Derek is a retired pharmacist who, before moving to Taunton, lived in Falmouth, where he was Chairman and Secretary of The Falmouth Poetry Group. He has been published in New Statesman, The Independent, Ambit, Fatchance, Poetry Business Anthology and Poems Deep and Dangerous Anthology (Cambridge University Press). Odyssey Press published his first collection, Bluebeard’s Door (1992).
Some examples of his work are given below:
On Having a Burglar Alarm Fitted
The Copper Engraver