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Deborah Tyler-Bennett
went to Sutton Centre Comprehensive School. Her first collection was Clark Gable in Mansfield (King’s England, 2003).
Over four hundred poems and short fictions have been published in anthologies, reviews, and journals in the UK and internationally, including: Speaking English: Poems for John Lucas (Five Leaves), Poetry: The Nottingham Collection (Five Leaves), The White Car (Ragged Raven), A Cornish Assembly (Boho Press), Her Mind’s Eye (Pyramid Press), and The Contemporary Review of Poetry (Bluechrome). A programme on her work was broadcast on Radio Romania Cultural (June 29, 2008) and a translated work (in a programme with John Mole and Carol Rumens), on the same channel in 2009 (17 March), translations of seven poems will appear in the Romanian journal, The International Notebook of Poetry (2009), and ‘Clark Gable in Mansfield’ appeared in the bi-lingual volume And The Story Isn’t Over … (Poetry PF, 2009), this poem was also recently translated by MA students at the University of Bucharest, appearing on the website, Translation Café. Selected poems appear in Take Five edited by John Lucas (Shoestring, 2003). With Gillian Spraggs she’s co-author of the Victoria and Albert Museum’s creative writing web-package (

She also co-wrote a book on creative writing in schools with Mark Goodwin, with whom (amongst others) she’s edited the educational pack: Words and Things (2008). She’s edited an anthology of poems and fiction for reading aloud: Speaking Words (Crystal Clear, 2005), and has written a creative pack to accompany Nottingham Museum Services’ 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s Resource Box. Another finished project is a resource on the School Days collection for Leicester City Museums, and ESOL. She was also commissioned to write a poem and prose piece for display at Material Evidence: Sculpture from the Arts Council, Lincoln, The Collection, Oct 25th-Jan 11th, 2008. She worked with textile artist, Ruth Singer, on the Art Box project for Leicestershire’s Open Museums’ Artworks Collection, commissioned poems for which appear in her schools’ pilot collection The Ballad of Epping and Other Poems (Leics: LCC Educational Pilot, 2008). An exhibition with visual artist Lora Redman, An Occasional Man, was recently displayed at Market Harborough Museum (April 30-28 June, 2007) as part of the Write Muse project linking artists and writers. She regularly performs her poetry, as well as doing writing workshops in schools, colleges, bars, art galleries, and museums (these sometimes reflecting ideas inspired by vintage fashion, which she collects and often wears).
Recent readings, mentoring schemes, and workshops include venues such as the Science Museum (see poems at, state schools at Eton College, The University of Ghent, Bilston Craft Gallery, Leicester’s City Gallery (using the Nicola Malkin Exhibition), The Callander Poetry Weekend, Nottinghamshire Museums, The Flying Goose, Beeston (with Matthew Sweeney), and the National Gallery (for New York University). Her poems have won many awards including The Hugh MacDiarmid Trophy and in 2007 she was runner-up for The Poets’ Poet Award. She’s edited the journal, The Coffee House, for ten years.
Her second collection, Pavilion, with sequences set in Brighton and on dandies is forthcoming in 2010 from Smokestack. Her illustrative work has also begun to be published. She’s working on a volume of sonnets on Beau Brummell. Web-pages can be found at:



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