W H Petty

W H PettyW H Petty was formerly President of the Society of Education Officers and was appointed CBE for services to Education. He holds a D.Litt from the University of Kent, and served as Chair of what is now Canterbury Christ Church University.

His poems have been widely published and successful in a number of competitions and his previous collections have all been well received. He has himself reviewed poetry for several literary journals.

Sample poem: Watch

Oversteps publications

But Someone Liked Them (2009)

Above the headland rock
the fists
of Winter are hammering
the earth. Black thoughts come wagging
from History,

for we also watch that room-cornered screen

and watch
another day, cruel,
go crumbling to its close.

Extract from “Closure”