John Siddique has been referred to as the ideal poet for
twenty-first century Britain. Straddling the contemporary from an
Anglo, Irish, and Indian heritage - his writing is direct and human,
reflecting the world and people of today. His work has been
compared to that of Philip Larkin and ee cummings, yet his voice is
uniquely his own, drawing on the whole tradition of poetry and often
creating and working in a range of seemingly un-poetic places.
He has worked
in prisons, schools, and hospitals, and is involved in promoting
regeneration and renaissance through the creation of public art. He was
recently commissioned by the seaside town of
Blackpool to create a poem that will be permanently installed by the sea. His current
commission is from Lancaster University to create a series of
portraiture poems exploring the immigrant experience in Manchester.
John has published three collections of poetry: The Prize (Rialto, 2005),
Don't Wear it on Your Head, Don't Stick it Down Your Pants: Poems for Young People
(Peepal, 2007), and Poems from a Northern Soul (Crocus 2007).
He has written a short play for Radio 3's 'Freethinking'
Festival, and co-authored a collection of short stories. His new
book 'RECITAL - An Almanac' will be published by SALT in
April 2009. He is well known for his captivating readings, and his
ability to communicate with all types of audiences opening up the
world of poetry and language. He often works with the Arvon
Foundation, British Council, The Poetry Society, and The Poetry
School and has been a visiting lecturer at Vienna and Manchester
Find out more about John Siddique by visiting the
John Siddique's website:
Council's UK Writer-in-Residence Program
For more information, call the Cal State L.A. English Department at (323) 343-4140.
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John Siddique's visit to CSULA as the
British Council UK Writer-in-Residence is made possible
by the CSULA Center for Contemporary Poetry and Poetics,
the Department of English, the College of Arts and
Letters, the National Endowment for the Arts, and through the additional support of the British
Office: E & T A613
Tuesday, May 26, 2-5pm
Tuesday, June 2, 1-3pm
Tuesday, June 9, 1-3pm
Tuesday, May 19, 3:15-5:15pm, Seminar Room,
English Department (E&T A631) (map)
— Open workshop
Thursday, May 21, 6:30pm, Arena
Theatre, Music Building (map)
—Book launch for Recital: an almanac
and poetry reading open to the public, free of charge.
Book signing will follow. John's books will be available
for sale and autographing at the reading, and before the
reading in the University Bookstore.
Thursday, May 28, 3:15-5:15pm, Poetry Center,
King Hall, Room D4050 — Open workshop