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John Siddique

John Siddique (born 1964) is a British poet, essayist and author. He is the Royal Literary Fund Fellow at York St John University.

Personal life

Siddique has stated in interviews that he regards his true countries of birth to be "literature and language".[1] The young Siddique immersed himself in the world of books through his local library. Before becoming a writer he drifted through various jobs such as being a roadie, a pipe-welder, and landscape gardener.[2] He first began writing in 1991 after reading James Joyce's Ulysses and discovering the poetry of e.e. cummings via the Woody Allen film Hannah and Her Sisters.[3]

Published works

Full Blood (Salt, 2011)
Recital – An Almanac (Salt, 2009)
Blackpool - A Poet’s View (Blackpool Council, 2009)
Poems from a Northern Soul (Crocus, 2007)
Transparency (editor) (Crocus, 2006)
The Prize (Rialto, 2005)

Short stories
Four Fathers (co-author) (Route, 2007)

For children
Don’t Wear It On Your Head (Salt, 2010)

Selected anthologies
New Writing 15 (Granta)
The Fire People (Payback/Canongate)
Velocity (Apples & Snakes/Black Spring)
Masala (MacMillan)
Anthology of British South Asian Poetry (Redbeck)
RED (Peepal Tree)
Life Lines – Poets for Oxfam CD

Prizes, awards and honours
Hawthornden Fellowship 2014
Royal Literary Fund Fellow – York St. John University 2013
Honorary Creative Writing Fellow at Leicester University 2011-13
Arts Council of England Writer’s Awards 2005, 2006, 2007, 2011
Shortlisted for CPLE Poetry Award 2007
Nomination for Best First Collection - Forward Prize 2005
Nomination for Best Poem - Forward Prize 2004

Manchester Literature Festival 2010
Los Angeles for The British Council 2009
Blackpool - Poet in Residence 2008
Manchester Art Gallery 2008
Fundacion Valparaiso 2006
The Rainer Charity, Wigan 2005
Commonword/BBC Manchester - Poet in Residence 2005
Ilkley Literature Festival - Poet in Residence 2004
HMYOI Wetherby - Writer in Residence 2000 – 03
Ledbury Poetry Festival - Writer in Residence for Young People 2000 – 03
The LOWRY - Poet in residence 2000 – 01
Prestwich NHS Trust - Poet in Residence 2000


External links

  • John Siddique's Website
  • Granta
  • British Council Information Page
  • Interview at The Argotist
  • California State University Poet in Residence Page

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