Mark Connors - Write that novel

Mark Connors - author and poet

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

"Mark Connors delivered an excellent workshop on 'Writing the Voice' in two of our Bradford libraries. The attendees found his session engaging, informative and inspiring. Mark really knows his stuff – he knows how to express the innermost thoughts and feelings of his characters in an authentic, fully rounded way and he was able to encourage others to do the same regardless of where they were on the writing journey. Mark is an intelligent, generous and encouraging tutor who is passionate about writing and the importance of being able to write and to express oneself."
Dionne Hood, Development Officer - Reading and Stock Bradford Libraries - Publishers Publicity Circle 'Librarian of the Year'

So Much Depends on Feedback

Welcome to So Much Depends on Feedback, my new online feedback service for poetry, short stories, novels or creative non-fiction. With years of publishing experience, both as a writer, poet, writing tutor and managing editor for publishers, I can provide feedback and advice tailored to suit specific requirements for those starting their writing journeys to those with a track record of published work in magazines, anthologies and single author books.

My services include:

  • Feedback on poems
  • Feedback on poetry pamphlets in progress
  • Feedback on poetry collections in progress
  • Feedback on short stories
  • Feedback on novels in progress
  • Feedback on creative non-fiction

Prices for feedback will be based on the amounts of work you require feedback for. Contact me now for a free no obligation consultation to ascertain how I might be able to help you with your writing.

Mark Connors is an award winning writer from Leeds, UK. He has had over 170 poems published in magazines, anthologies and webzines.

Mark's debut poetry pamphlet, Life is a Long Song was published by OWF Press in 2015. His first full length collection, Nothing is Meant to be Broken was published by Stairwell Books in 2017. His second poetry collection, Optics, was published in 2019 by YAFFLE. A joint collection, Reel Bradford, written with fellow writers from the team behind poetry publishers, YAFFLE, in partnership with Bradford City of Film, will also be published in 2019.

Mark's debut novel, Stickleback was published by Armley Press in 2016. Stickleback was long listed for The Guardian's Not the Booker Prize. His second novel, Tom Tit and the Maniacs was published by Armley Press in 2018. It was selected as one of Culture Vulture's novels of the year.

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, his own acclaimed poetry night, at The Chemic Tavern in Leeds with his partner, Gill Lambert and co-runs Shaken in Sheeptown in Skipton. Mark and Gill also run a monthly poetry radio show on Chapel FM. Mark is a founding creative partner of Poetry at the Parsonage, an annual poetry festival with the Bronte Society in Haworth.

Mark is a writing workshop facilitator and bibliotherapist. He is the managing editor of the independent poetry publishers, YAFFLE.


"Mark Connors is an inspirational and exceptional teacher of writing skills. He gives in-depth analysis and criticism in a very positive friendly way."
Phil Batman (this name is not made up!)

"Mark's workshops are so supportive. Mark is a great tutor, who helps inspire and also to nurture confidence in your writing."
Sheryl MacMahon

"Mark has a way of creating a space where it's safe to explore possibilities, while also challenging us to move beyond our comfortable limitations."
Julie Darling