Bio

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John rediscovered his passion for writing eight years ago, and has since been published globally, both in magazines and online. In 2011, he appeared in Soul Feathers, a poetry anthology in support of Macmillan Cancer Support that featured works by Maya Angelou, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Benjamin Zephaniah, and Carol Ann Duffy. He also appeared in This Island City, the first poetry anthology about Portsmouth, and Type 51, an anthology for northern writers. His work has won a number of awards, and he has received two Pushcart Prize nominations. He also has had work archived by the National Poetry Library.

As an educator and writer based in Sheffield, John has taught Drama, and English Language and Literature. He is currently Head of Media at The City School Sheffield. After working with the Basic Skills Agency on national literacy projects, John organised City Creative Writers, a family and creative writing group currently working on their second anthology. John is also a member of the National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE). In March 2012, John was invited to join the review panel at Bewildering Stories Magazine.

John aspires to write poetry that will appeal aesthetically to the wider poetry community, whilst remaining accessible to casual readers. He submits to both print and web-based magazines, and is passionate about using writing to break down national barriers and encourage cross cultural creative fertility and collaboration. He has been published in France, Germany, Canada, India, South Africa, Cameroon, and Pakistan, which included having his work translated into Urdu. In recent years, he has been delighted by the positive feedback that he has received. He is currently working with the British Czech and Slovak Association to establish an international writers group in Sheffield, linking foreign students and writers between the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University. In the near future, he will be launching his first collaborative novel, with Alan Patching and Dave Pickersgill , Beer, Balls, and The Belgian Mafia.

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