Ian Humphreys

Ian Humphreys

Ian Humphreys Headshot - Kendal Poetry Festival 2020 Poet

Festival Poet

Ian Humphreys’ debut collection, Zebra (Nine Arches Press, 2019) was nominated for the Portico Prize for Literature. He has been widely published in journals and anthologies including The Poetry Review, The Rialto, Magma and the Forward Book of Poetry 2019.

Awards include first prize in the Hamish Canham Prize and highly commended in the Forward Prizes for Poetry. A fellow of The Complete Works, which promotes diversity, quality and innovation in British poetry, Ian’s poems feature in Ten: Poets of the New Generation (Bloodaxe, 2017). Two of his poems have been longlisted in the National Poetry Competition, and his fiction shortlisted three times for the Bridport Prize. Ian has been published in overseas journals and anthologies, and has read at major literary festivals and spoken word events throughout the UK. He holds an MA in Creative Writing from the Manchester Writing School.

In 2019, Ian co-edited Butcher’s Dog Poetry Magazine (Issue 12). He has worked on a number of commissions; most recently writing a suite of poems responding to the BAME oral history collection of West Yorkshire Queer Stories. Ian lives in Hebden Bridge, was born in Bedfordshire, raised in Cheshire, and has lived and worked in Manchester, Hong Kong, Sydney and London. His mother’s mixed heritage is rooted in the multiculturalism of Macau. His father was of Anglo-Irish descent.

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