"One of the greatest pleasures of my working life continues to be the Manchester Writing School at MMU - a department with a real sense of family, achievement and celebration, and an ethos of nurturing and innovation."

Professional Poet
Poet Laureate (2009 - present)

Honorary Doctorates:

• University of Dundee
• University of Hull
• University of Warwick


• DBE, 2015• Costa Poetry Award (for The Bees), 2012 • ​T. S. Eliot Prize (for Rapture), 2005 • CBE, 2001 • Signal Poetry Award (for Stopping for Death), 1997 • OBE, 1995 • Lannan Literary Award (Poetry), 1995• Whitbread Poetry Award (for Mean Time), 1993• Scottish Arts Council Book Award (for Mean Time), 1993• Forward Poetry Prize: Best Poetry Collection of the Year (for Mean Time), 1993 • Cholmondeley Award, 1993• Scottish Arts Council Book Award (for The Other Country), 1990• Dylan Thomas Award, 1989• Somerset Maugham Award (for Selling Manhattan), 1988 • Eric Gregory Award, 1984• National Poetry Competition (for ‘Whoever She Was’), 1986 • C. Day Lewis Fellowship, 1982


• Poet Laureate (2009 - present)
• Ambit: Poetry Editor 
• Arts Council Awards: Judge 
• Manchester Poetry Prize: Head Judge 
• Society of Authors: Panel Member 
• Poetry Society: Vice President

Read my full academic profile on the Department of English at MMU website.

Published Work