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Though I've  always been a writer, I've worked as a postman, mill labourer, nursing auxiliary, gardener, dairy operative and teacher in schools, FE colleges and prisons. Later, when teaching at Lancaster University, I established the Centre for Transcultural Writing and Research, creating links between the UK and other countries.

​My first collection of poems, A Country on Fire, won a major Eric Gregory Award. I've been awarded the  Bridport Prize for short fiction and the Edge Hill Prize for my first book of stories, Touch, as well as winning prizes in a number of poetry and short fiction competitions.

​International literature development projects include the British Council-funded Crossing Borders and Radiophonics programmes, which helped to create opportunities in writing, publication and broadcasting for African Writers in Uganda, Ghana, Malawi, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
I helped to design and implement Many Women, Many Words, a project in Kurdistan that recorded the experiences of older women who survived Saddam Hussein's campaign of genocide against the Kurds. I was awarded a Leverhulme International Fellowship to develop the Taking Liberties project in South Africa, which explored notions of personal, cultural and political freedom. Visit CTWR to follow links to those projects.

I've been fortunate to work on many writing and arts projects throughout the UK, tutoring on Arvon Foundation and Taliesin Trust courses. My writing residencies, include the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, the Times Educational Supplement and the Creative Scientist project in Shropshire schools.  I’ve performed my work across the UK, in South Africa, Uganda, Vietnam and China. 

Available for readings and workshops at literary festivals and other events. Email me on the link below for availability.

"Like much of Graham Mort’s previous work, the new poems in Black Shiver Moss travel: across the world, through history, through landscapes. A number are prominently rooted in South Africa while others roam through the north of England and Europe. It’s a book of great energy."


"Graham Mort is a deeply committed poet."
                                           Edinburgh Review

"Graham Mort’s eighth collection Cusp is a rich, visceral tour-de-force that rides the cusps of life and death, animal and human, love and hate, winter and spring with the ambition and craft of someone engraving a razor’s edge."  
                                           River Wolton, The North

"Like Fado" is easily up there with the best collections I've read this year (actually, in a long time), it's fab.
                                             Joe Bedford, writer 

"'Samara' is a very beautiful suite of poems and illustrations, which takes as its central theme a vision of a steroidally-enhanced landscape, as though casting the reader into a familiar yet fundamentally separate world of titanic exposure and elemental mystery."                                     
                                           Steve Whittaker, Yorkshire Post


"I chose ‘The Prince’… because the writing is word-perfect… with the story quietly remarking on how something out of the ordinary both does and doesn't affect daily life. In particular, I was enchanted by deft descriptions of nature…"
                                                                  Novelist and Bridport judge Tracy Chevalier

"Sublime. Beautifully written stories that really get under the skin. I still think about the characters as though they're real, wondering about their lives."                                  
Review, Amazon

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