I live in Canterbury, Kent, UK. I write poetry, short stories and plays and make art. This website displays some of my work in those fields. My poetry has been widely published in anthologies, magazines and online, and has won awards or been shortlisted and longlisted for local, national and international competitions.

I also give readings, am available to judge creative writing competitions.

cover image: Luis Quintanilla


'The Other Guernica' is a work of outstanding richness and variety, imagination, thought, storytelling, full of vivid imagery and the pleasures of language. 

                                                                           Professor Janet Montefiore

 We are invited into worlds of violence and love, war and domesticity in different eras and with different sensibilities in a collection which is both a coherent homage to the painting of Spain and a daring exploration of what might emerge when word meets image.   

                                                                           Victoria Field

'(The anthology includes) Derek Sellen's two excellent poems'  Professor Peter Barry

' of the most graphic poems, which picks out modern cultural references, is Britannia's Daughter '  from  The Sunday Times

'his detailed eye and evocative, distinctive writing take us traveling too, through landscape, language and beyond'  Maggie Harris

'There is a weightiness to these poems -  they ring true....'    Elaine Duthie

Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year 2018

Poetry on the 
Lake 2017
Happy to be
awarded an
Alessi bowl
for the poem
The Slave of


















Big grin at the wonderful O'Bheal in 2015

Celebrating Shakespeare 400 with SaveAs Writers

At Lumen, London 21 11 17 >>>


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