Biography

I have a BA honours degree in English & Philosophy from the University of Reading (1963), an MA in English & American Literature, McMaster University (1966) and an MA in Literary Translation, Essex University (1968).  From 1967-71, I held various p/t teaching and lecturing posts at Essex University, Middlesex Polytechnic and with London University Extra-Mural Dept/WEA.  In 1971, I was appointed lecturer in English Literature at Bolton Institute (now the University of Bolton) and retired as Principal Lecturer in English & Creative Writing in 2004.  Since retirement I have delivered courses—mainly on modern poetry— as a Staff Tutor for the Manchester University ‘Courses for the Public’ programme (2006-9) and have been appointed Honorary Fellow in the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University (2007-ongoing).  Recent publications include: ‘The Poetry of Jack Beeching’, jacketmagazine (April 2006); interviews with Carol Ann Duffy, Gillian Clarke and Vicki Feaver for sheerpoetry.com and ‘The Feat of Translation’ and other review-articles on modern poetry for PN Review.