Michael Loveday is a fiction writer, poet, book reviewer and tutor. He currently lives in Bath, and works as a freelance tutor of creative writing and literature in Higher Education and in lifelong education.
Michael’s fiction, poetry, and prose poetry is published in journals such as The Spectator, Flash: The International Short-Short Story magazine, The Morning Star, POEM, Funny Bone: Flashing for Comic Relief (Flash: the International Short-Short Story Press), and Lung Jazz: Young British Poets for Oxfam (Cinnamon Press, 2012). He 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. 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. Despite the coincidence of his birthplace, his skills were strangely overlooked by a succession of England football managers, and so at the age of 29, to mask his disappointment, he took up writing. His debut poetry pamphlet ‘He Said / She Said’ was published by HappenStance Press in 2011. Since 2013 he has been working as a tutor in Community and Higher Education, teaching fiction, poetry, life writing and general literature. In 2016 he moved to Bath, and is currently teaching for the St. John’s Foundation (general Creative Writing workshops), Frome Community Education (Literature discussion workshops), and Advanced Studies in England (supervising extended fiction projects for third year undergraduates). His blog of interviews with writers of flash fiction, poetry and prose poetry can be found at pagechatter.org.
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 published prize-winning writers from the UK, Ireland, Europe, and America, including interviews and essays alongside the poems.
Writers Michael admires include Charles Boyle/Jack Robinson, Raymond Carver, Patricia Debney, Graham Greene, Amy Hempel, Selima Hill, Louis Jenkins, Luke Kennard, Katherine Mansfield, Harold Pinter, 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).
He is a Director of the National Association of Writers in Education, and a member of Lapidus, the Writing for Wellbeing Organisation.