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Mark Connors

Mark Connors - author and poet

Ilkley Literature Festival's Open Mic winner for 2014 and 2015!

"The voices of the characters in his novels never drop a note."
Barrie Sherwood, Author of Escape from Amsterdam (Granta Books 2007)

"What I enjoy about Mark Connors' poems is their moving blend of personal and the public subjects, their comic and their tragic voices and their straightforward honesty."
Antony Dunn, Author of Bugs (Carcanet/OxfordPoets 2009)

"Mark Connors paints with words. On the page or shared at an open mic, Mark transports the reader and touches the listener."
Rose Drew, Stairwell Books


Mark Connors

Mark Connors is an award winning writer from Leeds, UK. His poetry has appeared in many anthologies, alongside acclaimed poets such as Simon Armitage, Andrew Motion, Antony Dunn and Kate Fox. He's also had over 100 poems published in a variety of magazines and literary journals both in the UK and overseas, including Envoi, Prole, The Interpreter's House, Dream Catcher and a number of Indigo Dreams imprints.

Mark's debut poetry pamphlet, Life is a Long Song was published by OWF Press in 2015 and is now in its second edition. His first full-length poetry collection, Nothing is Meant to be Broken, was published in 2017 by Stairwell Books.

Mark's debut novel, Stickleback, also now in its second edition, was published by Armley Press in 2016. The second edition features a recommendation on the front cover from the acclaimed poet and novelist, Helen Mort. Stickleback was Longlisted for The Guardian's Not the Booker Prize 2016.

Mark's award winning short fiction has won him prizes and commendations at North London Literature Festival, Dartmoor Literature Festival and Otley Word Feast. Mark also won the prestigious open mic competition at Ilkley Literature Festival both in 2014 and 2015.

Mark features regularly as a guest compere at literature festivals and also runs WORD CLUB, a critically acclaimed spoken word night, with his partner, Gill Lambert at The Chemic Tavern in Leeds. Mark and Gill also run monthly seminars and workshops at The Chemic Tavern and host a monthly poetry radio show, WORD CLUB: The Sunday Sessions. WORD CLUB has been a founding creative partner of the Poetry at the Parsonage Festival, an annual event at The Bronte Parsonage in Haworth, West Yorkshire, since its inception in 2016. Mark is also a director and a managing editor at Half Moon Books at To book Mark for a performance or to compere, or to obtain information regarding workshops, please email him at