Moved from Northern Ireland in 1977 to Middlesbrough, in order to attend Teesside Polytechnic. Then settled in Newcastle, where he founded Echo Room Press and was also the editor of Stand magazine. Has published a number of collections and has appeared in many magazines and small press pamphlets. A retrospective of his work, Goin' Down Slow: Selected Poems 1985-2010, was published by Tall Lighthouse in 2010. Currently lives in Brighton where he edits a new incarnation of The Echo Room magazine (launched 2012).