Why do it?

because of the words and because of the books because of the woman in the anorak at the swimming baths … More

The most read Lifesaving Poems of 2014

Here are the most read Lifesaving Poems of 2014. For the first time I have been able to compare last … More

How to be a writing tutor

Thanks to the vision and generosity of Jean Sprackland, between 1999-2001 I had the privilege of working with the great … More

To failure!

I listened to the most wonderful radio programme about failure the other day. It featured Anne Enright talking with clear-eyed … More

Books that changed me in 2013

I began the year with two books which helped me slow down and breathe: Christian McEwen’s World Enough and Time and … More