Acoustic Night May 2009


Lucy English

Lucy English. Novelist and Poet.  Home Page

Lucy English was born in Sri Lanka and grew up in London. She studied English and American Literature at the University of East Anglia, and has an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University.

She has three novels published by Fourth Estate: Selfish People (1998), set in contemporary Bristol; Children of Light (1999); and Our Dancing Days (2000), set in a Suffolk commune in the 1970s.

She is best known as a performance poet, first winning the Bristol Poetry Slam in 1996, and going on to tour worldwide, performing her poetry at many international festivals. Her first poetry collection Prayer to Imperfection was published by Burning Eye books in March 2014.

She co-ordinated the International Conference in the writing and practice of performance poetry at Bath Spa University and since then run the first performance poetry module at a UK university.  In 2006 she was artistic director of Apples and Snakes Poetry Tour, Exposed. In 2007, she was a finalist in the first BBC Radio 4 Poetry Slam.

She has toured Sri Lanka, India, Thailand and Taiwan with the British Council running workshops and performances. She has also run workshops for the Arvon Foundation

In 2010-11 she toured the UK with the acclaimed Arts Council sponsored multi-media poetry show Flash and in 2014-5 toured with Count Me In.

She is one of the organisers of 'MIX', the conferences in digital writing.

She is co-creator of the poetry film organisation  Liberated Words, which curates and screens poetry films.

She is currently studying for a PhD in digital writing creating a digital poetry film project, 'The Book of Hours'