I am a poet and Senior Lecturer in Writing at Edge Hill, with particular responsibility for the MA Writing Studies. Out of my creative I have developed a belief in the efficacy of poetics as a speculative writerly discourse for students and all kinds of writers, not just the 'linguistically innovative' poets with whom I am associated.
I have an author page on the British Electronic Poetry Centre at www.soton.ac.uk/~bepc/
containing a bibliography, biography, poetics, and a poem from The Lores.
Full length collections:
Daylight Robbery, Stride, Exeter, 1990
The Flashlight Sonata, Stride, Exeter, 1993
Transit Depots/Empty Diaries (with John Seed [text] and Patricia Farrell [images]), Ship of Fools, 1993
Empty Diaries, Stride, Exeter, 1998
The Lores, Reality Street, 2003
for information on the publisher and volume.)
Tin Pan Arcadia, Salt Publishing, 2003
Hymns to the God in which my Typewriter Believes, Stride Books, forthcoming
(see Stride: www.stridebooks.com) Three of the texts from this book may be read at
www.jacketmagazine.com including ?Pastoral and Parody?:
?Haiku for Piano? (i.m. Ric Caddel) at www.jacketmagazine.com/22/caddel.html
and ?Closing the Books, Locking the Chests?, my response to September 11, at
Pamphlets and shorter publications:
Returns, Textures, London 1985
Private Number, Northern Lights Publishers, London 1986
Looking North (with images by Patricia Farrell), Ship of Fools, 1987
Letter from the Blackstock Road, Oasis Books, 1988
Internal Exile, Torque Press, Southampton, 1988
The Cannibal Club (with Patricia Farrell), Ship of Fools, 1990
Codes and Diodes (with Bob Cobbing), Writers Forum, 1991
Killing Boxes, Ship of Fools, London, 1992
Icarus - Having Fallen (with Patricia Farrell), Ship of Fools, 1992
Fucking Time (with Patricia Farrell), Ship of Fools, London, 1993
Fox Spotlights, The Short Run Press, Cheltenham, 1995
The Book of British Soil (with Patricia Farrell), Ship of Fools, 1995
Free Fists (with Patricia Farrell), Writers Forum, 1996
Soleï¿½ for Lorca, Ship of Fools, Liverpool, 1998
Neutral Drums (with Patricia Farrell), Writers Forum, 1999
(Read part of this text on http://www.jacketmagazine.com/09/shep.html.)
Three Poems, Ship of Fools, Liverpool, 2000
Depleted Uranium, Ship of Fools, Liverpool, 2001
31st April or The Age of Irony, Ship of Fools, Liverpool, 2001
Blatant Blather/Virulent Whoops (with Bob Cobbing), Writers Forum, 2001
(Read all of this text at www.jacketmagazine.com/20/cobb-shep.html
and read a review at www.terriblework.co.uk/blatent_blather.htm)
The End of the Twentieth Century, Ship of Fools, 2002
(Read a review of this at www.terriblework.co.uk/endofthetwentiethcentury.htm
The Blickensderfer Punch (with Patricia Farrell), Ship of Fools,2002
Ocean Green: Homage to Jack B Yeats, Wild Honey Press, forthcoming, (See
www.wildhoneypress/com for details of this press.)
The Anti-Orpheus, Shearsman Books (this will available as a downloadable
e-book from www.shearsman.com)
Details of some of these publications can be found on www.amazon.co.uk
or at www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/search-handle-form/202-0703293-2037403
Many of the above publications form parts of a long project, Twentieth Century Blues, upon which I worked between 1989 and 2000. (Read an account of this project at
All the texts (or intertexts) are linked to others by number and by strand. There are 75 parts of unequal size, ranging from several words to 60 pages.
The New British Poetry, Paladin, 1988
Floating Capital: New Poets from London, ed. Adrian Clarke and Robert Sheppard, Potes and Poets Press, USA, 1991 (See www.potes.poets.org/catalog/floating.htm
for details of this volume)
Verbi Visi Voco: a performance of poetry, ed. Griffiths and Cobbing, Writers Forum, 1992.
New British and Irish Writing, West Coat Line Number 17 (29/2) ed. Quartermain, 1995.
Recent UK Poetry, Talisman, ed. Caddel and Middleton, 1996.
Other, ed. Caddel and Quartermain, Wesleyan University Press, 1999.
Voices for Kosovo, ed. Rupert Loydell, Stride Publications, 1999.
Anthology of Twentieth-Century British and Irish Poetry, ed. Keith Tuma, Oxford University Press (Oxford and New York, 2001) (See www.oup-usa.org/toc/tc_019512894X.html
My poetry has appeared in many magazines since the 1970s, including: The Gig (Canada), Shearsman, Oasis, Jacket (Australia), Terrible Work, Tears in the Fence, Scratch, And, New Statesman, Great Works, Angel Exhaust, PN Review.
Other Creative Writing:
One new departure for me is my involvement as a visiting scholar to Sudley House in order to write a text relating to/deriving from the Holt art collection there and the house itself. I propose to present the text as a virtual (anti-)guide.
Far Language : Poetics and Linguistically Innovative Poetry 1978-1997, Stride Research Documents, 1999.
(Various articles from this may be found on the web, including
On Bob Cobbing at www.jacketmagazine.com/09/shep-cobb.html
On Ulli Freer at www.jacketmagazine.com/09/shep-freer.html
On Twentieth Century Blues at www.jacketmagazine.com/09/shep-shep.html)
The Poetry of Saying: British Poetry and its Discontents 1950-2000, Liverpool University Press. (forthcoming)
Iain Sinclair, Writers and Their Work, Northcote House (forthcoming)
The Necessity of Poetics, Ship of Fools, 2002. A slightly earlier version may be read at
Pedagogic Research on Writing:
I have received English Subject Centre funds for a research project entitled
Supplementary Discourses in Creative Writing Teaching. This may be read at:
Performance Work and Readings:
I have read my poetry at many venues including: Colpitts, Durham; University of East Anglia; Premises, Norwich Arts Centre; The Public House Bookshop, Brighton; University of Oxford; King?s College, London; SubVoicive, London (Read the introductions to these readings at http://pages.britishlibrary.net/svp/intros/svpintrs.html
and at http://pages.britishlibrary.net/svp/intros/svpintrs2.html); Torriano Meeting House, London; New River Project, London; Writers Forum Workshop, London (See images of these workshop, including my son and I, at www.manson88.freeserve.co.uk/cobbing.htm ); Compendium Bookshop, London; Hillview Festival, 1992; Blue Nose Poets, London; University of Cambridge; Vertical Images, London; Royal Holloway College, Egham; The University of New Hampshire, USA; The Rose Theatre, Edge Hill College of Higher Education; University of Plymouth; Exeter University Literary Society; the Arvon Foundation, Devon, University College, Cork, (See some strange photos of the Cork Poetry Festival at www.tomraworth.com/cork.html); Birkbeck College, London; the English Subject Centre; University of Glamorgan; Crossing the Line at the Poetry Cafï¿½, Covent Garden; The Collect Gallery, Liverpool; Camden People?s Theatre, London.
I have additionally performed in various combinations with the choreographer Jo Blowers: at The Art Funktion, Woking; Chisenhale Dance Space, London; The Cafe Gallery, Southwark; Edge Hill College of Higher Education.
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