27th June 2005




A well known Lincolnshire author has been made a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the University of Lincoln.


Michael Blackburn will take up his position at the Brayford Pool campus in September for one year to foster good practice among students through one-to-one coaching.


His appointment comes after a successful application by the university’s Faculty of Media and Humanities to the Royal Literary Fund which appoints fellows in partnership with British universities and colleges.


Michael Blackburn’s poems, articles and stories have been appearing in print since 1978. He has been published in The Guardian and The Independent and has two book-length collections of poetry to his name.


His work has been featured in many  anthologies, including the  Forward Book Of Poetry 1993, and the best-selling Bloodaxe collection, Being Alive (2004).


His poems have won places in various competitions, including the prestigious Exeter Poetry Prize and The Yorkshire Open Poetry Competition.


Michael has been an active editor and publisher since the 1970s, editing Stand Magazine and two influential imprints of his own - Jackson’s Arm Poetry Press (1985) and Sunk Island Publishing (1989).


He moved to Lincolnshire in 1988 to become the county’s first Literature Development Worker, and over the next ten years he organised hundreds of readings, talks and workshops.


The position of Royal Literary Fund Fellow supplements the work currently being done by the tutor based at the university’s Writing Centre.


The Royal Literary Fund has been helping authors since it was set up in 1790. It is funded by bequests and donations from writers who wish to help other writers. Its committee members come from all walks of literary life and include novelists, biographers, poets, publishers, lawyers and agents.


For more information contact:

Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

01522 886042                         jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk