Mansfield, Nottinghamshire
Other, Performance Poetry, Plays and Scripts, Poetry, Writing for Young Adults

Writer Biography

Kevin Fegan is a Playwright & Poet.
He was born in 1957 in Shirebrook, Derbyshire, to Irish parents.
Kevin has written to commission over 40 original plays for a wide variety of theatre.
His early stage plays include & McAlpine’s Fusilier& (a verse play about the Irish Britain 1988); the cult rave play in verse & Excess XS& (the first play about the rave scene 1992) and & Strange Attractors: love in a virtual world & (the first stage play about virtual reality 1994) – all produced by Contact Theatre Manchester. & Private Times& for The Library Theatre Manchester 1990 and & Rule 43& (British prisons tour 1989 & 90) and the community play for Moss Side/Hulme in 1993 & Game Challenge Level 7& .
His large-scale site-specific work includes & Lord Dynamite& (co-written with John Fox), a Welfare State International production for L.I.F.T.‘91, & The Clay Man& at Upper Campfield Market Manchester (a Manchester City of Drama ’94 production) and Woolaton Park Nottingham (a Newartswork commission), & Seven-Tenths& for Walk the Plank Theatre Ship (British tour by sea 1995) and & 52 Degrees South& (co-written & co-directed with Andy Farrell) at the Imperial War Museum North which was a Commonwealth Games Cultureshock production and winner of Best New Play Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards 2002.
His devised work includes Quarantine’s celebrated & White Trash& at Contact Theatre 2004 and & EatEat& at Leicester Guildhall 2003.
His plays for young people include & Get Real& (Blackpool Grand 2003), & The Ghosts of Crime Lake& (Oldham Coliseum 2005), & When Frankenstein Came to Matlock& (Mansfield Palace Theatre 2008), & ABC123& and & The Selkie Boy& (Ashton Group 2008 & 2009) and & Wan2tlk?& (Liverpool Everyman 2001 and published by Methuen Drama).
Kevin’s recent plays for The Lowry Salford include adaptations (as community plays) of & Love on the Dole& (2004) and & Oh Wot A Lovely War& (2006), a studio play, & The Forest& (2008) and a main-house play mixing theatre and film & Fireflies (a love story waiting to happen)& (2009). & Slave: a question of freedom& (adapted with Caroline Clegg from the true story book by Mende Nazer & Damien Lewis) is produced by Feelgood Theatre at The Lowry in Nov 2010.
He has written several dramas for BBC Radio 4, including 8 single plays (most recently a drama documentary in verse:& In Denial: the story of Paul Blackburn& ), a Classic Drama Serial & In A Grove& (starring Natasha McElhone) and a 3-week long Woman’s Hour Drama Serial & The Furys& (starring Brenda Fricker).
He has written a few short films and has worked as a storyline writer for Granada TV’s & Coronation St& .
Kevin has published 8 books of poetry and edited several anthologies and individual collections by other poets.


Selected Publications

Kevin has published 8 books of poetry and edited 7 anthologies and 3 individual collections by other poets.
3 volumes published by Five Leaves:
& Let Your Left Hand Sing& (2003 & 2008), commissioned by The Long Journey Home Festival.
& Racer& (2002) commissioned BBC Radio 4.
& Blast& (2001) commissioned by BBC Radio 4 and a live version commissioned for Manchester Poetry Festival at Contact theatre Manchester (2004).
& A Will of Iron& (2004) poetry collection about the village of Ironville in Derbyshire was commissioned by Amber Valley Artery Project.
& Matey Boy& , a book-length dramatic poem, was commissioned by Welfare State International and published by Iron Press (1991).
& The Blue Balloon& , Kevin’s collection of poetry from his work as resident writer at Stocken Prison (1988 The Amazing Collosal Press).
& The Space Between Us& , Kevin’s collection published by A Twist in the Tale& (1990).
Kevin’s latest book, & Fabulous& , a compilation celebrating the women of South Derbyshire, was commissioned and published by People Express (2009).
Kevin’s poem & Amphitheatre& was commissioned by sculptor David Anand for his public artwork of the same name in Kevin’s home town of Mansfield.
Kevin’s next poetry collection will be & Away Pitch& , commissioned by East Staffs Council for their sports and arts poems and photos touring exhibition (2010).

