Ongoing Teaching

Poetry School: One to one tutorials offered.

University of East London: Undergraduate degree in Creative and Professional Writing - lecturer on Creative Imagination and Writer's Voice modules.

Waterloo Sights and Sounds: Fortnightly group meets Waterloo Library, Lower Marsh, London SE1. 2 p.m. start - next meeting June 15th. Free

Current Projects

I am Poet in Residence to the Coin Street Community Builders heritage project :  Waterloo Sights and Sounds   - my work consists largely of running workshops using the oral history materials and other bits and bobs! This year's groups are working with flash fiction and poetry and the results will appear in an exhibition at Waterloo Action Centre in September 2013 and January 2014. Previous poetry groups read at the Waterloo Festival 2011 and had a poetry stall at 2012's festival - getting participants to write.

Poetry Parlour meets quarterly at Cafe del Marsh, Lower Marsh, SE1 for coffee and cake and guest poets. Free entry to cafe customers - we also meet elsewhere on an occasional basis. Lambeth Readers and Writers Festival 2013 being one example.

Past Projects

Union Press - Public Works and Better Bankside - June/July 2012 

Poet in residence to Union Press - ran project called 'Go Scratch Yerself!" collecting colloquial phrases or Slanguage for use in a community group poem printed as a Broadside publication. Part of a multi-arts project celebrating Union Street and its long and varied history - particularly its links with the print industry

Poet in the Archives

Following some years working for Lambeth Archives I have been offering and running writing workshops in Local Government Archives. Participants learn how to use archives and what materials are stored there and how to make creative use of them. They peruse and select materials in morning, and make notes. Then in the afternoon they write, followed by a celebratory read round at end. Workshops have been held at Barnet, Hackney and Wandsworth.

Trading Places - South Bank Centre and Spread the Word - Summer 2006

Poet in residence on Lower Marsh Market SE1 - working with sound artist Jim Carey. Collected 'lost' phrases (such as Charlie's Dead, Think I come up with the Vinegar Boat!, Red Hat, No Drawers!) got people to give or guess at translations and recorded material for sound wall. Wrote poetry based on findings. 

Editorial and other roles

Not Shut Up - creative writing magazine for and by prisoners. Poetry Editor.

Koestler Trust - Poetry Judge

Workshops: HMP Brixton, Amy Johnson School - Croydon, Poetry Street - Hackney, Waterloo Action Centre, Brixton Art Gallery,

Left:  Poetry Parlour at end of Slanguage day

Photo by Andreas Lang of Public Works

Right: Signage on the Kiosk at Flat Iron Square