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BBC Commission

BBC Commission

Ian is working on a new poem and short film in collaboration with Ascension Dance Company to debut at the BBC’s Contains Strong Language Festival in September. He has also been appointed a festival poet at Contains Strong Language which this year will take place in Coventry, UK City of Culture 2021. View short film Continue Reading

Sylvia Plath book

Sylvia Plath book

Ian has won an Arts Council England Lottery Funded Project Grant to produce an anthology of poems and essays in response to the legacy of Sylvia Plath. He will co-edit the book with fellow Hebden Bridge poet Sarah Corbett. Continue Reading

Why I Write Poetry

Why I Write Poetry

Ian is the editor of Why I Write Poetry: Essays on Becoming a Poet, Keeping Going and Advice for the Writing Life – fourth in the best-selling series of creative writing handbooks from Nine Arches Press.

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Butcher’s Dog 15

Butcher’s Dog 15

Ian co-edited issue 15 of Butcher’s Dog alongside Jo Clement. Together they whittled down almost 3000 anonymous submissions to choose 23 poems for publication in the magazine, which will be launched in June, 2021.

Russian translation

Russian translation

Two poems from Zebra have been selected and translated by poet and critic Dmitry Kuzmin for inclusion in Russia’s first anthology of AIDS and HIV related poetry. Featured poets include Thom Gunn, Derek Jarman and Danez Smith.

In 2019, Ian was invited to guest edit Issue 12 of renowned poetry journal, Butcher’s Dog, alongside managing editor Jo Clement.

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Zebra

Zebra

Published in spring 2019, Zebra went to a second print run just eight weeks after its launch. The Yorkshire Times said of the book, ‘In all of its magnificent bounty Zebra must be one of the poetry collections of 2019.’

First Book Coming Soon

First Book Coming Soon

Ian’s debut full-length collection of poetry, Zebra, is forthcoming from Nine Arches Press in April 2019.

Highly Commended in the Forward Prizes

Highly Commended in the Forward Prizes

‘Return of the discotheque dancers’, a celebration of lives lost to AIDS in the early years of the disease, was Highly Commended in the Forward Prizes for Poetry 2018.

Readings

Readings

“Our headliner Ian Humphreys being absolutely brilliant…”

– Bad Language on Twitter (August 31, 2017)

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– Christina Patterson, The Guardian

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– Mona Arshi

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