John Lyons has practised visual arts since 1959 following his studies first at London’s Goldsmiths College, School of Art, and then at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Evidence of his creative involvement to date: six published poetry collections, an illustrated cookery book with foodie poems, several national poetry prizes, including the Peterloo Poetry Competition, inclusion on the Poetry Archive, creative writing tutoring, and readings in major festivals.