David Morley

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At the Ted Hughes Poetry Festival, 2015
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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.

The 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 the Year.

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.

He co-edited 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 Festival.

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 England.

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.

David 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.

He has written criticism, essays and reviews for newspapers and magazines including The GuardianPoetry Review, PN Review, Magma, Modern Poetry in Translation and The Times Higher Education Supplement. He co-edited The Cambridge Companion to Creative Writing.

He 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.

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