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What am I up to? What am I reading? What am I writing? Who will I be chatting to on the airwaves? In general, what`s happening creatively?

Sunday 2nd July, The Grand Opening of The Poet`s Pasture

I am very excited to announce that I’m partnering with @Literacy_Trust and @WestYorkshireCA for the launch of the very first West Yorkshire Poetry Week.

This is a fantastic, free initiative, including Poet Laureate Simon Armitage and @MayorOfWY, to build the confidence and communication skills of your class through resources, in-person workshops and events.

Make sure you sign up now:


Back on stage, The Lady in the Van, at Keighley Playhouse. 23rd January until 28th January 2023.

This is where I’ll be on Friday 4th November.

The Writers Bookshelf on tour

July 19th – The Writers Bookshelf will broadcast live from Keighley Library

Can`t wait for this one, please join me.

Settle Folk Festival – 20th, 21st, 22nd May

I`ll be at the festival on the 21st and 22nd MC ing and mixing with the crowd

Back in Bradford on June 11th

Poetry Readings and Chat in Celebration of World Poetry Day 2022 – 4pm – 5.15pm

Saturday, March 19th at Limestone Books, Settle

New book out NOW!

Red Brick Wall and other Northern Poems

Go to the book section for full details.

Poetry workshops at Silsden Library

Saturday 5th February 10.00 am – 12 noon

Saturday 5th March 10.00 am – 12 noon

These workshops are aimed at five to eight years old. To book a place, contact via the website or contact Silsden Library.

The Writers Bookshelf continues to broadcast every Tuesday at 7pm.

Gingerlicious Nights, open mic, runs every second Monday of the month at The Old Post Office and Cafe Bar, Silsden, 7pm until 10pm

Radio Show Guests

  • September 28th Andrea Hardaker
  • 5th October Corrine Yeadon
  • 12th October Eddie Lawler
  • 19th October Aly Rhodes
  • 26th October Irene Lofthouse
  • 2nd November Sharena Lee Satti
  • 9th November Dionne Hood
  • 16th November M C Holliss
  • 23rd November Steve Brennan
  • 30th November Stephen Linstead
  • 7th December Marian Barker
  • 14th December Kate Thompson Hames
  • 21st December Heath Common
  • 28th December Nick Toczek
  • 4th January 2022 Steve Brennan
  • 11th January 2022 Bernie the Bolt (poet)
  • 18th January 2022 Jack Kerouac
  • 25th January 2022 Martin Fuller (horror writer)
  • 1st February 2022 Jane Browne (children`s author)
  • 8th February 2022 Diane Allen (romantic novelist) and Ronnie Allen (musician and singer)
  • 15th February 2022 Bryan Ledgard
  • 22nd February 2022 Steve o` Connor (poet)
  • 1st March 2022 TBA
  • 8th March 2022
  • 15th March 2022 Edward Carey (author, playwright and illustrator)
  • 22nd March 2022
  • 29th March 2022 Steve Brennan
  • 12th April 2022 Simon Warner