Artist's Work: John Lindley

Much of my recent workshop work has been with both primary and high school children and with  elderly residents in Congleton and Malpas. With the former I have helped the pupils create World War 1 poems for 'Congleton Awareness & Engagement Group' for an anthology What Price Glory? which I edited. I am now employed on a further project with schools on the theme of conscientious objectors. This has been commissioned by East Cheshire Quakers.

Apart from hosting open mic events and delivering my general poetry readings, I am currently giving performances of several themed poetry/talks. These specific events include readings from my latest collection Dylan Thomas: Embers & Sparks (which, amongst other places, I have performed at both the poet's birthplace in Swansea and at The Dylan Thomas Boathouse – his last home – in Laugharne) and performances of my cinema-themed show Reel to Real.

A further poetry/illustrated talk I regularly give is Crossing the Divide, described as follows:

Former Cheshire Poet Laureate and atheist John Lindley bridges the gap between religion and the arts in this fascinating and thought-provoking presentation Crossing the Divide. Against a background of projected images, he performs poems inspired by the religious paintings of American artist, Daniel Bonnell, a devout Christian, and tells the story behind this remarkable collaboration.

“It should not be underestimated how powerful this event was, and how many people would be interested in seeing it. It would appeal to everyone Atheists or Christians because everyone is interested in the search for answers, the questioning, and that's ultimately what Crossing the Divide is about. Thought provoking and inspiring.” Review
Crossing the Divide has been performed at a number of venues including the Foxhill Conference Centre in Frodsham, in Congleton's Open Space Arts Festival, at the College of Preachers National Conference in Derbyshire, Weaver Words Frodsham Festival and the Trinity Arts Festival in Southport.


Former 'Cheshire Poet Laureate' and 'Manchester Cathedral Poet of the Year', John Lindley is a freelance poet and creative writing tutor. An experienced performer, he has read at Ledbury Poetry Festival and at the Buxton and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals. He runs poetry workshops for writers’ groups, festivals and in prisons, schools, universities, youth clubs and day care centres, as well as for those with learning difficulties. Widely published and a prizewinner in a number of national competitions, his poetry has also been broadcast on radio. His ninth and latest collection, Dylan Thomas: Embers & Sparks was published in February 2014.

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