In 1997 I burst onto the world poetry scene with a collection of poems that were not for the faint hearted. My poems were written, as it has been told many times, to encourage my dyslexic son, Lee, to read. My son is now in his twenties and still doesn’t like reading, so I was off to a good start!
New – Twisted Minds Collection
Take some twists and turns in my new book collection for older readers. Check out the Twisted Minds collection here.
About My Poetry
I don’t really write poetry in the conventional sense, I tend to write comedy in rhyme. I don’t try to teach young people how to write sonnets, I try to help them to love words and language, I want to help them to communicate with the world around them.
Luckily for me my first collection of poems, ‘The Spot on My Bum’ went on to become one of the best children’s poetry collections of all time, so I must have done something right! My work is now used not only here in the UK but around the world to encourage young people to pick up a book and read.
I now travel the length and breadth of the UK visiting schools, libraries, festivals and theatres delivering my unique brand of humour. I create a world where both young people, not so young people and downright old people feel free to laugh out loud and take part in the performances.
A Bit More About Me!
I am a former social worker who now tours full time and also appear frequently on TV and radio. I have my own radio chat show for Phoenix FM where everyone from the famous to the not so famous who have a story to tell are invited to come along and share it. I am also involved in the Relight-Ed program which aims to help students in school fulfil their potential in education (see the Relight-Ed section here).
I still live in Huddersfield with my wife and my son Lee, who I can’t get rid of! He has no pets, no hobbies, oh and yes, Lee still doesn’t like reading. He does like Facebook, he likes to read newspapers, likes to text, and he does like magazines about cars, BUT he swears he still doesn’t like reading…