Starting in the small press world of the 1980s, Graham co-founded Stride Magazine with Rupert Loydell – one early reviewer commenting, ‘Palmer has the impressive gift of word economy, using a stark interplay of image and lyric to produce poems of depth and beauty.’
Since then he has dabbled with journalism and reviewing, written an ‘incisive’ study-guide on the Hound of the Baskervilles (so says the Sherlock Holmes Society of London) and published three books on writing for language-learners with Cambridge University Press, one of which was chosen by the English Language Gazette as their ‘Book of the Month’.
He’s run various writing workshops (both evening and residential) and performed his own work at a variety of venues and events. His original research featured in the centennial Book of the Old Edinburgh Club and the creation of myths, how the past informs or misinforms the present, has been one of his consistent themes.
Despite his northern namesake, Graham has – unfortunately – never worked on the railway and does not talk in rhyming couplets.
His recent work includes a song cycle with composer Jenni Pinnock called Cracked Voices which gives voice to the lost tales and characters of the borderlands of North Hertfordshire and South Cambridgeshire and also a historical biography.
He is open to commissions, creative collaborations and running workshops.
Feedback from a school workshop:
The atmosphere in the workshop was buzzing… Laura Rawlings, Headteacher, Greneway Middle School