It's a great pleasure for me to welcome you to my
website. Here you'll find information about my current writing projects,
extracts from my works, audio recordings, and links to the websites
of my collaborators.
Silence: An Epic Poem
This project began inflamed with Promethean hubris.
From the beginning it was my intention to write an epic poem that
would exceed the monumental weight of both The Iliad and The Odyssey
combined; that would aspire to out-do the intellectual acumen of
Lucretius' On the Nature of the Universe; that would be infused
with the profound vision of Dante's Divine Comedy; and that would
transcend the textual breadth of Pound's Cantos. I envisioned writing
an epic poem whose truly epic proportions would be matched by its
architectonic innovation; an epic poem that would powerfully juxtapose
the intuitive and the rational, and fuse the metaphysical with the
Well, five years later and the fire still hasn't gone
out. So far I've completed the first two books of the epic, which
were published as a single volume by Winchester University Press
this March. Click on the link above to read extracts from the unfolding
poem and listen to audio recordings. Here you'll also find a link
to the Winchester University Press website, and information on how
to order copies of the book.
The Adventures of Hohum & 'Friends'
In complete contrast to my work as an epic poet, The
Adventures of Hohum & 'Friends' are a series of short stories
that focus on the character of Hohum the hohum, a small rat-like
creature with a hygiene fixation, who lives on the banks of an enchanted
lake. Written in the spirit of Wind in the Willows, it's my hope
that these stories will appeal to both children and adults alike.
Click on the link above to discover more about Hohum and his world!
You'll also discover some beautiful illustrations created by the
extremely talented Mr Ryan Medlock...
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the
following people. Professor Andrew Melrose, for all his guidance
during my years as a PhD student; Professor Christopher Mulvey,
for his support in seeing Silence through the press; my mum, for
her excellent proof-reading skills; Solent Productions for enabling
me to produce an audio CD of my poetry; John Ferngrove, for his
very favourable Amazon review; Kate Jackson, for her photographic
skills; and Ryan Medlock, a young artist with a very bright future,
for his professionalism and his enthusiasm.