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John Siddique will be the British Council UK Writer-in-Residence at CSULA from Monday, May 18 to Friday, June 12, 2009. During his residence, John will work with creative writing students and offer poetry readings for faculty and students. More up-to-date information will be posted as it becomes available. Please check his schedule of events in the box below. Image of John Siddique

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.

Image of John Siddique 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 Metropolitan Universities.

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British 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 Council.

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John Siddique at CSULA
Office: E & T A613
Telephone: 323-343-4289

Office Hours
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