I teach creative writing - both novels and poems - and modern literature.
My starting-point has always been the writing of poems. I’ve written some lyric poetry, but my focus has mostly been on the construction of characters who speak the poems, in other words on extensions of dramatic monologue. The writing of novels has therefore been a natural extension of my thinking as a writer.
My major publications are Not Tonight Neil (Cinnamon, 2011), How We Met (Salt, 2008), and Call Centre Love Song (Salt, 2006). I have received a Gregory Award and been nominated for a Forward Prize.
I am currently researching a third novel, on Cambodia in the early 1960s, and revising my second, Go Home or Burn, for publication. A third collection of poems is in preparation for 2014, and will contain my sequence The Slasher and the Vampire as Role Models which was ‘highly commended’ in the pamphlet competition of The North (Smith/Doorstop books) in 2011.