Welcome. I am the author of several collections of poetry including Henry’s Clock which won both the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize and the Poetry Business Book & Pamphlet Competition My most recent pamphlets are Birmingham Canal Navigation and Another Last Word and I am currently working on a New & Selected Poems to be published by Smith/Doorstop in 2022. 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. 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