Spring News

Spring at last!  Many thanks to all those who came to the launch of my new poetry collection ‘Cocktails from the Ceiling.’  I really enjoyed the evening and I’ve had some really lovely feedback on the book.  If you’d like to get hold of a copy, you can order it here

I’m really pleased that Cityread London has asked me to be their official blogger for the third year in a row.  For 2014, we’re reading Louisa Young’s My Dear, I Wanted To Tell You and Michael Murpurgo’s Private Peaceful.  Two incredibly powerful novels about World War One that I would highly recommend.  You can check out my first blog post here

I’m about to start monster catching again with my children’s show going back on the road including Feb 21st to 23rd at the Royal Shakespeare Company.  You can find out more information here

I’ll be at the Southbank Centre compering their Young StorySlam on February 12th.  We’re looking for young people with the literary X Factor – find out more here



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Launch of Cocktails from the Ceiling

cocktails from the ceilingMy latest collection ‘Cocktails from the Ceiling‘ is being launched on January 13th at 7:30 at the Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton St, Covent Garden, London.  Hope to see you there if you’re able to make it.

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cocktails from the ceiing

I’m delighted that my latest poetry collection ‘Cocktails from the Ceiling’ has just been published by tall-lighthouse.  You can order it direct from the publisher by emailing orders@tall-lighthouse.co.uk or via paypal through their website.  I’d love to know what you think of it?  Also it might make a nice Christmas present for someone!  Here’s a sample poem to wet your appetite –


We walk under a sky soft with evening

along a beach where two dogs

chase each other into the sea.

You lean down and pick up a shell,

no bigger than a button,

white and chipped and heart shaped.

‘This one’s for you,’ you say.

I zip it into the pocket of my jacket

thinking that maybe all is not lost after all.

My children’s show Misunderstood Monsters is still touring the UK. If you or a smaller person you know fancies a bit of monster catching and saving the planet, I hope to see you soon!

I’m also running free writing workshops for the over 55s in Brent with Spread The Word in November.

cocktails from the ceiling


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Misunderstood Monsters Autumn tour

Misunderstood Monsters will be touring again in Autumn 2013, when Georgie and Squeezy will once again be pitting their wits against monsters of all kinds – not forgetting the aliens! Here are the dates (so far) for your diary:

Saturday, 21st September 2013: ARC, Stockton – 2.30pm
Saturday, 5th October 2013: The Nuffield Theatre, Southampton – 11:00am/2:00pm
Saturday, 26th October 2013: Gwyn Hall, Neath – times tbc
Saturday, 2nd November 2013: The Hawth, Crawley – 11:00am
Sunday, 3rd November 2013: Watermans, Brentford – times tbc
Saturday, 23rd November 2013: Middlesborough Town Hall – 11:00am/2:00pm

For more information go to http://misunderstoodmonsters.wordpress.com/

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RSC Midsummer Night’s Dreaming #dream40

Check out Midsummer Night’s Dreaming project I’m working on for the Royal Shakespeare Company. You can contribute on line or join in the celebrations this weekend June 21/22.


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