‘These are the Hands’ NHS Anthology edited by Dr Katie Amiel & Deborah Alma

Two of my poems ‘Six Week Check’ and ‘Repeat Prescription’ have been accepted for publication in the new NHS Anthology These are the Hands Fairacre Press that is having a virtual launch on 21st May 2020. My review of the anthology for the on-line magazine Corpus appeared on 25th May:

These are the Hands: Poems from the Heart of the NHS

Exciting project collaborating with a composer to write a song for the Leeds Lieder Festival in April 2020. Mark Bowler has turned my haiku sequence Pentaplex into a song – see below.

We discovered we have both been inspired creatively by the wonderful workings of the gut. See Mark’s song:

Final product of Pentaplex here:

Pleasing reviews of Heart Murmur.


Raceme no.8 autumn/winter 2019: Shirley Wright reviewed Heart Murmur and two of the poems from the pamphlet appear in the magazine.

And in the Journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners May 2020 – waiting for a link to be sent to me.

My poem Insomnia was Highly Commended in the York Poetry Prize 2020.