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Renowned Poet Appointed as Academic Writer in Residence

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A renowned poet and painter has been appointed as the new Writer in Residence at the University of Worcester.

Duncan Forbes has six published collections of poems and his first exhibition of artwork, Thames & Elsewhere, took place in Henley in 2009.The latest selection of his poems, Lifelines, was published by Enitharmon in 2009.

Duncan has given a wide range of readings and talks from Durham to Hong Kong and presented his work at over 60 venues, including literary festivals.

Duncan is now a Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund (RLF). His post at the University, for the next year, has been organised and paid for by the RLF.

“It is an honour to have been selected by the Royal Literary Fund to become Writer in Residence at the University of Worcester,” he said. “I have been helping writers and students with their use of English for much of my working life and I now look forward to assisting individuals here with assignments in whatever discipline.”

Duncan will be available to anyone at the University of Worcester for advice on academic or general writing skills. Students can book appointments for support in planning, structure, accuracy and writing of assignments in any discipline.

As well as writing poems, he has taught English for years and until 2009 he was Head of English at Wycombe Abbey School in High Wycombe. He is also well known in teaching Literature and History of Art.  

His true talent in writing is proved as his poems have won an Eric Gregory Award with particular praise from Philip Larkin. Duncan also judges poetry prizes and runs creative writing groups.

He now lives in Cheltenham with his two grown-up children.

The Royal Literary Fund was originally founded in 1790 as a benevolent fund to help published British writers in financial difficulties, and has received bequests and donations, including royal patronage, ever since. It continues to help authors in financial difficulties and also runs the Fellowship Scheme in partnership with British universities and colleges.

It is partly through the RLF’s income from the AA Milne (author of the Winnie the Pooh books) estate that the Royal Literary Fund has been able to establish the Fellowship Scheme that places professional writers in universities in the UK.

Photo courtesy of Jane Martindale