Achievements

Here you will find details of magazines and anthologies in which my poems are featured, as well as my competition successes. I also write short stories, reviews and non-fiction. My debut collection Another life was published by Oversteps Books in November 2016. A second collection Nothing serious, nothing dangerous will be published by Indigo Dreams Publishing in the second half of 2019.


Poems – Awards

  • Recent competition successes include: winning a micro-competition on mental health, organised by Fly on the Wall Press, 2019.  The poem Sold, stored, given away was shortlisted in the 2019 Lord Whisky Animal Sanctuary Poetry Competition. The poem Self-portrait with beret, wide-eyed was shortlisted in the 2019 Grey Hen Poetry Competition and it will be published in an anthology of found poems later this year.
  • Poems were selected and shortlisted in the Ver Poets Open Competition 2018 and 2018 Ilkley Literature Festival poetry competition.
  • In 2017 a poem was a runner-up in the Ambit poetry competition, judged by George Szirtes. Poems were also commended in the Barnet Open Poetry Competition, the Waltraud Field Open Poetry Competition, were a runner-up in the same competition, and highly commended in the Poetry on the Lake competition. The poem Whitby Scenes was awarded the second prize in the Waltraud Field Open Poetry competition.
  • During 2016 the poem This too is art was a winner in the Poetry Society’s competition on the theme of ‘Messages’, while Why are we in Vietnam? was commended in the Havant Open Poetry competition. A la Hafiz gained a Highly Commended in the Manchester Cathedral Poetry competition.
  • My father as a coat stand was commended in the 2014 Magma poetry competition and published in the magazine.
  • in 2013 the poem Morning was shortlisted in the Flamingofeather competition.
  • My entry of five poems was commended in the 2013 Erbacce pamphlet competition.
  • Several poems were successful in 2012: The Vienna of Sigmund Freud was awarded the second place in the Marple International Poetry competition.  Standing in for Utah was awarded the RedPage Sonnet Prize in the Ware Poets Open Poetry competition, while Still casting a shadow was commended in the same competition. Both poems were published in the competition anthology.  Other poems were highly commended in the Well Warrington Network competition and shortlisted in the Ashbourne poetry competition.
  • My early successes include being awarded a Highly Commended in the 1995 Tees Valley Writer poetry competition for the sonnet On the beach. The poem Final wishes was the winner in the 1994 Salford Libraries’ Writing Competition.
  • Games was awarded a Seal of Achievement from the Yeats Club, 1988.

Poems – Published

  • Featured Poet slot in Orbis #185, with a selection of five poems, prose poems and prose pieces.
  • Partial view of a loch was nominated for the Forward Prize for best single poem (2019).
  • Competition entry in the 2013 erbacce poetry competition was shortlisted and commended. Twelve poems were published in erbacce along with an interview with Dr Ursula Hurley, Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing, Salford University.
  • Poems have been published in a range of magazines, including Orbis, The North, Little Mslexia, Magma, Poetry News, The Affectionate Punch, Pause, Rapport, erbacce, Strix, The Journal, The Frogmore Papers.
  • The Poetry Shed, a poetry website run by Abegail Morley, has twice featured poems.
  • Poems have appeared in over 20 anthologies, more recently in Gazing at Gaia (2017), Best of British (Paper Swans Press, 2017), The Valley Press Anthology of Yorkshire Poetry (2017), Building Bridges: an International Anthology of Ekphrasis (Ek Zuban, 2017), Songs for the Unsung (Grey Hen Press, 2017), The Pocket Poetry Book of Love (Paper Swans Press, 2018), Our Beating Heart, NHS 70 (Erbacce Press, 2018).
  • Haiku, tanka and renga and other collaborative sequences have been published in anthologies, magazines and journals. These include Bare Bones, Blithe Spirit, Presence, Journal of Renga and Renku, Lynx, the Iron Book of British Haiku.
  • Foto’s ­– poem in Zwanebloemen, an anthology of poems by Dutch and Belgian writers, published by De Vleermuis uitgevery b.v., 1995.
  • Te Veel Kaneel (Too much cinnamon) – pamphlet of Dutch poems published by Hub Editions.
  • Boxing with the Lobster, Wat heet geluk? – pamphlets self-published by Acacia Publications.

Fiction

  • Short stories have been shortlisted in competitions and published in anthologies.
  • Took part in the 1995 World One-Day Novel Cup, held at the Groucho Club, London. In the 24 hours I wrote the 16,000 word novel The Crow Eaters.
  • Diving at Calypso Bay was broadcast on the regional BBC Write Now programme.

Reviews

I have written a number of reviews for the magazine Presence of collections and anthologies of haiku, tanka and sijo published in the UK and abroad.


Non-fiction

  • Gained 1st prize and £250 in the CEPEC 10th Anniversary Essay Competition, published in Occasional Papers June 1988 as Have the Outplacement Agencies got it right?
  • As a free-lance writer I produced articles on a range of topics for journals, magazines, newspapers and in-house magazines, including Executive Post, Singles Magazine, Office at Home, Employee Counselling Today, Manchester Evening News, BAC Counselling at Work Digest, the ICI in-house magazine Options, Training Officer.
  • Several training and development consultancies commissioned me to research and write a range of training manuals and workbooks, including a comprehensive career coaching workbook of over 200 pages.
  • Produced a series of Newsletters for the Lalibela Educational Trust (from April 2007 until 2011).

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