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David Morley Headshot - Kendal Poetry Festival 2020 Poet

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David Morley

Festival Poet

David Morley is a poet and ecologist. For many years he carried out research into freshwater tarns in Cumbria and is delighted beyond words to be back in the Lake District for this festival.

David won the Ted Hughes Award for The Invisible Gift: Selected Poems, the judges commenting, ‘Ted Hughes wrote about the natural magical and mythical world; The Invisible Gift is a natural successor’. His Carcanet collections include The Lyrebird, The Magic of What’s There, The Gypsy and the Poet, Enchantment and The Invisible Kings. He co-edited The New Poetry for Bloodaxe Books, edited The Gift: New Writing for the NHS, and recently published his edition of Charles Tomlinson’s Selected Poems.

He is known, too, for his poetry installations within natural landscapes: ‘slow poetry’ sculptures and I-Cast poetry films; and he has served as a judge for several literary prizes such as the T.S. Eliot Prize and the Foyle Young Poets. David wrote the bestselling The Cambridge Introduction to Creative Writing and co-edited The Cambridge Companion to Creative Writing. His podcasts on creative writing have been some of the most successful in their field and were downloaded on to all demo AppleMacs. He is now Professor of Creative Writing at Warwick University. He is a winner of a Cholmondeley Award and a Fellow of The Royal Society of Literature.

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