Nottingham, Northamptonshire

Writer Biography

C. J. Allen’s poetry has appeared in a wide range of magazines & anthologies in the UK, USA, Ireland & elsewhere – everything from Poetry Review to Modern Painters & several points in-between – & has been broadcast on BBC Radios 3 & 4, & (to his slight embarrassment) various local radio stations. His work has been awarded prizes in a number of competitions, including the Arvon, Ilkely, Yorkshire, Winchester, Ver Poets, Nottingham Open & Kent & Sussex, amongst many others.

He has published five collections of poetry – The Art of Being Late for Work (Amazing/Colossal Press, 1994), Elfshot (Waldean Press, 1997), How Copenhagen Ended (Leafe Press, 2003), A Strange Arrangement: New & Selected Poems, again from Leafe Press in 2007 (www.leafepress.com) & Lemonade, a free, downloadable ebook from The Red Ceilings Press – available @ http://issuu.com/theredceilings/docs/lemonade.

He has been involved in a number of collaborative projects with other artists, his poetry appearing alongside paintings by Eileen Cooper & as part of an exhibition of contemporary landscape photographs. He has also worked with the Retina Dance Company on a poetry-inspired dance piece, & has recently completed a commission for a poetry & sculpture project for Peak Arts.


Selected Publications

The Art of Being Late For Work (Amazing/Colossal Press); Elfshot (Waldean Press); How Copenhagen Ended (Leafe Press); A Strange Arrangement: New & Selected Poems (Leafe Press)

Contributed To

A wide range of magazines & anthologies

Prizes & Awards

Prizewinner in numerous poetry competitions. Most notably & recently has been awarded 1st prize in the Kent & Sussex Open; Ilkley Open; Yorkshire Open & Nottingham Open

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    My Work

    A Strange Arrangement: New & Selected Poems
    Publisher: Leafe Press

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