Welcome and thank you for visiting my website. I am a poet and prose writer, having been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net 2018. I am also a Forward Prize nominee for Best Single Poem 2019. My debut pamphlet, ‘Apple Water: Povel Panni’ was launched in December 2018 at the Poetry Café, Covent Garden and since then I have been giving readings and presentations in Ireland and the UK.
My work has also been featured in the documentary film, ‘Stories from the Hop Yards’ part of a project based on the photography of Derek Evans and filmed by Catcher Media.
One of my poems, ‘A Memory of the Hop Fields’ which was in the above film inspired the Wellington Primary School in Herefordshire to make their own film and what a good job they did. A beautiful and evocative piece. Watch it here.
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‘Apple Water’ is a small collection of poems and short prose based on Raine’s Romany family who amongst other things picked fruit, vegetables and hops in both Herefordshire and Kent. Many of these poems have been inspired by actual events, personal stories and photographs, as well as the inclusion of ‘found’ words which help to bring the characters to life.