I’ve listed titles here without publishers, dates and so on. If you wish to know more about a particular title, you can often find information on Amazon or contact me directly.  Quite a few are still in print!

‘Son of the Secret Gardener’ doesn’t fit into any of the categories below. It’s the story of my father and grandfather, both gardeners. Its starting point is ‘The Secret Garden’ and my discovery that my grandfather was gardener to the author of that book, Frances Hodgson Burnett. It also contains some of my father’s meticulous garden diaries from the mid 20th century. It’s probably the book I am most proud of.

Poetry for Children

Warning – Too Much Schooling Can Damage Your Health
A Stegosaurus is for Life and other animal poems
Exploding Heads – Comic Strip Poems
Double Talk (with Bernard Young)
plus poems in many anthologies


The Curious Case of Dr Mann, a novel
Traffic Island, short stories of Singapore
Mixing It, short stories
On the Edge (series): Stories for Teenage Readers
Headwork (series): Stories and Plays for Reluctant Readers

Education – ICT related
Sharing, not Staring: Interactive Whiteboards in the English Classroom (with Chris Warren)
20 Things to do with a Word Processor (with Chris Warren)
ICT and Literacy, Ideas and resources for ages 7-11
Interactive Literacy, Using ICT to advance literacy skills with less able children
Unlocking Literature: using ICT to investigate GCSE Poetry (CD)
Teaching English Using ICT (with Tom Rank and Chris Warren)

Other Education
Exercises in African History
Poetry Student Book – GCSE English Literature for AQA
Smart Learning: English Resources for KS3
Study Guides: The Duchess of Malfi; She Stoops to Conquer; Animal Farm; The Importance of Being Earnest; Richard III

Cultural Studies
Images of Woman: Visual Communication in Advertising in Women’s Magazines
Introduction to Roland Barthes’ ‘Rhetoric of the Image’
A Bibliography of Non-Verbal Communication
The Study of the Image
Long Hair: Taboo in England
Making Sense of Pictures

Editions edited
Pigs is Pigs (short stories)
Funny Bones (short stories)


Simplified texts for EAL
The Stories of Sherlock Holmes
Northanger Abbey

Poems for adults tend to be published in magazines and the odd anthology. I write less adult poetry these days with two notable exceptions: the sonnets and material I write for the Three Voices gigs, now in their fourth year.  Plus, the new self-publishing venture, Fern House Books, which has been really fun and enabled me to do exactly what I wanted to do. ‘Between Wolds and Water’ has been reprinted and we’re on our way into profit on ‘The Ballad of John Harrison’.


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