I am a poet, performer and educator with 12 years’ experience of leading poetry workshops for adults, young people and children. I’ve taught for The Poetry School, been a writer in residence for The National Trust and worked with Spread the Word, Arvon, Apples and Snakes, Southbank Centre and Ministry of Stories.
I am the author of three books of poetry including a full collection, All the Prayers in the House from Bloodaxe Books, which won a Somerset Maugham Award and an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors, and was runner up for the Edwin Morgan Award. My work has been featured on BBC Radio 4 and published in The Guardian, The Scotsman and as a Poem on the Underground.
When I was little, I lived on an island off the west coast of Scotland, where generations of lighthouse keepers, called ‘lightkeepers’, once lived and worked. For me, poems often keep a kind of light.