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Welcome to my website. My various books of poetry include Henry’s Clock which won both the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize and the Poetry Business Book & Pamphlet Competition, Frank Freeman’s Dancing School which received an Arts Council Writer’s Award, Selected Poems and  Jam. A former Poetry Society poet-in-residence and the author of Jumpstart Poetry in the Secondary School, I lead courses and workshops in the UK and abroad.

You can find information about my collections of poems and other publications here. For information about workshops, go to teaching, you can find out more about me on the about page and I occasionally post here. In addition, I now have a new page on the success of the students at Maharishi School, where I taught English, in poetry competitions.

To discuss poetry readings, collaborations, workshops or residencies, please send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you.

‘Cliff Yates is one of my favourite poets, writing in an idiom I’d like to call “Skelmersdale Mystic/Domestic.” If he was in a band that band would produce hit singles that would linger in your head for years and if he was a greengrocer his vegetables would always be startling shapes. There’s childhood here, and love, and a way of seeing the world with the wrappers off that is, ultimately, Yatesian’ – Ian McMillan

the guru’ – Guardian