David Morley (poet)

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David Morley
Born16 March 1964
Blackpool, England
OccupationPoet, editor, academic
Period1986 – present

David Morley FRSL (born 16 March 1964) is an English 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] The Invisible Gift: Selected Poems was published by Carcanet and won The Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry. He was awarded a Cholmondeley Award by The Society of Authors for his body of work and contribution to poetry. He is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Literature. FURY published in August 2020 is a Poetry Book Society Choice and was shortlisted for The Forward Prize for Best Collection.


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 has served as Director of the Warwick Writing Programme.[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 a number of literary awards including the 2015 Ted Hughes Award for New Poetry, a Cholmondeley Award, a major Eric Gregory Award, the Tyrone Guthrie Award, a Hawthornden International Writers Fellowship, an Arts Council Writers Award, the Raymond Williams Prize, an Arts Council Fellowship in Writing at Warwick University.[4] He has also received two awards for his teaching, including a National Teaching Fellowship. He has been a guest on a number of broadcast programmes including Front Row, Open Book and The Late Show. His collections of poetry The Invisible Kings and The Gypsy and the Poet were Poetry Book Society Recommendations; and FURY a Poetry Book Society Choice.[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 was Head of the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies at Warwick University and is now Professor. He also holds the Alliance Chair of Writing at Monash University, Melbourne. In 2018 he was elected a Fellow of The Royal Society of Literature.


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)
  • 2016: The Death of Wisdom Smith, Prince of Gypsies (The Melos Press)
  • 2017: The Magic of What's There (Carcanet)
  • 2020: FURY (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)


  • 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)
  • 2018: Swimming Chenango Lake: Selected Poems of Charles Tomlinson (Carcanet Press)


External links[edit]

  • [1] Listen to David Morley reading his poetry] - a Poetry Archive recording, 11 January 2016.