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 and literature in Higher Education and in community 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. 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.
In 2016 he moved to Bath, and is currently teaching for the St. John’s Foundation (general Creative Writing workshops), and Advanced Studies in England (supervising extended fiction projects for third year undergraduates). He has also launched a new one-to-one course (by email) 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 again in 2020. He is judge of the 2019 Hastings LitFest Flash Fiction competition and was judge of the inaugural Tongues and Grooves Prose Poem Prize 2018.
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 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).
He is a Director of the National Association of Writers in Education, and a member of Lapidus, the Writing for Wellbeing Organisation.