Charles Bennett is a highly-regarded, prize-winning poet whose work has been published to wide acclaim in the UK, Europe and America. He was born near Manchester and was a mature student at London University and the University of Massachusetts, where he was mentored by Joseph Brodsky. Following the completion of a doctorate on Seamus Heaney, he was Director of Ledbury Poetry Festival for seven years. He is currently Senior Lecturer at the University of Northampton, where he leads the BA in Creative Writing.

Charles has given hundreds of readings and workshops for literary societies across the UK, and has also appeared at major literature and poetry festivals, including the Guardian Hay Festival, Stanza Poetry Festival at St. Andrews, Havant Literary Festival and the major poetry festivals at Kings Lynne and Essex. Since stepping down as Director of Ledbury Poetry Festival, he’s also been invited back on a number of occasions to read from his new collections. He’s also read his work in America (at University of California) and at a poetry festival in Vienna, where his work was translated into German and Spanish.

As well as being available to give readings and workshops, Charles is able to offer talks on a number of poetry-related subjects, including those focused around specific areas of interest. For example, his collection 365 Apples features a series of poems commissioned by the Arts Council for a poetry trail in a Herefordshire orchard. Featuring woodcut illustrations by Norfolk Artist Dianne Byford, the story of these poems and the orchard they grew in is a popular and accessible poetry event (and goes down well with a glass of cider). In addition, Charles can also offer a talk about his work with choral composer Bob Chilcott, illustrated with readings, in which the collaboration and interplay between music and poetry is explored.

Charles is also available to judge poetry competitions – having had recent experience with Northamptonshire Writers, Mere Literary Festival and Havant Literary Festival.

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