about me


Shortly after being ordained, I moved to the North East of England to help establish Newcastle Buddhist Centre.

In 1998, I began to devote my time more fully to writing: various commissions, residencies, grants and awards followed. My full-length poetry collection 'peeled' was published by ARC. Its title poem received a special commendation in the 2005 Forward Prize.

I moved to London in 2006, and in 2011, I moved to East Sussex with my young family.

I have recently taken up the role of Chair at Brighton Buddhist Centre which forms the mainstay of my work, though I continue to undertake some freelance work.

I was born in Huddersfield, Yorkshire in 1967. After graduating from Nottingham University with a degree in Chemistry, I studied literature and philosophy and encountered Meditation and Buddhism.

I was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order in 1992 when I was given the name ‘Subhadassi’, which means ‘a glimpse of beauty’.

Very Carefully

As a fiddler might choose a bow,

gymnast test a wire or rope;

as a stonemason might carve a line,

poet find the precise rhyme;

as an architect might draw a plan,

priest weigh a bible in his hand;

as a lover might undo a heart –

gently unfasten a heart.