Robert Graham

Biography

Robert Graham grew up in and around Belfast and has lived for a long time in Manchester. He is married with two children and teaches Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University, Cheshire. His short stories have appeared in a variety of magazines, including Metropolitan, Tandem, and She, and in anthologies such as Northern Stories and Pool. He has also had work broadcast on Radio 4's short story slot.

He is the co-author, with Keith Baty of Elvis - The Novel (The Do-Not Press, 1997). Over a dozen of Robert's plays for youth theatres have been staged, including If You Have Five Seconds To Spare, (about fans of The Smiths) which Contact Theatre, Manchester produced. He is co-author and co-editor of The Road To Somewhere: A Creative Writing Companion (Palgrave, 2005) and at work on How To Write Fiction (And Think About It) which is due to be published by Palgrave in 2006. His first novel, Holy Joe, was published by Troubador in February, 2006.

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Genre

Literary Fiction

Publications & Performance History

Fictional Biography ELVIS - The Novel (with Keith Baty), The Do-Not Press, 1997 Novel Holy Joe, Troubador, February, 2006 Short Stories The Elvis On The Wall (She) 1984 An Object of Desire (BBC Radio 4's Short Story) 1993 The Secret Life of Frank Sinatra (BBC Radio 4's Short Story) 1993 Bathers (BBC Radio 4's Short Story) 1995 Celebrity Blessings (Metropolitan) 1995 Carcasses (Northern Stories Volume 5) 1995 Why Men Play Bowls (Tandem) 1996 Playing Gershwin (Incline Press) 1997 Carcasses (Pool, Liverpool John Moores University / Headland anthology) 2001 Fruit or Vegetable (Pool, Liverpool John Moores University / Headland anthology) 200

Creative Writing Pedagogy The Road To Somewhere: A Creative Writing Companion (A text for Writing tutors and students. Co-edited with Heather Leach (Manchester Metropolitan University) and Helen Newall (Edge Hill) and co-written with Julie Armstrong, Heather Leach, Helen Newall and John Singleton (formerly MMU). Palgrave Macmillan: How To Write Fiction (And Think About It) Palgrave Macmillan, 2006 Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Creative Writing With Dr Heather Leach, MMU Cheshire Continuum, 2007

Theatre Stage Plays for Young People, The Invective Dan Kamikaze (with Keith Baty) Edinburgh Fringe, 1988 If You Have Five Seconds To Spare Contact Theatre, Manchester, 1989 Ferris Bueller's Day Off, School production, script adapted from the film; Manchester, 1989 Stick It In Your Boxfile, School production, Manchester, 1990 Voodoobusters!, Caterpillar, Ivy Cottage Church, Manchester, 1998 The Noah Show, Caterpillar, Moss Side Carnival, Manchester, 1999 I.W.T.P.Y.L.I.S, Caterpillar, Ivy Cottage Church, Manchester, 2000 The Big Fish, Caterpillar, Ivy Cottage Church, Manchester, 2001 Disciples, Caterpillar, Zion Arts Centre, Manchester, 2002 The Dreamer, Caterpillar, Zion Arts Centre, Manchester, 2003 Soul Academy, Caterpillar, Zion Arts Centre, Manchester, 2004 The Amazing Grip, Caterpillar, Zion Arts Centre, Manchester, 2005

Workshop & Reading Experience

Teaching Creative Writing in universities since 1995. Creative Writing Workshops: 1982 Kirkham Open Prison 1988 Blackpool Collegiate High School 1989 Lancashire Schools Library Service at Blackpool Zoo 1991 Lancashire Schools Library Service at Greenhalgh Agricultural College 1991 Salford Schools Library Service (workshops in Eccles and Swinton) 1992 Scriptwriting Workshop, Burnley College (on BTEC Media course) 1992 Writers' Week, Wythenshawe (with Livi Michaels, Paul Abbott, Adele Geras & Lemm Sissay) 1993 Woodlea County Junior School, Broughton, Lancs 1993 St Wilfred's RC Primary School, Longridge, Lancs 1995 Liverpool John Moores University (BA Imaginative Writing programme) 1995 University College of St Martin, Lancaster 1995 Stockport Schools Library Service (workshops in Hazel Grove, Cheadle, Marple, Edgeley) 1995 St Wilfred's R.C. Primary School, Longridge, Lancs 1996 Liverpool John Moores University (BA Imaginative Writing programme) 1997 Burnage High School, Manchester 1998 Whalley Range High School, Manchester Courses 1993-94 Workers Education Association, Rochdale Twenty two-hour sessions on the short story. 1998 Write Fiction. A beginner's writing course, consisting of a month of Saturday workshops at the Lead Station, Chorlton, Manchester. 2004 Brookburn Primary School, Chorlton, Manchester. 2005 Brookburn Primary School, Chorlton, Manchester.

Reference

Professor Allen Fisher Department of Contemporary Arts, MMU Cheshire, Alsager Campus, Hassall Road, Alsager, Cheshire, ST7 2HL

Group size preference

Flexible

Group age preference

16+

Working languages

English

Area prepared to travel

North West

Other information

I'm available for readings in 2006 to promote my novel Holy Joe, and can work with readers'  groups or writers' groups.
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