Welcome to my website, where you can read about my publications to date, my interests and experiences, my hopes for the future and my ideas. I use the blog to post poetry reviews and short essays on individual poems and  collections. There is also a contacts page where you can email me. I’ve spent most of my working life as an English teacher at the Manchester Grammar School. Teaching has been a wonderfully stimulating and rewarding way of life, despite the inhibiting pressure of exams. Now I organise poetry discussion groups, tutor for the Poetry School, work on the committee of Poets & Players to promote performances of poetry and music in Manchester, write reviews, read more widely and write more of my own poetry. You can link to the Poets & Players website here to see photographs and videos of our events over the last few years and details of future performances. .


Free Saturday Poetry Discussions in the Manchester Buddhist Centre:
We have been very fortunate to be offered accomodation in the library at the Manchester Buddhist Centre at 16–20 Turner Street, Manchester M4 1DZ. These are free events and open to anyone who wants to come, but people attending will need to bring their own copies of the poems we discuss. Poets we’ve read and talked about include Alice Oswald, Andrew Marvell, Anne Stevenson, David Constantine, Derek Mahon, Edward Thomas, Edwin Morgan, Elizabeth Bishop, Fiona Sampson, George Seferis, Jane Draycott, Jo Shapcott, John Donne, Linda France, Michael Longley, Philip Larkin, Rilke, Robin Robertson, Seamus Heaney, Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, Tomas Tranströmer, T S Eliot, W B Yeats and W S Merwin.


Saturday 10 February, 10.30am – 12.30 pm: Rebecca Perry – Manchester Buddhist Centre

If anyone has a copy of Rebecca’s book Beauty / Beauty please bring it for the sake of widening discussion. Otherwise please bring these poems, which you can access by clicking on their titles: “Beaches (1)”, “The Execution of Lady Jane Grey”, “Poor Sasquatch”, “Kintsugi ???”, “The Glass Boat”, “Pepo”, “Alabaster Baby”, “The Boy”. You may be able to find others, but the links I’ve provided are all to sites of official publication.

Although entry to the discussion group is completely free, donations of any size to the Buddhist Centre would be much appreciated if you felt able to give anything.

NB Rebecca Perry will be reading for Poets & Players in the Whitworth Art Gallery on Saturday 17th February, together with Vahni Capildeo and John Challis. You can find details at https://poetsandplayers.co/

Although entry is completely free, donations of any size to the Buddhist Centre would be much appreciated if you felt able to give anything.


Saturday 10 March, 10.30am – 12.30 pm: CANCELLED


Saturday 17th March, 10.30am – 12.30 pm: Jo Shapcott – Manchester Buddhist Centre

If people have or can borrow copies of Shapcott’s Her Book and / or Of Mutability it would be very useful if they brought it or them along: we could look at poems not listed below, including animal poems which would make interesting comparisons with Ted Hughes.

Entry is free and open to all, but please could all who come bring the following poems, which you can find by clicking on the titles if you don’t have a book: “Tea Death”, “Nightlife”, “Phrase Book”, “The Mad Cow Talks Back”, “I Go Inside the Tree”, “Uncertainty Is not a Good Dog”, “Barbican Audience”.

Entry to these discussions is of course completely free, but donations of any size to the Buddhist Centre would be appreciated if you felt able to give anything.


Saturday 14th April, 10.30am – 12.30 pm:  – Manchester Buddhist Centre



Saturday 12th May, 10.30am – 12.30 pm: Ted Hughes – Manchester Buddhist Centre