English poet, screenwriter, crime novelist, and librettist known for Legion, Dreams of the Deceased, Gawain: a libretto, and additional works. His literary pseudonyms consist of David Lawrence and Jack port Curtis. He belonged to several concise, imagist-influenced poets that included Ian Hamilton. He offered as librettist for just two Harrison Birtwistle operas: The Minotaur and Gawain. He wedded Julia Watson, an celebrity. The couple elevated one child. His works had been double shortlisted (in 2002 and 2005) for the T.S. Eliot Reward.