Mal Dewhirst

2012-2013: Mal Dewhirst was appointed first Staffordshire Poet Laureate in 2012. He is a writer and film maker who lives in Tamworth. Mal will be supporting and mentoring the newly appointed poets.

His plays have been performed across the Midlands, including The Fell Walker in Tamworth and At the Crossroads at the Garrick in Lichfield, which was commissioned by the Lichfield Mysteries.

Mal has been poet in residence in a town market and an archaeological dig, his work has been published in many magazines and journals and also appeared on BBC Radio and Radio Wildfire.

He is also responsible for the Polesworth Poets Trail. Mal is a regular reader on the Midlands poetry scene and was part of the Coventry Cork Literature exchange in 2011, performing readings in Cork City and Limerick. As a film director Mal’s film Double Booked was shown at the Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival in Ireland in 2014.

His thoughts for the future is to continue to bring ground breaking writing to new audiences, always seeking to redefine boundaries, Mal also wants to develop and improvise new work as collaborations with other artists and performers in unexpected places as a melding of ideas, skills and talents.

You can go to Mal’s website for more updates and information here.

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Main Commissions

Colin Grazier Enigma – Poetry Theatre Commissioned by Tamworth Borough Council Arts Promenade Theatre on the Streets in Tamworth. – 30th October 2012.

Thinking Staffordshire – Poem

Commissioned by Stafford County Council Libraries, Arts and Tourism

Quadrophenia – Poetry Script

Commissioned by Tamworth Repertory Company.

Performed on at The Assembly Rooms Tamworth – 24th/25th May 2013

’23’: Poetry Sound Sculpture in Stafford Court Room at Shire Hall Gallery

Commissioned by Staffordshire County Council Arts and Archives.

Recorded at the Court Room. – to be installed w/c 6th January 2014.

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Additional Commissions

  • Tamworth Library 40th Anniversary – Workshop and Poems
  • Stafford 1100 – Exhibition and Poem
  • Home Made Poem – Poetry on Loan
  • Entrust Reading Conference – Workshop, Reading and Poem
  • Lichfield History Month – Two Workshops and Poems
  • Tamworth 1100 – Two Workshops and Poems.
  • St Domincs Literary Festival – Reading/ Hosting Carol Ann Duffy.
  • THE FIZZ at Stafford Arts Festival – Organising, hosting and reading.
  • Judge for The Campbell Burns Metabolic Trust Poetry Competition 2013.
  • Workshop for the Young Poet Laureate candidates.
  • Judge for Writing Instrument Association – Poetry Handwriting Competition,
  • Schools Workshops Landau Forte, Lichfield Cathedral School, Burntwood and Lichfield Primary schools.

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Sustainable Event

Lichfield – Sainte-Foy-Lès-Lyon Literature Exchange – with the Lichfield Poets.

Still in progess.

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Readings and Appearances

Spoken Worlds Burton – Poetry Alight Lichfield – Unity in the Community Wednesbury – Night Blue Fruit Coventry – Lichfield Fuse Festival – St Dominics Literary Festival Brewood – Entrust Reading Conference Stafford – The Fizz at Stafford Arts Festival – Lichfield Library – Glascote Library Tamworth – Community Cafe’s Tamworth – Rising Brook Library Stafford – Burntwood Library – Lichfield Cathedral School – Landau Forte Acadamy, Derby

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