After a degree in University College Dublin and teacher training in King's College London, I spent two years in Rwanda, teaching English and Philosophy in Kiziguro Secondary School. On return I completed an MA in Creative Writing at Queen's University Belfast, before going on to do a PhD in Phenomenological Poetics. 

My first full length collection of poetry, The Salt Harvest, was published by Seren in 2011. I have taught with the Open University since 2008, until I recently started working full time as a Lecturer in Creative Writing for Lancaster University.  My second collection, The Dance of Ararat, is forthcoming. 

At present, I live in a small village just above Dundee with my wife and daughters.  I feel a little less guilty when I jog, and once I saw a deer just down the road.