Cliff Forshaw

January 9, 2013
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Cliff Forshaw is an English poet and painter. He did a variety of jobs in Spain, Mexico, Germany and New York, and was a freelance writer in London, before taking a doctorate in Renaissance literature at Oxford. He now lives in Hull, UK, where he teaches at the university. He has been a writer-in-residence in France, Tasmania and Romania; a Djerassi resident artist in California; twice a Hawthornden Writing Fellow in Scotland; and winner of the Welsh Academi John Tripp Award. His latest collection Pilgrim Tongues (Wrecking Ball Press, 2015) evolved from travels in Vietnam, Israel, and Romania. Recent books include Trans (The Collective Press, Wales, 2005), which concludes with an updating of Ovid’s Metamorphoses, and Vandemonian (Arc, 2013) which pieces together a fragmentary history of Tasmania. Cliff’s current painting project is a series of large Hull cityscapes; he has also made several short films focusing on Hull and the Yorkshire coast. Cliff read his poems, together with his own translations into Spanish, at the Festival Internacional de Poesía de Granada in Nicaragua, in February 2016, the largest event of its kind in the world.

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