Peter Kalu


Pete Kalu is well known on the North West writing scene and beyond, as a novelist, storyteller, poet, and playwright. He started writing as a member of the Moss Side Write black writers workshop. Recent writing prizes include: Pants, (Winner, BBC/Contact Theatre Dangerous Comedy Award 2003), Hills Trees Green Stuff, (winner, Bradford and Cumbria Playscript competitions 2003), No Trace, (Winner, Black Film Festival Award 2000). He has had five novels published to date, one poetry collection and has visited approx 100 schools in the last five years as a storyteller, as ell as umpteen libraries and youth centres.



Novelist, Storyteller, Poet

Publications & Performance History

#Novels: Yard Dogs (thriller) The X Press 2002 Diary of a househusband (comedy) The X Press 1998 Black Star Rising (scifi) publication date: The X Press June 1998 Professor X ( thriller) published by The X Press , October 1995. Lick Shot ( thriller) published by The X Press , December 1993. #Theatre plays: Hills, Trees, Green Stuff, Cumbria 2004 Pant, Contact Theatre, Manchester 2003 Downfall, performed at Manchester University Theatre, Manchester 1995. Taxi, performed at Manchester Town Hall 1994. #Radio plays: Xango's Challenge broadcast by BBC Radio 3, August 12th 1995 Afrogoth, launched BBC Radio 4's Young Playwrights Festival 1991

Poetry: Mongrel Moon collected works, published by Mongrel Press, November 1996 Poetry also anthologised in KISS Crocus 1994 Burning Words, Flaming Images SAKS Media 1996 and broadcast, postered, exhibited, throughout the UK #Some Qualifications / Prizes / Awards: Poem For Manchester Shortlist

2004 Winner Cumbria Play Programme 2004 Winner, Dangerous Comedy Award 2003 Winner, Bradford International Short Play 2002 Liverpool Black Film Festival Award 2002 New Horizons Award 1995 BBC Young Playwrights Festival 1991

Workshop & Reading Experience

# Airwaves: BBC Radio 3 BBC Television North West BBC Radio GMR Radio Bristol Radio Leeds BBC Business Daily (continues) # Venues: Broadway Media Centre, Nottingham Bradford Mela/Literature Festival, Bradford Harlseden Library, Hackney, London Night & Day Cafe, Manchester Free Trade Hall, Manchester Green Room, Manchester Black Resource Centre, Manchester West Indian Centre Manchester Toxteth Library, Liverpool Mandela Centre, Leeds West Indian Centre, Leeds Henry Moore Gallery, Leeds Salford PumpHouse, Salford Oldham Civic Centre, Oldham Carvaneadab mushaira, Oldham Sadaaca Centre, Sheffield ...(continues: approx 240 since 1996) # Residencies: Guest writer, Arvon Foundation, Lumb Bank 1994 Guest writer, Arvon Foundation, Totleigh Barton, 1995 Manchester Schools Residency (via BAA) 1993 Time Travellers, Roman History In Action, Hull 1992 # Journalism: Leeds West Indian Carnival Magazine 1990 Editor, Black Arts Magazine, Leeds, 19871990



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