I am a deputy head teacher in Cumbria and have taught in primary schools for over thirty years. Before that, I worked in the power industry as a student engineer, a lettuce picker for East Coast Salads and a painter in a corrugated card factory. About seven years ago, I started writing poetry again after a long break; focusing mainly on light iambic stuff to entertain myself. Eventually, some of this work ended up in magazines and anthologies and in 2014 I was appointed as Poet Laureate for the Tripe Marketing Board, who very kindly offered to publish a collection of poems early in 2015 through TMB Books (My Camel’s Name Is Brian). In 2016, the Sunday Clog Market in Rossendale also appointed me as their poet. My poems and stories for children pop up occasionally in various places and other stuff has appeared from time to time on BBC Radio 4 and on Gordon Swindlehurst’s show on Radio Cumbria. I read at spoken word events such as Verbalise in the Kendal Brewery Arts Centre and Spotlight in Lancaster. You will find my light verse at https://jhpoetry.blogspot.co.uk and other stuff at https://northernjim.wordpress.com Publications, Websites and Magazines: Big Issue In The North (2011) … Postcard From Beyond The Looking Glass, Butterfly’s Wing, Traveller’s Tale Poems For Freedom (2013) … There Was A Merchant Banker Lighten Up Online (2014, 2015, 2016) … Toast, Doris Loves Sidney, Confiteor Quia Peccavi, Question From A Supernumerary Dragon Poet Review (2014) … Beware Of Spoons Paragram (2014) … At The End, In Retrospect The Looking Glass Magazine (2014) … The Gurgle The Caterpillar Magazine (2014, 2015) … The Gurgle, The Enchanted Sandwich My Camel’s Name Is Brian (2015) … Collection of 100 poems The Stew Magazine (2015, 2016) … Join In, Fred The Toad, Hattie’s Hobby, The Sad Tale Of Fred The Fringe, Don’t Pick It, Fruit Appeal, Fruit Fool, Glum Plum Amazing Magazine (2016) … The Sad Tale Of Fred The Fringe Ink Sweat & Tears (2015, 2016, 2017) … A Happy Ending For Petrologists, Glad To Be A Dalek, Blanket Write Out Loud (2016) … poem of the week Spoon With A View Kim Moore Poetry Blog (2016) … A Happy Ending For Petrologists The Teacher (2016) … Meeting Expectations Spilling Cocoa Over Martin Amis (2016, 2017) … Fruit Fool, Cosy, Clog! Watershed (Anthology) (2016) … Leaky Welly Blues Obsessed With Pipework (2017) … You And I, If I Wanted To, Look, Multiple Choice Clear Poetry (2017) … Man Without A Pullover, Then It Rains, How Bad It Is Curlew Calling (Anthology published by Numenious Press) edited by Karen Lloyd (2017) … Incoming Atrium Poetry (2017, 2018) … Old Dog and pending publication next year Return To Mardale, On Good Days Zoomorphic (issue 9) pending (autumn 2017) … Death On A Pavement
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The Perils Of Courtship On A Windy Afternoon (18/08/2017)
Meeting Expectations (06/08/2017)
Remember Me (03/08/2017)
Soup ! (06/07/2017)
The Frog And The Kangaroo (after Lear) (01/07/2017)
Glad To Be A Dalek (25/06/2017)
A Happy Ending For Petrologists (22/06/2017)
The Pencil #MoreInCommon (20/06/2017)
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