Aidan Semmens is the author of six volumes of poetry – A Stone Dog (Shearsman Books 2011), The Book of Isaac (Free Verse / Parlor Press 2013), Uncertain Measures (Shearsman 2014), Life Has Become More Cheerful (Shearsman 2017) and There Will Be Singing (Shearsman 2020). The Jazz Age, a sequence of surreal and comic vignettes casting historical characters into anachronistic situations, was chosen by Salt Publishing to relaunch its Modern Poets series in 2022. He is also editor of the online poetry magazine Molly Bloom, and before moving to Orkney edited an anthology of Suffolk poetry, By the North Sea (Shearsman 2013). He is widely published in poetry magazines and has given many readings of his work, including at festivals in Berlin, Aldeburgh and Dorset.
Professionally, he has been a sportswriter, a news columnist, and a sub-editor for newspapers including The Daily Mirror, The Independent, the i, and for many years the News of the World, where he specialised in sport. He has also written for magazines on subjects ranging from medieval church art and architecture to photography, travel and green issues.
He has been wielding a lens since 1965; his photos have appeared in various newspapers, magazines and academic books.