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Deborah Tyler-Bennett has authored seven poetry collections, and three linked short-story volumes. Works appear in journals, anthologies, websites, and chapbooks. Performer of poems and stories, she also facilitates workshops in schools, colleges, museums, and galleries – with writers of all ages. In 2001 she won the Hugh MacDiarmid Trophy at The Scottish International Open Poetry Competition, later winning the competition’s Long Poem category.
Poetry publications include Mr Bowlly Regrets (King’s England, 2017), and Napoleon Solo Biscuits (King’s England, 2015). Newly-anthologised poems are in Ten Poems About Nottingham (Candlestick Press, 2016), and Strike Up the Band (Plas Gwyn Books, 2017). Poems from gallery and museum work (including the National Gallery for New York University, the Wellcome Collection and Leicester Record Office’s Anti-Slavery Collection) and a residency for Keats House – can be found in Friendships’ Scrapbook (Leicester University Centre for New Writing, 2016), Revudeville (King’s England, 2011) and Kinda Keats (Shoestring, 2013). Pavilion (Smokestack, 2010) resulted in her being resident writer for Sussex Day at Brighton Pavilion.
Translated poems and works appeared in Spain, Ireland, America, Scotland, Austria, and Romania (on Radio Bucharest), she’s performed in Belgium, and at the Callander Poetry Weekend (Scotland).
A regular poetry reviewer, she’s written creative-writing books and education packs, co-authoring the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Creative Writing Web-pages*. Poems are anthologised in Double Bill (Red Squirrel, 2014), Maps and Legends (Nine Arches, 2013), and elsewhere. For fifteen years, she edited Coffee House magazine.
The title poem from her first collection, Clark Gable in Mansfield (King’s England 2003) appeared in Chrystopher J. Spicer’s Clark Gable in Pictures (McFarland Books, 2011).
Three collections of stories set in variety from the 1940s-1960s, which may be read as a series of short stories, as separate collections, or as three parts of one story, culminated in Brand New Beat (King’s England, 2017) – “Imagine The Royle Family but set in a music hall environment” (review, Left Lion magazine). She’s working on her first novel. A visual artist – she has pictures published in Bard and Hearing Voices.
Deborah Tyler-Bennett publication list (pdf file)
* see poem Little Song