About Me

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Bristol , United Kingdom
I am co-director of the Leaping Word Poetry Consultancy, which provides advice for poets on writing, editing and publishing, as well as qualified counselling support for those exploring personal issues in their work - https://theleapingword.com. My fifth poetry collection, Learning Finity, is now available from Indigo Dreams or directly from me.


I'm a native Bristolian who's never managed to get away for long. I write poetry (mostly), and enjoy walking about a bit with my border collie, Cwtch.

My poems have been widely published and have won several prizes, including the 2018 Plough Prize Short Poem Competition, 2016 Wells Festival of Literature Hilly Cansdale Prize, 2013 Gloucestershire Poetry Prize,  2012 Pre-Raphaelite Society Prize, 2011 Dor Kemmyn Poetry Competition, and the 2010 Wells International Poetry Competition. They have been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize in 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2021.  

I have five collections of poetry, Communion (2011), Map Reading For Beginners (2014), Breadcrumbs (2016), The Shadow Factory (2019) and Learning Finity (2022), 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. 

Photo by Alexander Turner for The Guardian

As well as my personal writing and poetry readings, I am a member of the IsamBards, four Bristol-based poets who write site-specific poems and conduct poetry walks around the locality

Together with Colin Brown, former Director of Poetry Can, I am co-founder of the Leaping Word poetry consultancy, offering mentoring, editorial advice and support to poets, educational establishments and community groups.

We also offer a professional counselling service to writers and artists engaging with personal experience in their work. 

See our website for how we can help you.


  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