I was born in Stratford, in the East End of London in 1974 and went on to study Humanities at the University of Greenwich. After several years of working in retail management, I began a course at Kings College London to pursue a career in teaching.

For the last 12 years I have worked in secondary schools, teaching and leading projects to support school improvement; rising to the position of Vice-Principal. In 2009 I moved to the city of Portsmouth and quickly fell in love with the city.

I can’t remember my life before poetry.

There are so many things I could say about myself, but if you look closely – somewhere in-between the words and the silence; poems seem to have their unique way of telling our stories.

I write in order to celebrate / laugh/ dream / run / connect / question / anchor…

Sometimes the words will not keep still and have made their way to music / drama / dance / film…

I collect antiques and art deco furniture and have been known to walk barefoot in the ocean in December. The writing that features in my collections has been inspired by local events and places, or the experiences that have supported me on my journey.

In 2012, I was awarded the honour of being named Portsmouth Poet Laureate. The salt and air of this amazing waterfront city, the stories, histories, sunsets and people, will always be poetry to me.