Steven Waling

Steven Waling


An internationally-published poet, reviewer and experienced tutor of creative writing, including and innovative African writer-mentoring programme (Crossing Borders). I was born in Accrington in 1958 and now live in Manchester.




Poetry, Reviewing


Publications & Performance History

# Poetry: Calling Myself On the Phone (Smith/Doorstop, 2003) No-Mans�s Land (with Jean Sprackland) (Lowry Art Gallery 2002) Mee-Mawing (Tarantula 1996) Poems published in many periodicals including: Scratch, Stand, Metre, The North, Verse (US), Moosehead (Canada), The Independent, Other Poetry, Smiths Knoll, Staple, # Anthologies: Not in So Many Words (poem with commentary) Smith/Doorstop 2005 Film: Desire Paths 2001 (first shown Cornerhouse) # Performances/Readings: Various venues including Manchester City Art Gallery, British Council Johannesbury, in Prague, Oxford, Lancaster and many others. I can read in both performance venues and more formal reading venues.

Workshop & Reading Experience

I have taught creative writing to adults for the past 15 years, primarily at Bury Adult & Community Learning. I am currently a writing mentor with the Crossing Borders project run by the British Council and Lancaster university, mentoring new African writers through e-mail workshops. I have run workshops/courses for various organisations, including drug rehabilation centres (Turning Points), for the homeless (the Booth Centre) and writing groups throughout the North-West and beyond. This year (2005) I ran a series of workshops for writers in South Africa and Botswana for the British Council. As part of this, I organised a reading of African writers from Crossing Borders; and I have previous experience of running and compering performance events.


Peter Sansom c/o The Poetry Business, The Studio, Byram Arcade, Westgate, HD1 1ND Sarah Maitland (Crossing Borders Mentor Coordinator) 2 Weatherhill, Stanhope, Co. Durham, DL13 2E)

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Area prepared to travel

Anywhere in England