A noted poet, he is writing a multi-volume version of the Iliad in modern verse, even though he knows no ancient Greek. So far he has published the following four volumes in the series: War Music, Kings, The Husbands, and All Day Permanent Red.
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[on being imprisoned at the Acre Central Prison] It wasn't so different from being at boarding school. In other words, it was bloody awful. It was during that time, though, that I got properly interested in poetry. So it was quite useful in the end.
He was awarded the Whitbread Poetry Prize in 2005 for his collection entitled "Cold Calls.".
Greatest War Poet in England