Welcome. My latest collection of poems is Jam (smith|doorstop, 2016). 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. You can find out more about me on the about page and I occasionally post here. To discuss poetry readings, commissions, residencies or anything else, 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