I am one of many poets who wrote
a poem from a line or lines by Gwendlyn Brooks,
the celebrated Black American poet, 
for this anthology, published in 2017. 


Compering for PigHog at The Nightingale Rooms
Grand Central, Brighton 2017
Photo by Andrew King (below)

Compering at Brighton Poemathon December 2016
Photo by Katrina Quinn (below)




1. Kipling Festival, Rottingdean, working with residents
of two care homes, 2015

2. Seaford Head species books, 2015

3. A project with Rambert Dance in Chelsea and Westminster Hospital

Above.  With Theo Dorgan and Michael Longley
Cuisle Poetry Festival, Limerick
Reading new poems at the first South Downs Poetry Festival
in Lewes, July 2016

The launch of Woman's Head as Jug at King's Lynn Poetry Festival 2013
at a reading with CK Stead (left) and Kit Wright (right)

Aldeburgh Poetry Festival line up 2004

(Front row left to right: Colette Bryce, Margaret Atwood, Fadhil Al-Azzaw, Martha Kapos, me, Helena Nelson and Anne Marie-Fyfe...Second row first left: Sean O'Brien, Paul Muldoon.. middle: Tony Hoagland and David Constantine...far right: Sarah Maguire, Michael Longley. Back row, centre: Hans Magnus Enzensberger)

Bowl of Rice - for the Rice Pavilion at the Jubilee Library, Brighton

Some of the many words used to describe women
sourced from the historical thesaurus and friends.
It is by no means comprehensive.

Poets at Buckingham Palace 16 October 2007
(left to right: Chrissie Gittins, me, Moniza Alvi, Mario Petrucci, Wendy French)

Writing new colour names on the windows of the De la Warr Pavilion, Bexhill

A poetry and art project with young people

Helen Storey's Forensic Dress - a detail. 
The first line of my poem, Lovers' Triptych, is shown here on a name tag stitched into the dress

Kings Lynn Poetry Festival 2003 with (left) the late Julia Darling and (right) Simon  Armitage
Kings Lynn Poetry Festival with Marilyn Hacker

 Roald Dahl Foundation funded residency
Treloar College 2002-2003
At Treloar College in Alton, I developed a year's worth of activities for working with young people with multiple special needs. At the end of the residency, some performed poems for the first time in their lives, others acted in a play we co-wrote.

Architexts residency at Shoreham Airport, Sussex

'We envied predatory birds, the gull, eagle, sparrowhawk, enough to borrow their identities...' from Valkyrie, written during a residency at Shoreham Airport. My father was an aircraft engineer and amateur pilot. 

I worked with young people at Loxwood School in Barking
to write poems about identity and science
Kings Lynn Poetry Festival 2000 with (left) Kit Wright and (right) Pauline Stainer

Arriving at Kings Lynn Poetry Festival 2013
for the launch of Woman's Head as Jug.
To my left is New Zealand poet, CK Stead and behind, to my right
is the wonderful Kit Wright

A night of poetry at the Troubadour in Earl's Court,
May 2013, organised by the energetic Anne-Marie Fyfe
in her Coffee House poetry series