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John Birtwhistle

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  • John Birtwhistle was born in 1946. His poetry has been recognized by an Eric Gregory Award, an Arts Council bursary, an Arts Council creative writing fellowship (1976–77, renewed for 1977–78), a writing fellowship at the University of Southampton (1978–80) and a Poetry Book Society Recommendation for Our Worst Suspicions (1985). He has had three concert libretti set and performed; of these, David Blake’s The Plumber’s Gift was staged by English National Opera and broadcast on Radio 3. From 1980, he was a Lecturer in English at the University of York before deciding to concentrate on bringing up his children. Since 1992 he has lived in Sheffield with his wife, son and daughter.

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