Welcome to my website! - updated 1st February 2020.
This month I'm launching my take on Jane Austen's classic novel, Mansfield Park Revisited, as a paperback and e-book. It moves Jane Austen's characters into the twenty-first century and considers how they might behave.
You can order it or read the opening chapters here.
This year Shoestring Press publishes The Fragile Bridge, my New and Selected Poems. I've also just self-published Mansfield Park Revisited, an updating of Jane Austen's novel for the twenty-first century. You can buy the paperback online and it should soon be an e-book.
I was the first editor of The Interpreter's House, a little magazine founded, in 1996, in Bedfordshire where I then lived. It's still going but now it's online!
My first interest, on which I wrote my doctoral thesis, was the novels of Thomas Hardy. Since then I've published various studies of the Victorians and post- Victorians - Preface to Hardy (Longman), Women in the English Novel, 1800-1900, Margaret Oliphant: A Critical Biography, and Six Women Novelists, all published by Macmillan. More recently I wrote a book on a fascinating subject - Effie: A Victorian Scandal, From Ruskin's Wife to Millais' Muse (Book Guild).
Then I got into modern poetry. As an editor I saw some of the best contemporary poems and short stories before they were published, and eventually brought out some of my own. I've appeared in several magazines and have four collections out so far.
The poets of the First World War are another great interest. So is children's literature, and I've written a story for girls aged 10-14, Clare and Effie
(Honno), which is based on the lives of Gwen and Augustus John.
When I can't think of a poem, I occasionally translate one. (Well, I had to learn Latin at school). I was particularly inspired by the work of Federico Garcia Lorca, who was murdered in the Spanish Civil War, and Bloodaxe published my English versions of his Selected Poems in 1992. See my Lorca page.
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