is a published poet, internationally acclaimed both for his poetry readings and for the joyful and interactive workshops in Creative Writing that he offers. His two books on the creative process, ‘Sing Me the Creation’ and ‘Words in Place’ (both from Hawthorn Press) have proved inspirational to teachers of children and adults alike, and to all who seek to develop their powers of imagination. He has travelled widely with his work and now, after stepping back from his full time work as lecturer, poet and gymnast at Emerson College he continues to expand his activities in the UK and elsewhere. He was the founder of ‘Poetry OtherWise’, a much loved gathering of poetry lovers that ran for many summers.

In ‘The Ground that Love Seeks’ (a gathering of his poems from Five Seasons Press) he speaks of poetry being ‘a path as well as a pleasure’:

Whose word could be truthful enough

for the Stone to accept it?

Who could have beauty enough

to speak for the Rose?

Who could be innocent enough

to utter what’s at the heart

of a Wolf or a Goldfish?

Whose word could be grounded

in love enough to sound

what is most deeply Human?

c 2010

content: Paul Matthews

illustrations: Margaret Shillan