Michael Loveday is a writer and writing facilitator. He currently lives in Bath, and works with writers one-to-one as a freelance editor / mentor and as a tutor of creative writing in Higher Education. An informal, abbreviated summary of Michael’s journey to becoming a writer can be found here.
Michael was shortlisted for the 2019 Saboteur Best Novella Award for his hybrid novella-in-flash Three Men on the Edge (V. Press, 2018). He has been winner, runner-up, shortlisted and longlisted in several other major writing competitions. Please 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.
Michael was judge of the 2019 and 2020 editions of the Bath Novella-in-Flash Award. 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, several literary festivals including the UK Flash Fiction Festival, and has taught as a Specialist Visiting Lecturer at Bath Spa University.
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, where he is Chair of the Community Writers Sub-Committee.
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 poets from all over the world alongside interviews and craft essays. It won an Enterprising Business Award from Kingston University in 2011.
He is available for readings at events around the UK, and holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Creative Writing from Newcastle University (distinction) and a Master of Arts in Writing from Kingston University (distinction).