From 2013 to 2017, Michael taught over 1,000 hours of workshops in London for the Open Age Network (an active age charity for the over-50s), and The Institute (an adult education college in East Finchley / Kingsbury). He has also been a writing facilitator at DRUM Watford, a charity for people with disabilities, where he worked as a scribe to document people's life stories.
Michael's fiction, poetry, and prose poetry is published / forthcoming in journals such as The Spectator, Flash: The International Short-Short Story magazine, The Morning Star, POEM, Funny Bone: Flashing for Comic Relief (Flash: the International Short-Short Story Press), and Lung Jazz: Young British Poets for Oxfam (Cinnamon Press, 2012). See "Publications" for reviews and examples of his short stories and poetry.
He is judge of the inaugural Tongues and Grooves Prose Poem Prize 2018. The competition deadline is 1st January 2018, and the prize-giving ceremony (and readings by the winners) will take place on Sunday 25th March 2018. More information can be found here.
From 2004 - 2012 he was editor-publisher of 14 magazine, an unusual, illustrated magazine devoted to poems of fourteen lines - sonnets, ghost-sonnets and stranger brews - which he co-edited for all of its fourteen issues. 14 published prize-winning writers from the UK, Ireland, Europe, and America, including interviews and essays alongside the poems.
Writers Michael admires include Charles Boyle/Jack Robinson, Raymond Carver, Patricia Debney, Graham Greene, Amy Hempel, Tania Hershman, Selima Hill, Louis Jenkins, Luke Kennard, Katherine Mansfield, Lorraine Marriner, Harold Pinter, W.G. Sebald, Rebecca Solnit, Matthew Sweeney and R.S. Thomas.
Other artists whose work he finds inspirational are the Coen Brothers, Werner Herzog, Orson Welles, P.J. Harvey, The National, and Magritte.
He is available for readings at events around the U.K., and holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Creative Writing from Newcastle University (distinction) and a Master of Arts in Writing from Kingston University (distinction).
He is a Director of the National Association of Writers in Education, and a member of Lapidus, the Writing for Wellbeing Organisation.