Many people have bought a pet on-line during lockdown. This has not always worked out as they imagined. My poem ‘A Cautionary Story’ will appear on 11th August 2020 on this website:

Two of my poems ‘Six Week Check’ and ‘Repeat Prescription’ were included in the NHS Anthology These are the Hands Fairacre Press that had a very successful virtual launch on 21st May 2020. Sales of the anthology have exceeded all expectations and raised thousands of £££ for NHS Charities all together. Great news!

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

And a separate review of These are the Hands for the RCGP on-line journal on 4th June:

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:

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