I'm an ex mental health nurse, based near Rome, Italy, by the sea with my family. I left nursing in 1999 to go to the USA to complete a Masters in Creative Writing and pursue poetry. When I returned to England I was fairly in the thick of things in the London poetry scene-- I won an Eric Gregory Award and was steered (generously) by Roddy Lumsden; I did Arvon and met some wonderful poets. I published my first collection with Bloodaxe in 2005 and, by then, was living in Sardinia. Two collections later, I converted to Catholicism from staunch atheism, and my next two non fiction books were about that story and the life of faith.
My first collection as a believer, Dawn of this Hunger, is out soon
with Angelico Press.
It's become my mission to show Catholics, and the even wider
audience of mankind, how poetry nourishes us. Catholics in
particular live poetry in their daily lives-- in liturgy and prayer,
and in the fundamental dynamic of how God communicates with us.
I am also poet in residence at the Hermitage of the Three Holy Hierarchs, and more poetry can be found there, along with a prayer request form.
The site is growing slowly, so thanks for your patience.
And thanks for visiting!
I love to hear from readers, or anyone else.
Basically I love getting mail.