Cliff Forshaw is a poet and painter.
Educated by Catholic priests, he left school at sixteen and worked in an abattoir before studying painting at art college and developing an interest in languages and literatures, which he studied sporadically at Warwick, Cambridge and Birkbeck College, London where he took an MA with Distinction in Renaissance Studies.
After working in Spain, Mexico, Italy, Germany, and New York, and freelance writing in London, he completed his doctorate on Renaissance Literature at Oxford. Since then he has lived in Snowdonia, and taught at Bangor, Sheffield, and now Hull University where he is Senior Lecturer in English.
He has been writer-in-residence in France, Romania, Tasmania and California, twice been a Hawthornden Writing Fellow, and won the Welsh Academi John Tripp Award. He has also been invited to read at various literary events in Brussels, Palo Alto, Dublin, Sydney and Suceava (Romania). In 2016 he appeared at the XII International Festival of Poetry in Granada, Nicaragua.
As founder member of the Humber Writers, he has led and contributed poems, drawings and paintings to eight collaborative books and several exhibitions for the Humber Mouth and other literature festivals. He has also made three short films: Drift (Humber Mouth Festival 2008); Under Travelling Skies, which won the first Larkin25 Words Award in 2012; and Slipway, which was commissioned by Wordquake and shown at the Beverley Literature Festival 2013. Other recent book collaborations to which Cliff has contributed poems, paintings and photographs include: Incoming (Humber Mouth Festival 2014); Sketches, Dispatches, Hull Tales and Ballads (Kingston Press / Humber Mouth Festival 2012); Postcards from Hull (Humber Mouth Festival 2011); Hide (Far Ings Nature Reserve / Humber Mouth Festival 2010); Architexts (Humber Mouth Festival 2007).
For free ebooks and film downloads of Cliff's Humber Writers' projects click:
Cliff's latest projects include:
After, a series of elegies and translations, and Hull: Poetry, Place, Paint a series of large paintings of the city accompanied by poems which will form the catalogue for the exhibition.
Hole, a satirical poem / version of Dante's Inferno in three cantos in which Philip Larkin leads us through the Underworld in search of Hull: http://www.thecommononline.org/features/march-2016-poetry-feature
More on Cliff's publications and research can be found on his Hull University English Department staff page which also gives contact details.
Cliff also writes fiction.