I am a writer and performer based in the East Midlands. Often appearing as the Polar Poet, my published work has mainly focused on the Arctic, Northern Lights and polar exploration.
My first book, Firebridge to Skyshore: A Northern Lights Journey is a collection of prose and poetry exploring the myths and science of the aurora borealis. It arose partly out of a collaboration with auroral scientists from the University of Leicester and was further inspired by my own visits to the Arctic. Original Plus press published both this work and my chapbook Mad, Hopeless & Possible: Shackleton's Endurance Expedition.
I think of myself primarily as a storyteller, in whatever form, and like to mix media and visual and spoken material in performance. Shows based on my books have been staged at London's Science Museum, the National Space Centre and various festivals including Ledbury Poetry Festival and the British Science Festival. Some of my appearances have been in collaboration with the Cardiff poet, Susan Richardson, as the Polar Poets duo.
In recent years, I've performed for astronomers, primary school children, Women's Institute members and numerous other groups. I am available to book for events which can be tailored to your needs and have experience of providing workshops for both children and adults. You can read about previous and upcoming events on my blog:
Mad, Hopeless and Possible book launch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9VusaWXVW4