“It pleases me and seems right that what is of value and wisdom to one man
seems nonsense to another.” Herman Hesse, Siddhartha
I grew up in Devon, messing about with boats. I have worked as an editor for a range of publishers, including on videogames magazines. I currently work as a comics editor, on various titles which include the New York Times bestselling The Wicked + The Divine.
I have combined my love of poetry with my work in comics by getting poets and artists to work together in new “poetry comics” collaborations. I recently edited the UK's first book on poetry comics for Sidekick Books: Over the Line: An Introduction to Poetry Comics. Alan Moore was kind enough to say: “I really can't recommend this venture highly enough”.
I also helped found, and am now director of, the annual Free Verse: Poetry Book Fair, which in some ways I like to think of as a comic-con for poets. The fair is now entering its 8th year and is going from strength to strength.
I am also Joint Editor of the (currently snoozing) world's first and finest edible poetry magazine: Poetry Digest, which published poems on cakes to be read, chewed over and then thoroughly absorbed.
Now settled in London, I have also worked for the National Poetry Library at Southbank Centre, as a Visiting Lecturer in Creative Writing, and as a tutor for the Poetry School.
I’m bilingual Italian, having been raised by my English father and Italian mother, and am interested in miscommunication and the experience of being between things, which I think is reflected in my interest in words and poetry.
I have done poetry readings at many venues, including the Royal Albert Hall, the Southbank Centre and for BBC Radio 3, and my poems and essays have appeared in many places, including Adventures in Form, Fuselit, Magma, Poetry London, Poetry Review, The Rialto, The Scotsman, S/S/Y/K, Tears in the Fence and Test Centre.
I have also published various poetry pamphlets. Epigraphs (if p then q) is comprised of a hundred epigraphs as a single poem and was featured on Radio 3’s The Verb show. The Jam Trap (Soaring Penguin) is an illustrated sequence of prose poems about a domestic relationship. ANGELA (Sidekick Books) fuses together the worlds of Twin Peaks and Murder She Wrote with artwork by artist Howard Hardiman. Flying into the Bear was published in 2013 by HappenStance Press and shortlisted for the Michael Marks Awards. The TLS called it "the most energetic, delightful collection you will read this year". You will find more information about all these pamphlets on my books page.
Elsewhere on this site you'll also find my blog and some poems from my first full collection BEAR. You can find out more about BEAR on the Bloodaxe website. Thank you for stopping by.