Bio: John lives in Ossett, West Yorkshire. He has been a teacher, lecturer and LEA Adviser for Drama and English. He has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Leeds, but learns much more from The Poetry Business and all the poets he has met there.
His poems have appeared in ‘The North’, ‘The New Writer’,and ‘The Interpreter’s House’, among others. He was First Prize winner in the Lumen/Camden Poetry Competition (2014) and of The Plough Prize (2013 and 2014). These were followed by others, including The McLellan (2015) and the Poetry Business International Pamphlet Prize (2016). His poems have been picked as prize winners by three poets laureate: Andrew Motion, Liz Lochhead and Billy Collins.
His first collection of poems , a pamphlet: ‘Running out of Space‘ was published in April 2014. A second one, ‘Backtracks‘ in July 2014, and his chapbook, ‘Larach‘ was published by WardWood in November 2014.
A pamphlet, ‘Outlaws and fallen angels’ was published by Calder Valley Poets in 2016.
His first full collection ‘Much Possessed’ was published by smith|doorstop in 2016.
As a result of winning the Sentinel Competition, a second collection,‘Gap Year’, jointly authored with Andy Blackford was published by SPM Publications in 2017.
He was a winner of the 2017 Indigo Dreams Pamphlet Competition, which resulted in a new pamphlet : Advice to a traveller (Indigo Dreams. 2018
He has ten grandchildren, all of whom are amazingly talented; he has supported Batley Bulldogs RL team for over 60 years, and would live on the Isle of Skye if they had a rugby league team.