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University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool
United Kingdom

About Michael Blackburn

Michael is a well-established poet and writer, with many years’ experience in publishing, tutoring and literature promotion. He is a former editor on Stand Magazine; founder-editor of Sunk Island Publishing; first Literature Animateur (Literature Development Officer) for Lincolnshire (1988 - 1993); Writer in Residence on the Internet (c/o Channel and Arts Council, 1995) and Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Lincoln University, 2005 - 2008. Since 1984 he has had over a dozen titles published. He is a columnist for the online magazine, The Fortnightly Review, and is a regular on Siren Radio’s Inspired On Air programme. His personal archive is now housed in the Special Collections at Leeds University Library.

Department Responsibilities

First Year: Introduction to Literary Studies (Coordinator); Early Victorian Literature; Late Victorian and Edwardian Literature. Third Year: supervisor, Independent Study creative writing dissertations. MA Creative Writing: tutor and module coordinator (Poetry, Life Writing, and Production and Publication); contributor to MA 21st Century Literature. Director of The Writing Centre. Manager of social media for English. English Admissions Tutor.

Subject Specialism

Poetry. Intermedia. The works of Ken Smith.


  • MA English Literature — University of Leeds, 1977
  • BA English Literature — University of Leeds, 1976


  • Arts Council Writing Bursary — 2004
  • Arts Council Writing Bursary — 1996


External Examiner, English and Creative Writing, Swansea University, 2014 - present. External Examiner, Leeds Trinity University, 2017 - present.

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