My new book, Swifts Screech & Circle in the Afternoon Sun has just come out. It’s my second collaboration with artist and printmaker, Anne Proctor. The book features a poem by me plus hand drawn, hand printed and hand embossed images plus pages of scanned original art by Anne. The book celebrates the rediscovery of lost and much-missed creativity on the Costa Blanca.

Swifts Screech can be purchased at our Tynemouth Market Stalls (I’m there most Saturdays and Anne is there every Sunday) or via Anne’s Moonkwayk Studio shop on Etsy


Anne’s work also features in Northern Footprints, Northern Print’s annual exhibition in Ouseburn which celebrates the studio’s talented artists. The exhibition runs from 14th November to the 21st December.

My next poetry reading is in central Newcastle on Sunday December 1st as part of the Books on Tyne Festival. I’m performing alongside poets featuring in Pieces from Eight, the pamphlet published to mark the 40th anniversary of Iron Press. The event takes place from 1.30pm in the City Library’s Bewick Hall and also features female acapella group Henwen. The £3 ticket price includes tea and cake!