I was born in 1969 and I left school at the age of sixteen to work at a printer’s and then in a bookshop. In the 1990s I was an independent publisher of local history books, producing, co-writing and editing over forty titles. From 2000 to 2015 I worked for The Poetry Trust - latterly as Creative Director. I now work as a poet and workshop leader.
A collection for children, The Bubble Wrap, was published in October 2017 by the new imprint, Small Donkey. This followedThe Swan Machine (The Rialto) my first full collection which was published in 2016. In 2014-15 I created and delivered the Poem for Suffolk project which resulted in films, a book and touring show. I have also created Video Poems for a Cambridge history group - Mill Road of the Mind (2015), St Edmundsbury Cathedral - Each & Every Footstep (2013) - and Beccles Is, Beccles Was, Beccles Says during a residency for the Beccles Festival (2012).
An experienced performer, I hosted the Short Cuts Cabaret, one of many collaborations with with jazz pianist Maurice Horhut. I was poet-in-residence on the Afternoon Show on BBC Radio Norfolk (2007-10) and my one man show, 'Dean's Dad's Ducks', premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2010. I've run workshops for every age group – from primary school children to the over nineties. I have given many readings across the UK and in the US, including StAnza Poetry Festival, the Dodge Poetry Festival, Poetry at Georgia Tech (Atlanta) and Cambridge WordFest.
A Jerwood/Arvon Young Poet in 2003, my poems have appeared in many magazines and also The Forward Anthology. My first pamphlet, Irresistible to Women (2003) was followed by Just Our Luck (2008) - both published by The Garlic Press. A third, Sunshine of Fortune featured poems written during a residency in the Stour Valley.
I'm the first poet to appear on BBC1 reading a poem on the loo.
He writes with an eye for detail
and a winning sense of irony.
A natural born storyteller