Contributed To

The New Statesman
Index on Censorship
Recent anthologies, including:
Sporting Poetry (Five Leaves)
Nottingham Poets (Five Leaves)
Tale of 3 Cities (East Midlands Literature Network)

Performances & Workshops

Kevin has given hundreds of poetry performances at live literature venues and has been a featured poet on BBC Radio 4’s & Encyclopedia Poetica& , ITV’s international poetry series & Word of Mouth& (hosted by John Hegley), Granada TV’s & Celebration& and BBC 3’s poetry series, & Whine Gums& (Baby Cow Productions).
Kevin reguarly performs his book-length dramatic poems, including & Matey Boy& (commissioned by Welfare State International), which was performed by Kevin on two national tours (1991 & 92).
& Blast& which was originally commissioned & broadcast by BBC Radio 4 and a subsequent stage version at Contact Theatre which was a Manchester Poetry Festival Airport Commission in 2004. Subsequently performed by Kevin at readings.
& Racer& (commissioned & broadcast by BBC Radio 4 and performed by Paul McGann 2003. Subsequently performed by Kevin at readings.
& Let Your Left Hand Sing& (2nd edition 2008), commissioned by The Long Journey Home Festival (a Commonwealth Games production), which Kevin has performed at venues nationwide.
Recent readings include Manchester Poetry Festival, Southwell Poetry Festival, Irish Studies Conference Loughborough University, Nottingham Playhouse, Irish Centre Nottingham, Derbyshire Literature Festival.
Kevin has led thousands of writing workshops – please see writing residencies under Relevant Experience.
Recent work also includes Artistic Director/Mentor of 7 poets for Lyric Lounge’s & Write Way Up& showcase at Y Theatre Leicester and Mentor of 10 poets for Freedom Showcase at Phoenix Arts Centre Leicester and Poetry Tutor for Visible (over 50’s arts programme).

Prizes & Awards

Winner Art 05 Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts for Quarantine Theatre. I was Writer/Deviser of Quarantine’s & White Trash& Contact Theatre Manchester and "EatEat" Leicester Haymarket Theatre.
Nomination for Best Special Entertainment, Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards for & Love on the Dole& which I adapted for The Lowry.
Winner Best New Play, Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards for
& 52 Degrees& – a Big Theatre production @ Imperial War Museum North as part of the Commonwealth Games Cultureshock programme.
Nomination for Sony Award, Best Drama for & Blast& – BBC Radio 4
Winner North West Arts Film Award
& Dancing in the Ruins& – 20mins short film which opened at Kino Filmfest in Manchester and transferred to the I.C.A. in London for a week.
Nomination for Best Special Entertainment, Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards for & Seven-Tenths& – Walk the Plank Theatre Ship
Winner Arts Council of G.B. Be Bold Award and Winner Best New Play in the Regions, Plays International Magazine for & Strange Attractors& – Contact Theatre Manchester
Winner Best New Play in the Regions, Plays International Magazine for
& Excess XS& – Contact Theatre Manchester
Nomination for Best New Play, Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards for
& Private Times& – The Library Theatre Manchester.
Nomination for Best New Play, Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards for
& Rule 43& – Green Room Manchester (part of national tour).
Nomination for Best New Play, Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards for
& McAlpine’s Fusilier& – Contact Theatre Manchester.

Available for the following:

  • Lectures / Talks / Panels
  • Live Performances
  • Workshops
  • Community Group Work
  • Work Experience/Qualifications

    Poet-in-Residence for Cheshire Arts & Libraries in 1992.
    Poet-in-Residence with Notts homeless community for Notts County Council in 1994.
    Poet-in-Residence at & Rock the Boat& alternative cabaret nightclub in Barrow-in-Furness in 1990.
    Poet-in-Residence at International Conference on Arts in Prisons at Manchester University by T.I.P.P.
    Arts Council Playwright-in-Residence at The Palace Theatre Mansfield (2006 – 2008).
    Writer-in-Residence for Derbyshire Inspection & Advisory Service in schools throughout Derbyshire 2004-5.
    Writer-in-Residence H.M.Prison Grendon 1999-2001.
    Playwright-in-Residence at The Acting School Manchester Metropolitan University 1994
    Resident Writer for Cheshire’s Year of Culture in 1993.
    Playwright Attached to Theatre Dep’t Lancaster University 1991,92 & 95.
    Arts Council of Great Britain Resident Dramatist with Welfare State International 1989-91.
    Writer-in-Residence H.M.Prison Stocken 1987-88
    Currently Writer in Residence at Nottingham Academy for First Story 2010-2011.

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