He is the author of:
Brunt Boggart: A Tapestry of Tales (Hawkwood/Pushkin)
‘Conjures a magical, poetic world of tricksters in an ancient village.’ The Observer
‘It tastes fabulously medieval…
and sounds like verbs of thunder and earth’
Writing as Dave Ward:
Jambo (Riot Stories Ltd/Impact)
‘reminds me of Brian Patten’s Little Johnny’s Confession, though it’s very different (if you know what I mean)’
On the Edge of Rain (Headland)
‘the ordinary takes on the vividness of dream’
Inside Pale Eyes (Hawkwood: with drawings by Bryan Biggs)
‘anecdotes and twisted fables, a sometimes bitter but irrepressible
He is co-editor of Smoke magazine (The Windows Project)
Reviews of The Blunted axe
A concentrated, intense sequence.
Two weeks on, these poems continue to haunt. The world they occupy draws the reader in, and once that reader comes to terms with that world and its flickering light, they have the strangest power. I’ve just read The Girl in the Woods and The Dreaming again, and they come at me like images glimpsed out of chiaroscuro.
I love the dark and ancient atmosphere – atavistic perhaps. Very unusual in contemporary small press poetry. Some of the poems seem like incomplete stories, dreams, almost riddles. But that gives them a fairytale quality of mystery. My favourites were: The Dreaming, Down by the Byre and The Burning.
I’m finding many of these ballads and snatches really memorable – the doomed relationships, the way they draw on folk beliefs, the way so many of them stand at the lych-gate, and of course their music.
poignant, wistful, full of meaning. Very beautiful.
it’s such a mysterious and mystical way of looking at the natural world.
NATALIE LINH BOLDERSTON