I'm a native Bristolian who's never managed to get away for very long.  Bloody great tap-roots, see?  I work part time in a school for deaf children, and also as personal assistant for my elder son who's a little farther along the autistic spectrum than your average neurotypical.  In my free time I write poetry (mostly), and engage in extreme rambling with my border collie, Ted.

I am a trustee of Poetry Can, the poetry development agency for the south west of England.  My poems have been widely published and have won several prizes, including the 2010 Wells International Poetry Competition, the 2011 Dor Kemmyn Poetry Competition, the 2012 Pre-Raphaelite Society Prize, the 2013 Gloucestershire Poetry Prize and the 2016 Hilly Cansdale Prize.  They have been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017. 

I have three collections of poetry, Communion (2011), Map Reading For Beginners (2014), and Breadcrumbs (2016), all published by Indigo Dreams.  My novel, Dart, about life on Dartmoor during the Black Death, was published under their Tamar Books imprint in 2013.  All are available from the Indigo Dreams website, Amazon and good independent bookshops. 


  1. Deborah, got your book yesterday. Thank you!!

    1. Oh good. I hope it connects with you. XXXX

    2. Hi Deborah.

      Greatly enjoyed your reading at Words & Ears last week. The cheque for the book (really is in the post! Have a great week and enjoyable Bristol Reading,

      Best Caroline H.

    3. Thanks, Caroline - it was lovely seeing you again x