Derek Adams : poet & photographer.

born in Walthamstow, London.
lives in Stansfield, Sudbury, Suffolk

Trustee of the Suffolk Poetry Society and
Poetry Society Suffolk Stanza Rep from 2016-2023,  Committee member of Poetry Aloud Bury St Edmunds

Available for poetry readings & as a poetry writing workshop facilitator


Twitter: @DerekAdamsPhoto

Derek Adams, poet

New collection EXPOSURE – Snapshots from the life of Lee Miller, from Dempsey and Windle available now
Exposure reviewed in London Grip read review here    and reviewed in The Blue Nib read review here

other poetry books by Derek Adams:
"unconcerned but not indifferent - the life of Man Ray", 2006 Ninth Arrondissement Press,
"Everyday Objects, Chance Remarks", 2005, Littoral Press
"Postcards to Olympus", 2004 Poetry Monthly Press.

he has an MA in Creative and Life Writing from Goldsmiths, University of London.

poems have appeared in the following magazines or ezines :
Acumen, Ambit, Angle, Apostrophe, BBC Wildlife Magazine, Boomerang, Black October, Chimera, Citizen 32, Clean Sheets, Comrades, The Curlew,  The Delinquent, Dream People, The Ekphrastic Review, The-errorist, Erosha, Envoi, Eyewear, The Fenland Reed,  Goldfish, Ink Sweat and Tears, The Interpreters House, Krax, LabLit, Legend, Littoral, London Grip, Magma, Maintenant (USA), Moonstone, Neon,  Nth Position, Obsessed With Pipework, The Ofi Press Literary Magazine, Orbis, Other Poetry, P.F.S.Post, Poetry Monthly, Poetry Nottingham International, The Poetry Box, The Poet Tree, Haiku Presence, Purple Patch, Read The Music, Red Lamp, Rialto, Rising, Seam, Smith's Knoll, Snakeskin, Sol, South, South Bank Poetry, Southend Poetry, SpinDrifter (USA), Strange Horizons, Stride Magazine, Tears In The Fence, Trespass, Twelve Rivers, Verse Libre, Visionary Tongue, Welcome, The Whistle House, Winedark Sea (NZ),The Wolf, Writers Muse, Zafusy.

and in these anthologies :

Ripples: Poems – Selections by Elizabeth Cook for Suffolk Poetry Society’s 70th Anniversary (Suffolk Poetry Society 2022)
On a Knife Edge (Suffolk Poetry Society 2021)
The Tales Told by Birds – Poems in Lockdown  (Watermelon Press 2020)
The Language Of Salt (Fragmented Voices 2020)
Adamantine (Speckled Mountain Books 2020)

What the Peacock Replied (Dempsey & Windle 2019)
What the Elephant Said to the Peacock (Dempsey & Windle 2018)
Fifty Ways to Fly (Rhythm & Muse 2017)

Ornith-ology: the poetry of birds (Poetry Wivenhoe & Mosaic 2016)
Day Begin... (Wivenbooks 2015)
GOLD: 30 years of Southend Poetry
Inspired by Hungarian poetry: British poets in conversation with Attila József (2013)
From the City to the Saltings: Poems from Essex. (Poetry in Practice 2013)
Pelaton (Templar Poetry 2013)

Birdbook 2: Freshwater Habitats ( Sidekick Books 2012)
Snap (Templar Poetry 2010)
Ava Gardner: Touches of Venus ( 2010)
Genius Floored (Soaring Penguin 2009)
Losing the Edge (Ragged Raven Press 2009)
Buzz (Templar Poetry 2008)
Lifemarks: Poetry about the big events of life (Cub. December 2007)
Solitaire (Templar Poetry 2007)
Velvet Avalanche: a collection of erotic poetry (Satjar Projects 2006)
The Sleepless Sands (Earlyworks Press 2006)
A Dress of Nettles (Ragged Raven Press 2004)
Off The Wall - Anthology of Comic Verse (2003)
The Sensitively Thin Bill of the Shag (Biscuit Publishing 2003)
Saturday Night Desperate (Ragged Raven Press 2003)
Uno (Comrades Press 2002)

A selection of my poems were chosen for Ragged Lion Press' Free Poetry Series   #8 Derek Adams - Undertow

Did I hear That (2012), a creative project with Royal Philharmomic Society to explore using music as a source of inspiration.

A poem of mine appeared on a 'Poem Card' distrubuted around Southend on Sea as part of the 2014 Southend festival

Co-editor of: From the City to the Saltings, Poems From Essex (2013), Sentinal Champions issue 11,    Sentinal Champions issue 5

short stories in :
House of Pain, Monas Hieroglyphica, Udolpho, Visionary Tongue, Writers Muse.

performed at :
The Poetry Cafe Covent Garden. The Troubadour Earls Court. Cabaret Voltaire Colchester. Enfield Poets The Essex Poetry Festival. The Leigh Folk Festival. Nottingham Poetry Society. The Palace Theatre (Westcliff). Southend Library. The Southend Poetry Group. Club Riga, Westcliff. Sundown (Southend). Waterstones (Southend). St Benets Church, Blackfriars EC4. Colchester Arts Centre. Shakespeare and Company, Paris. Oxfam Poetry Series (Marylebone High St). poetrywivenhoe. Rayleigh Arts Festival. Derwent Poetry Festival. Lumen Poetry Series. Camden Poetry Series. Ride the Word. I Scream Sunday. Howl, Poets off the Shelf, More Poerty, Ware Poets, Poetry Aloud, Sudbury Poets, Dada Invasion London.

"As a live performer he mixes depth and subtle humour " Jamie Spracklen writing in Visionary Tongue Magazine

performed on :
Poetry Please, BBC Radio 4

BBC Radio Essex
Sue Marchant show BBC Radio Cambridgeshire/Essex/Suffolk
Poem featured on the 'Listening Wall' at Poetry International at the Southbank Centre, London.

led poetry writing workshops for :
Farleys House & Gallery, The Lettering Arts Trust, OU Poets, Poetry Wivenhoe, Essex Book Festival, Poetry Aloud (Bury St Edmunds), The Gibberd Garden (Harlow), Festival of Suffolk Poetry, Ely Folk Festival, Essex Poetry Festival, London South Bank University, The Southend Poetry Group.

Commissioned by Waveney & Blyth Arts to produce a video poetry workshop, aimed at children aged 8 – 12 years and their families, for their YouTube channel, September 2020

Ely Folk Festival, Poet in Residence 2015 & 2016.

photographic exhibition:

Traced in the Shadows - Ways of Looking at Poets:
Poetry Cafe, Betterton St. London WC2, 1st-30th September, 2005.

The Gallery, Chelmsford Central Library, Essex, 1st-30th October, 2006.
 A.N.P.Q   4 Avenue Marcellin Albert, 34800, Péret, France 20 June – 25 July 2009
traced in the shadows: derek adams: ways of looking at poets, photography - tanguy flot, tableaux

Photographs of contemporary British poets contrast with images cut from fabric and built with layers of hand-worked clay. Two artists
 whose work reveals a shared perception of the essence of the image

Icebytes, Ledbury Poetry Festival, 1st - 10th July 2011
Poetry Cafe, Betterton St. London WC2, 5th March to mid April 2012