Welcome to the website of the Bard of Windmill Hill:
award winning poet, lyrical comedian and stand-up philosopher; events creator, word weaver, satirist and moments of magic maker.
In 2014 I was voted Storyteller of the Year.
In 2018 I received a Best Show Award from Shaftesbury Fringe Festival.
Here are some comments from the judges' report:
"well constructed, original and funny... sharp and often unexpected... a real pro... a clever and original voice".
And according to Leicester Secular Society it was "Absolutely wonderful - funny, thought-provoking, original. One of the best evenings ever."
I am available to perform at festivals, cabarets and other public events. Enquiries from private parties, WIs, Probus groups etc are also welcome.
- one-man shows
- Word Wizards Cabarets
- writing and performance workshops for schools, festivals or other organisations
- bespoke cabarets with other performers (including circus acts, musicians, magicians, comedians, dancers)
- master of ceremonies
- walkabout entertainments
- bespoke poems for special occasions or promotions
Contact me at [email protected]
or call 0117 9665514 / 07957 147464
I also provide workshops to schools and am a member of the National Association of Writers in Education.
Here are some typical comments:
"We have been doing performance poetry and plan to return to it in a few weeks, so your activity fitted perfectly. We will refer back to your teaching when we revisit this skill." S Rowe, Year 3 teacher, Bridport Primary, 2017 ...and children said: "I was really hooked", "He inspired me", "Tone of voice and facial expressions made us laugh", "I liked the fact that the audience could join in".
Here is a link to a performance at
The Redcatch Club on the launch night of
9th February 2019. It offers advice on the process of wooing.
Present Concerns: Truth Decay
Forward, forward, on we slump,
Bamboozled by the thoughts of Trump;
That bloated, blobby, orange lump,
That dispenser of dismay.
With his following of faithful fools
He disregards established rules
And tweets away his vicious views
To spread his truth decay.
Beliefs we thought were long out-dated
Have now all be reactivated.
The hot air he has generated
Has led his flock astray.
He's breaking things so hard to mend.
Let's steer supporters from this trend
And tell them 'Donald's not your friend!'
He's spreading truth decay!
When he hears truth he cannot take
He fulminates and calls it fake.
Repugnance washes in his wake
When he mauls our Mrs May.
That pussy-grabbing orange blob,
Who vomits garbage from his gob,
Has claimed the world's most crucial job
To spread his truth decay!
... continues in similar vein.
Here is a link to a short extract from a cabaret:
"Some poets make you laugh, some make you cry, and some make you think. Not many can do all these things." Mike Abrahams, sponsor of Bristol Vegfest
The Bard of Windmill Hill at Priddy Folk Festival
Word Wizards Cabaret 2016
Festival appearances include:
Festival appearances include:
Acoustic Festival of Britain, Barnstaple Theatre Festival, Bath Folk Festival, Beardy Folk Festival, Beautiful Days,
Bristol Folk Festival, Bristol Festival of Literature, Bristol Poetry Festival, Bristol Redfest, Bristol Storytelling Festival,
Bristol Vegfest, Buddhafield, Chagstock,Cheltenham Poetry Festival, Festival of Chichester, Chippenham Folk Festival,
Everybody's Reading (Leicester), Hay Arts Festival, Home Farm Festival, The Green Gathering, The Lunar Festival,
Maryport Literature Festival, New Forest Folk Festival, Priddy Folk Festival (poet in residence for three years),
Shaftesbury Fringe Festival, Stainsby Festival (resident for four years), Towersey Festival, Unearthed in a Field,
Warwick Folk Festival, Wirral Festival of Firsts, Wychwood Festival,
Yeovil Literary Festival
See the next page for coming events