Welcome. You can find information about my collections of poems and other publications here. For information about my work as a tutor, please go to teaching. You can find out more about me on the about page and I post news 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
“poetry guru” – GUARDIAN