Michael Loveday is a writer, editor, and coach for writers and artists. He currently lives in Bath, and works with clients one-to-one as a freelance editor/coach 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). His second flash fiction collection (a manuscript-in-progress) was longlisted for the University of East Anglia’s New Forms Award (2019). His craft guide to the novella-in-flash form is forthcoming from AdHoc Fiction later this year. 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 has acted as judge for a number of writing competitions, including the 2019 and 2020 editions of the Bath Novella-in-Flash Award, the 2019 Hastings LitFest Flash Fiction competition and the inaugural Tongues and Grooves Prose Poem Prize 2018.
Between 2011 and 2019 as a workshop facilitator he 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, and several literary festivals including the UK Flash Fiction Festival.
Since 2019 Michael’s main work has been to support clients one-to-one as an editor and creativity coach. For the last three years he has also taught a workshop on story-writing 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/Trustee of the National Association of Writers in Education since February 2017.
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 holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Creative Writing from Newcastle University (distinction) and a Master of Arts in Writing from Kingston University (distinction).