Michael Loveday is an editor, tutor, fiction writer, poet, and book reviewer. He currently lives in Bath, and works as a freelance editor and tutor of creative writing in Higher Education.
Michael was winner of the Retreat West Flash Fiction prize in Summer 2018, and has been runner-up, shortlisted and longlisted in several other major writing competitions, including being shortlisted for the 2019 Saboteur Best Novella Award for his novella-in-flash Three Men on the Edge. Click the following links for examples of his fiction and poetry.
Michael was born in Wembley and moved to the Northwest edge of London at the age of eight, where he lived for most of the first 40 years of his life. At the age of 29, he took up writing. His debut poetry pamphlet ‘He Said / She Said’ was published by HappenStance Press in 2011.
In 2016 he moved to Bath, and is currently teaching for Advanced Studies in England (supervising extended fiction projects for third year undergraduates). He also works with writers one-to-one and teaches an online course for the novella-in-flash: https://novella-in-flash.com
Michael was judge of the 2019 Bath Novella-in-Flash Award, and will be judging the competition again in 2020. He judged the 2019 Hastings LitFest Flash Fiction competition and the inaugural Tongues and Grooves Prose Poem Prize 2018.
Since 2011 as a workshop facilitator he has taught over 700 workshops for 15 different charities and educational organisations in lifelong learning and Higher Education. He has facilitated workshops at the Annual Conference for the National Association of Writers in Education (2016, 2017, 2018), the UK Flash Fiction Festival (2017, 2018, 2019), the Hastings Literary Festival (2018) and Malmesbury Festival (2019). He will be teaching again at the N.A.W.E. Conference in November 2019.
He has a PTLLS City & Guilds teaching certificate (West Herts College, 2014), and completed the Institute of Education’s Facilitator Development training programme in 2018. He has been a Director of the National Association of Writers in Education since February 2017.
As of 2019 Michael is primarily working as an editor and mentor – see here.
From 2004 – 2012 he was editor-publisher of 14 magazine, an unusual, illustrated magazine devoted to poems of fourteen lines – sonnets, ghost-sonnets and stranger brews – which he co-edited for all of its fourteen issues. 14 magazine published prize-winning writers from the UK, Ireland, Europe, and America, including interviews and essays alongside the poems. It won an Enterprising Business Award from Kingston University in 2011.
Writers Michael admires include James Baldwin, Charles Boyle/Jack Robinson, Italo Calvino, Raymond Carver, Sandra Cisneros, Patricia Debney, Emily Dickinson, Michael Donaghy, Graham Greene, Amy Hempel, Selima Hill, Tove Jansson, Louis Jenkins, Luke Kennard, Katherine Mansfield, Mary Oliver, Max Porter, W.G. Sebald, Rebecca Solnit, Matthew Sweeney, and R.S. Thomas.
Other artists whose work he finds inspirational are the Coen Brothers, Werner Herzog, Orson Welles, P.J. Harvey, The National, and Magritte.
He is available for readings at events around the U.K., and holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Creative Writing from Newcastle University (distinction) and a Master of Arts in Writing from Kingston University (distinction).