John Siddique

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John Siddique FRSA (born 1964) is a British poet, essayist and author. He is the Royal Literary Fund Fellow at York St John University.

John Siddique Book Signing at California State University, Los Angeles

Personal life[edit]

Siddique has stated in interviews that he regards his true countries of birth to be "literature and language".[1] The young Siddique immersed himself in the world of books through his local library. Before becoming a writer he drifted through various jobs such as being a roadie, a pipe-welder, and landscape gardener.[2] He first began writing in 1991 after reading James Joyce's Ulysses and discovering the poetry of e.e. cummings via the Woody Allen film Hannah and Her Sisters.[3]

Published works[edit]

Full Blood (Salt, 2011)
Recital – An Almanac (Salt, 2009)
Blackpool - A Poet’s View (Blackpool Council, 2009)
Poems from a Northern Soul (Crocus, 2007)
Transparency (editor) (Crocus, 2006)
The Prize (Rialto, 2005)

Short stories
Four Fathers (co-author) (Route, 2007)

For children
Don’t Wear It On Your Head (Salt, 2010)

Selected anthologies
New Writing 15 (Granta)
The Fire People (Payback/Canongate)
Velocity (Apples & Snakes/Black Spring)
Masala (MacMillan)
Anthology of British South Asian Poetry (Redbeck)
RED (Peepal Tree)
Life Lines – Poets for Oxfam CD

Prizes, awards and honours
Fellow Royal Society Arts
Hawthornden Fellowship
Royal Literary Fund Fellow – York St. John University 2013-15
Honorary Creative Writing Fellow at Leicester University
Arts Council of England Writer’s Awards 2005, 2006, 2007, 2011
Shortlisted for CPLE Poetry Award 2007
Nomination for Best First Collection - Forward Prize 2005
Nomination for Best Poem - Forward Prize 2004

Manchester Literature Festival 2010
Los Angeles for The British Council 2009
Blackpool - Poet in Residence 2008
Manchester Art Gallery 2008
Fundacion Valparaiso 2006
The Rainer Charity, Wigan 2005
Commonword/BBC Manchester - Poet in Residence 2005
Ilkley Literature Festival - Poet in Residence 2004
HMYOI Wetherby - Writer in Residence 2000 – 03
Ledbury Poetry Festival - Writer in Residence for Young People 2000 – 03
The LOWRY - Poet in residence 2000 – 01
Prestwich NHS Trust - Poet in Residence 2000


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