I am the author of two collections of poems In the Flesh and A Herring Famine and a collection of short stories The Burning Ground. I edited the anthology When Love Speaks and co-edited The Shape of the Dance, the selected prose of Michael Donaghy. 

I grew up here in Manchester where I attended Parrs Wood High School. I later read English at Oxford and won scholarships to do my Masters and PhD with Professor Andrew Motion at the University of London. 

After working in publishing for several years, first at Enitharmon and later at Penguin, I was appointed Poet-in-Residence at the Wordsworth Trust, the Centre for British Romanticism. I won an Eric Gregory award in 2008 and a Somerset Maugham award in 2011. 

I was Academic Director of Manchester Writing School and Programme Leader for the Creative Writing MA/MFA from 2016 to 2019. 

During this time I placed a special emphasis on internationalisation welcoming Visiting Teaching Fellows Boris Dralyuk, Executive Editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books, David Shook, Artist in Residence at the American University in Iraq, poet and translator Andre Naffis-Sahely and award-winning journalist and New Yorker contributor Ed Caesar. 

Working with Professor Page Richards at Hong Kong University and partners at Boston University, home to the US Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, I co-founded a Tri-Continental MFA network to build opportunities for international collaboration and knowledge exchange.  

During my time as Academic Director I also facilitated Guy Garvey joining the Manchester Writing School as Visiting Professor of Songwriting.


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