David Morley is a British poet, critic and
ecologist who won the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry in 2016. In the same year, he won a Cholmondeley Award from The Society of Authors for his body of work and contribution to poetry.
He has published 23 books, including 8 collections of poetry. His poetry and prose have been translated
into several languages and his book on creative writing The Cambridge Introduction to Creative Writing is a
bestseller around the world.
Invisible Gift: Selected Poems was published by Carcanet in 2015 and won the prestigious Ted Hughes Award in 2016.
Previous books include The Gypsy and the Poet, a Poetry Book Society Recommendation; Enchantment, a Sunday
Telegraph Book of the Year; and The Invisible Kings, a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and a TLS Book of
David is also known for his pioneering ecological poetry installations within natural landscapes
and the creation of ‘slow poetry’ sculptures and I-Cast poetry films. David’s creative writing podcasts
are among the most popular literature downloads on iTunes worldwide.Two episodes of his 'writing challenges' are now preloaded onto all demo macs used in Apple Stores
across the world.
David read Zoology at Bristol University, gaining on graduation a fellowship from the Freshwater
Biological Association. He then conducted research on acid rain. David Morley then directed the National Association of Writers in Education. He was elected deputy chair
of The Poetry Society (UK) and co-founded The Poetry Cafe in Covent Garden.
a bestselling anthology The New Poetry for Bloodaxe Books (1993) and edited the British and Irish poetry list for
Arc Publications for ten years. David directed the World Poetry Festival and National Small Press
Throughout his career Morley has advised
British governments on national arts and literature funding, and served on panels for regional and national Arts Councils
In 1996 he founded the Warwick
Writing Programme with Jeremy Treglown. The University of Warwick awarded him a personal Chair in 2007, and a D.Litt in 2008.
David has received fourteen literary awards, including
the Ted Hughes Award, a major Eric Gregory Award, a Tyrone Guthrie Award from Northern Arts, a Hawthorden International Writers
Fellowship, an Arts Council Writers Award, a Creative Ambitions Award, the Raymond Williams Prize, and an Arts Council Fellowship.
David has also received two awards for his teaching, including a National Teaching Fellowship. A pamphlet of
new poems The Rose of the Moon was a winner of the Templar Poetry Prize judged by Tim Liardet. David was himself
one of the judges of The Cholmondeley Awards from The Society of Authors from 2006-2010. He was a judge of the 2012 TS Eliot
Prize and the 2013 Foyle Young Poets Prize.
Morley is the founding Director of the Warwick Prize for Writing. He has been a guest on a number of broadcast programmes
including Front Row, Open Book and The Late Show.
has written criticism, essays and reviews for newspapers and magazines including The Guardian, Poetry Review,
PN Review, Magma, Modern Poetry in Translation and The Times Higher Education Supplement. He co-edited
The Cambridge Companion to Creative Writing.
tutors for The Arvon Foundation, The Poetry School and Maddy Prior's Stones Barn courses.
In 2014 he was appointed
Head of the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick; and is currently professor
of writing at Warwick University and Alliance Chair of Writing at Monash University, Melbourne.