John Siddique


John Siddique is a powerful, arresting and provocative new poetic voice, on the page, and off it. He writes with a rare combination of directness, ease, and authority and transports his audience through a gallery of moods and registers in just as wide a range of forms. His work is visceral, sensuous, searing, playful, and deeply moving. Gavin Wallace - Head of Literature, Scottish Arts Council John's poems have appeared in acclaimed anthologies such as: The Fire People, VELOCITY - The best of Apples & Snakes, The British Anthology of South Asian Poetry, Kiss, & many others, in magazines such as The North, Rialto, Fire, FLUX, as well as in his own chapbooks The Devil's Lunchbox, and UMMA. He has performed at festivals all over the country, and on Radio 4, Radio 2, Granada Television, BBC Television & Radio. His poem Variola received a nomination for best single poem in this year's Forward Prize, and his first full collection of poetry will be published by Rialto early in 2005. As a flexible and innovative team player, John is a popular choice as Writer in Residence and has held such posts at The Lowry and the Ledbury Festival (Young people's programme), and Wetherby Prison, which won two Koestler Awards for his work during his time there. The Prime Minister has recently commended John for his radical and innovative work with young people. John was Poet in Residence at 2004's year's Ilkley Literature Festival.



Poetry, Short Fiction, Readings, Workshops, Residencies

Publications & Performance History

#Collections/Chapbooks: The Prize Rialto Forthcoming UMMA Mongrel Press Jan 2002 Mine (as editor) M6/Mersey Basin Trust Mar 2001 A collection of children's poems/ The Devil's Lunchbox Mongrel Press Nov 1996 #Anthologies: Other people's children Not in so many words Forthcoming Smith/Doorstop Helping Out MASALA - MacMillan Feb 2005 A Picture of my father FourFathers Jan 2005 ROUTE Are? Is? Do? Celebrating Me! - Mid Pennine Arts May 2004 The Prize, Family Kin - renaissance one April 2004 Pins & Needles VELOCITY - Apples & Snakes Nov 2003 Hillside Transformation Peace Poems - Crocus Books Mar 2003 Perfume, Neckgrip Redbeck Anthology of British South May 2000 Blues for Ambedkar Asian Poetry Arms, Radiation Gargoyle42 - Black Spring Press Jun 1999 Neckgrip, Thoughts #1 The Fire People - Payback Press Oct 1998 Blues for Ambedkar Nailing Colours - Crocus books Nov 1997 Infinity Manchester Poetry Festival Nov 1996 Poetry slam anthology - AK press Watcher Body Ornament Oct 1996 All stripped down anthology Saw you from the sky (North West Arts Board) Perfume Kiss Feb 1994 The kissing ritual Crocus Books A time in the south Pacific no. 7 Piano, drums and Seawater TOK (Born) Oct 1993 John has read and performed a great deal over the last 5 years, please see his website for upcoming and past readings and shows

Workshop & Reading Experience

# Festival Appearances: Off the Shelf - Sheffield Lit Festival 2004 Bradford Book Festival/Refugee Week 2004 Ledbury Poetry Festival 1999 & 2003 Manchester Poetry Festival 1997 Bradford Mela 1994 # Residencies: Ilkley Literature Festival as Poet in Residence 2004 Oldham Hospital - Psychiatric Dept as Writer in Residence 2004 HMYOI Wetherby as Writer in Residence 2000 - 03 Ledbury Poetry Festival as Writer in Residence for Young People 2000 - 03 The LOWRY as Poet in residence 2000 - 01 Prestwich NHS Trust as Poet in Residence 2000 John has led hundreds of workshops all over the country for both young people and adults. Please see his website for a full CV, and information about the type of work he can do.


Jane Stubbs. ACE, Yorkshire. 21 Bond Street, Dewsbury Rachel Feldberg. Ilkley Literature Festival. 2 The Manor House, Ilkley

Group size preference

16/class size

Group age preference

7 and upwards

Working languages


Area prepared to travel

anywhere in UK

Other information

I am represented by Melanie Abrahams at renaissance one. To make an enquiry, book a reading, performance or workshop contact: Renaissance one Unit 6 Container Futures, 44 Gillender Street, London E14 6RP Telephone/Fax: 020 7987 3111 or 07956 110330 General Email and enquiries
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