About Michael Blackburn

Lecturer in English Literature and Creative Writing in the School of English and Journalism. Poet and writer.

Three bursaries available for Arvon Poetry Workshop in Lincoln.

BURSARIES of up to £200 are available on this:

We’re offering three grants of £200 to cover a large proportion of cost of the weekend, which is £280 in total (including food and drink. We might consider offering the full fee depending on the applicant, but for now we’re offering £200 each.

I hope you are interested in the sounds of this, and would be able to promote it to your students. I have attached a PDF of our flyer which gives you a bit if the flavour of the course. More information can be found here: http://www.arvon.org/course/arvon-lincoln/

I am happy to speak with anyone interested in joining us, and so please do get in touch or put students in touch with me on 0207 324 2554. I work Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. If you have any advice or thoughts also about promoting the course I’d be interested to know.


Suzie Jones.


Free student membership of the Poetry Book Society.

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Students in higher education can join The Poetry Book Society for FREE!

The PBS has launched a free student membership, which is open to all UK higher education students, who can enrol by emailing or sending their proof of student identity to us.

Students can join online and contact will be via email. Once they have enrolled and logged in, student members will be able to view the online version of the Bulletin, our quarterly review of the best new poetry, in the restricted members’ area. They can also order books and receive their 25% members’ discount.

Go here for details.

Heroines of Teen Literature, at Lincoln Waterstones, Wed 29 Oct

YA authors Kerry Drewery, Zoe Marriott and Emma Pass will all be appearing at Lincoln High Street Waterstones at 6.30, Wednesday 29 October.

All writers of strong, independent female characters, they will read extracts from their books and take questions from the audience.

Kerry’s website: kerrydrewery.tumblr.com

Zoe’s: www.zoemarriott.com

Emma’s: www.EmmaPass.com

Kerry is a frequent guest on Siren Radio’s Inspired on Air: check out following post.

Lincoln Book Festival 2014. Earl Spencer, Simon Heffer, etc.


Earl Spencer, MP Chris Bryant and national newspaper columnist Simon Heffer are all among the names to grace the 2014 Lincoln Book Festival.

The Trustees are also delighted to announce that politician, historian, journalist and author Lord Cormack has agreed to become the patron of the Festival.

The Festival, which takes place at The Collection between September 29th and October 4th, will once again take visitors on a fascinating journey through history – from the civil war right up to the swinging sixties.

Each evening, starting at 6.15pm, will have a different theme and most feature two authors. Tickets cost just £10 per event.

Further details at Lincoln Book Festival.

Poems wanted from Lincoln MA writing grads for Siren Radio.

This is a message to all former and current grads of the MA.

I’ve been talking with Alex Lewczuk, founder of Siren Radio, the University’s community radio station, and one of its regular presenters, about getting some creative writing input to the radio.

My initial idea is to invite grads to submit some short pieces of their writing to be recorded for transmission on Siren. Poems fit the bill because they’re short, but there’s no reason we can’t think about longer prose pieces as well. Grads could read the work themselves or we could get someone else to do that for them. We can also consider the idea of having grads talking about their writing.

Recorded material would be preserved as a podcast on Alex’s radio site, Southside Broadcasting (and therefore available for replay on the internet), and you would have the benefit of the podcast as a promotional tool.

If you have any pieces you’d like us to consider, just email it to me at my University email.

More publishing success for Shirley.

One of our grads, Shirley Bell, has a poem in The North 52 AND she is a Poet of the Week on the Poetry Super Highway (Facebook group) – “online during the week of June 23-29… and then forever thereafter on the Past Featured Poets archive section.”!

More about Shirley at her blog.