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.
'(The anthology includes) Derek Sellen's two excellent poems' Professor Peter Barry
'...one 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
Happy to be
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 >>>