Matthew Clegg was born in Leeds in 1969. He received an Eric Gregory Award for poetry in 1997, and was a poet in residence at The Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere, from 1999-2001. He has worked as an Arts Council literature officer, and he currently teaches creative writing at Derby University.
His publications include Lost Between Stations (Longbarrow Press, 2011), West North East (Longbarrow Press, 2013) and The Navigators (Longbarrow Press, 2015). His poems often explore the relationship between human predicaments and landscapes, between personae and place – especially people and places on the edge of things. He lived in Mexborough from 2013-2016, and has enjoyed the friendly railway staff and the walks along the canal and through Denaby Ings. Ted Hughes was the first poet he read for pleasure, not exams, so it’s an honour to be contributing to the festival.
The Navigators website: http://matthewcleggthenavigators.wordpress.com