Welcome to my website. I am a poet and tutor. My various collections of poems include Henry’s Clock, winner of the Fenton-Aldeburgh First Collection Prize and overall winner of the Poetry Business Book & Pamphlet Competition, Frank Freeman’s Dancing School, which won an Arts Council England Writer’s Award, and Jam (Arts Council England Grant for the Arts). A former Poetry Society poet-in-residence and the author of Jumpstart Poetry in the Secondary School, I have led courses and workshops throughout the UK and abroad.
You can find information about my collections of poems and other publications here. For information about workshops and my work as a tutor, go to teaching, and you can find out more about me on the about page. 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