David Hart, born in Aberystwyth, Wales, has lived most of his life in Birmingham, where he has worked as a University Chaplain, drama critic, and arts administrator. After becoming a full time writer, he was Birmingham Poet Laureate 1997-8 and in 1998 published his first full volume of poetry, Setting the poem to words. His book-length poem Crag Inspector: a poem of Bardsey Island followed in 2002 and in 2006 the diverse collection, Running out. Residencies have included South Birmingham Mental Health, Heartlands Hospital, the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival and Worcester Cathedral, where he set up quarterly open poetry workshops and led them for the next eight years. Commissions have included the Royal Mail, Symphony Hall Birmingham, the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and Hereford Cathedral. A widely published magazine and anthology poet and National Poetry Competition winner, he has held part time teaching posts in poetry at Warwick and Birmingham Universities, and tutored for the Arvon Foundation, The Poetry Trust and Ty Newydd.
"David Hart's ambition reminds us of what poetry's real function is, and that nothing less rigorous will do." Gwyneth Lewis
"This is serious and approachable poetry…There's silence among the words, as an important presence, for without being in the least stingy or minimalist in language, David Hart has a strongly-developed faculty for recognising what doesn't matter." Roy Fisher
"…it's a poetry that challenges you to look deep into your own humanity, to test what you find out. Glimpses of the heart's awfulness are vouchsafed, along with much delight and laughter." Wendy Mulford
"....., a shape-shifter." Les Murray
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