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Roger Bloor is a retired Senior Lecturer and Consultant in Addiction Psychiatry. He comes from a North Staffordshire family and lives in Newcastle under Lyme. He has an MA in Poetry Writing from Newcastle University through The Poetry School on London.
His poems have appeared in The Hippocrates Prize Anthology 2017, 2019 and 2020. Words for the Wild Anthology 2018, Landscapes Anthology Empress Press 2018, Affect Publications 'StillBorn' 2018, Magma Poetry 2018, NHS 70th Anniversary Anthology 2018, Poetry London 2019, These are the Hands Anthology 2020, Bridges Anthology 2019, 2020, and The Language of Salt Anthology 2020.
Roger has twice been commended in the Hippocrates Prize Competition, he was shortlisted in the Poetry on Loan Competition 2019 and the Hedgehog Dialect Pamphlet Competition 2019 as well as being longlisted in the Gingko Prize 2019.
His pamphlet A Less Clear Dream was shortlisted for the Arnold Bennett Book Prize 2018 and his long poem pamphlet Aldgedeslegh was shortlisted for the Arnold Bennett Book Prize 2019. He was the winner of the Poetry London Clore Prize 2019.
Roger has performed his poems at various venues including: Cultural Squatters, The Poetry School MA reading, Bridges launch at Newcastle on Tyne, Affect Publications launch at The Northern Print House, Final MA reading at the Troubadour (London), The Arnold Bennett Society Annual Lecture and Road To Recovery Event ( Isle of Man). He was poet in residence 2018/19 at the historic Trentham Gardens in Staffordshire. He is a member of the Canada Water Poetry Group and has organised Open Mic sessions and workshops in Newcastle and at Keele University in addition to coordinating the Newcastle Stanza Group. He has co-edited an Anthology of Poems for Medical Students (2019) which given to all first years Medical Students at Keele University.
Roger is the owner and sole employee of Clayhanger Press which focusses on publishing poetry by local authors and poetry about the area. In addition he hand prints and binds limited editions of poetry. With two friends he coedits The Alchemy Spoon poetry magazine which he publishes through Clayhanger Press.
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