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My fifth book of poems a fine fine place is out now.
It’s been a while in the making, and I’m really proud of it. I hope you’ll like it too.

Buying it is easy.
Just click on this link!
I’ll always* have copies with me at my gigs, too.

*dependent on me remembering to bring some with me, obviously.

My fourth book more bees, bigger bonnets has sold out of its second print run.
Which means it’s probably time to start thinking about book number six….


Poetry is all about engaging with an audience, sharing ideas, and making connections.
If you want me to come to your town, drop me a line, and we’ll see what we can do.

Here’s the dates – so far – for the first few months of 2019.

Walsall: 6th Jan 2019. Yes We Cant welcomes Willis the Poet as our guest poet, with Emma Purshouse as ‘Alf Ender.
Wolverhampton: 16th Jan 2019. The first of our ‘Home & Away’ nights of the year. Premier league poetry from local poets and a visiting team. This time, our guests hail from Milton Keynes. Held at the Lighthouse.
Wolverhampton: 26th Jan 2019. I’ll be hosting the Wolves Lit Fest poetry slam with my colleagues Dave Pitt and Emma Purshouse. We’ve a belting line-up, and tickets for this always fly out of the door. Get yours here!
Wolverhampton: 2nd Feb 2019. Poets, Prattlers, and Pandemonialists are hosting the Wolves Lit Fest Fringe Room all day at the Lych Gate. Five shows, entry to each by donation.
Wolverhampton: 3rd Feb 2019. In conjunction with Wolves Lit Fest, for one month only, we’re moving Yes We Cant to the Lych Gate in Wolves. And we’ve TWO headline acts. Whoop!
Walsall: 21st Feb 2019. I’m guest poet at Orators & Opinions, Fountain Inn. 7.30pm start.

Leeds: 22nd Feb 2019. Oops, the Chemic was double-booked. I’ll be arranging another Leeds gig later in the year.

Walsall: 3rd Mar 2019. Yes, We Cant returns to the Pretty Bricks. Janine Booth is our guest poet.
Manchester: 6th Mar 2019. We’re taking the PPP Edinburgh show to Gullivers in the city centre. Tickets on sale here.

Shrewsbury: 7th Mar 2019. We’re taking the PPP Edinburgh show to Shrewsbury.

Bradford: 11th Mar 2019. I’m guest poet at Beehive Poets.
Wolverhampton: 12th Mar 2019. I’m one of the guest poets at City Voices.
Banbury: 21st Mar 2019. I’m guest poet at Scriptstuff, The Attic, Butchers Row.
Swansea: 26th Mar 2019. Myself and Emma Purshouse are guest poets at Talisman Poetry, Copper Bar, Castle St.

Walsall: 7th Apr 2019. We’re very proud and excited to welcome Roy McFarlane to Yes, We Cant.
New Mills: 10th Apr 2019. I head to the Peaks with Emma Purshouse to be guests at the poetry night in Spring Bank Arts.
Doncaster: 11th Apr 2019. We then head on to South Yorkshire, to read there.
Wolverhampton: 16th Apr 2019. It’s Home & Away once more! With a visiting team from the far side of Birmingham and a nod toward Worcester.

Stone: 25th Apr 2019. Myself and Emma Purshouse will be guest poets of Stone Scribblers at Stone Library.

Cheltenham: 3rd May 2019. I’m very proud to be appearing at this year’s Cheltenham Poetry Festival, headlining their ‘Outspoken 3’ event at Cheltenham Playhouse. Tickets here.
Walsall: 5th May 2019. Yes, We Cant welcomes AP Staunton. You really need to see this guy.
Lichfield: 21st May 2019. I’m guest at Poetry Alight.


I’ll keep adding gigs as they come in. If you want me in your town, get in touch and we’ll see what we can sort out!!


One autumn day I woke up to find – and I never thought I’d be typing these words – a poem about tax evasion writing itself down on the page as fast as my sleepy hand could move. Still, I guess someone had to do it. I called it ‘No-one likes an angry poet’. Tax Research UK like it. Which is a first for me. You’ll find it on the Poems page (where else?). Share it as widely as you like. You never know, we might just change something.


Words not enough? Filmed in an empty pub in Birmingham, posted to Youtube, yours to share.
And if you enjoyed that, nip over to the
videos page and check out some more….