David Morley (poet)

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David Morley
Born 1964
Occupation Poet, editor, academic
Nationality British
Period 1986 - present

David Morley (born 1964) is a British poet, critic, anthologist, editor and ecologist. His best-selling textbook The Cambridge Introduction to Creative Writing has been translated into many languages. His major poetry collections Scientific Papers, The Invisible Kings, Enchantment and The Gypsy and the Poet are published by Carcanet Press.[1]


Morley read Zoology at Bristol University, gaining a fellowship from the Freshwater Biological Association. He then conducted research on acid rain. Before his appointment as a Fellow at Warwick University, David Morley 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. Morley became Literature Officer for Kirklees in Yorkshire, directing the 1995 World Poetry Festival and 1995 Small Press Festival.

In 1996 he was appointed Arts Council Fellow in Writing at the University of Warwick. He is currently Director of the Warwick Writing Programme and Professor of Writing.[2] The University of Warwick awarded him a personal Chair in 2007, and a D.Litt in 2008.[3] He was elected a Fellow of The English Association in 2012.

Morley has received fourteen literary awards, including a major Eric Gregory Award (in 1989), a Tyrone Guthrie Award from Northern Arts, a Hawthorden International Writers Fellowship, an Arts Council Writers Award, the Raymond Williams Prize, a Creative Ambitions Award, and an Arts Council Fellowship in Writing at Warwick University.[4] He has also received two awards for his teaching, including a National Teaching Fellowship. Morley is himself the 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. His collection of poetry, The Invisible Kings, was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation.[1] He has written criticism, essays and reviews for newspapers and magazines including The Guardian, Poetry Review and The Times Higher Education Supplement.[5] He was a judge of the 2012 T.S. Eliot Prize and of the 2013 Foyle Young Poets Prize. He is Head of the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies at Warwick University and Alliance Chair of Writing at Monash University, Melbourne.


Poetry collections[edit]

  • 1989: Releasing Stone (Nanholme)
  • 1991: A Belfast Kiss (The Poetry Business)
  • 1993: Mandelstam Variations (Arc Publications)
  • 1994: A Static Ballroom (Scratch)
  • 1998: Clearing a Name (Arc Publications)
  • 2002: Scientific Papers (Carcanet)
  • 2002: Of Science (with Andy Brown) (Worple)
  • 2003: Ludus Coventriae (Prest Roots)
  • 2007: The Invisible Kings (Carcanet)
  • 2009: The Night of the Day (Nine Arches)
  • 2009: The Rose of the Moon (Templar)
  • 2010: Enchantment (Carcanet)
  • 2013: The Gypsy and the Poet (Carcanet)
  • 2015: The Invisible Gift: Selected Poems (Carcanet)


  • 1992: Under the Rainbow: Writers and Artists in Schools (Bloodaxe)
  • 2007: The Cambridge introduction to Creative Writing (Cambridge University Press)
  • 2012: The Cambridge Companion to Creative Writing (co-ed. Cambridge University Press)

Anthologies edited[edit]

  • 1990: Northern Stories 2 (with Philip Callow and Maura Dooley) (Littlewood)
  • 1993: The New Poetry (with Michael Hulse and David Kennedy) (Bloodaxe)
  • 2003: The Gift (Stride)
  • 2004: Phoenix New Writing (Heaventree)
  • 2007: No Longer Poetry: New Romanian Poetry (with Leonard Aldea) (Heaventree)
  • 2007: Collected Poems of Geoffrey Holloway (Arrowhead)
  • 2007: The Greatest Gift (NAGTY)
  • 2009: Dove Release: New Flights and Voices (Worple Press)
  • 2011: The Voyage: Adventures in Creative Writing (co-ed., Silkworms)


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