing Village, described as an East Anglian oral history classic, which I originally co-wrote with Jack Rose in 1997.


A Jerwood/Arvon Young Poet in 2003, I have two collections, The Swan Machine (2015) and The Bubble Wrap (2017) for children, and have written three one-man shows including Dean’s Dad’s Ducks which appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe.


In the 1990s I co-wrote, edited and published nearly 40 local history books. In 1999 I began my long association with the international Aldeburgh Poetry Festival and its organisation, The Poetry Trust, where I held various roles for 15 years, latterly as Creative Director.


Since 2015 I have worked as a freelance writer & workshop leader and run sessions in schools, prisons, colleges, universities and residential homes, with every age from primary children to the over nineties.


In 2016 I co-founded Poetry People which delivered The Grit, a project to celebrate Lowestoft's forgotten fishing village. Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the project ran from 2017-18 and won a National Creative Learning Award for Literature and Creative Writing.


I'm the first poet to appear on BBC1 reading a poem on the loo.

He writes with an eye for detail

and a winning sense of irony.

The Stage


Funny, sad and thought-provoking

in equal measure

East Anglian Daily Times


A natural born storyteller

The Scotsmen

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