Cliff Yates is a poet and teacher. He is the author of nine books and chapbooks of poetry including winners of the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize, the Poetry Business Book & Pamphlet Competition and an Arts Council England Writers Award. His New & Selected Poems is forthcoming from Smith/Doorstop. A highly-experienced teacher and workshop leader, he was commissioned by the Poetry Society to write Jumpstart Poetry in the Secondary School following the success of his students in poetry competitions. He has led courses and workshops throughout the UK and abroad. (More here.)

‘Cliff Yates is one of my favourite poets, writing in an idiom I’d like to call “Skelmersdale Mystic/Domestic.” If he was in a band that band would produce hit singles that would linger in your head for years and if he was a greengrocer his vegetables would always be startling shapes. There’s childhood here, and love, and a way of seeing the world with the wrappers off that is, ultimately, Yatesian’ – Ian McMillan

Cliff Yates is a uniquely inspiring writing tutor, with a fund of lightly-managed knowledge, insight and experience.  He is an amazing teacher and one of our very best poets’ – Peter Sansom