Who Am I?
Well there’s a question. On this page is a gallery of photos of me at work, as well as a biography…
My name is Caleb and I’m a poet, performer, facilitator, educator and filmmaker, based in Bristol, South-West England. (I’m also, in Anglo-Saxon kennings form, a: film-watcher, poem-reader, word-herder, radio-listener, dog-lover, bike-rider, former-boater, plate-spinner, flag-waver, leaflet-giver, patterned-shirt-wearer, sometimes-dancer, errant-giggler and frequent-chatterer.)
From October 2020 – 2022, I’m the third Bristol City Poet.
I won second prize in the National Poetry Competition 2016, the Winchester Poetry Prize 2017 and various other shortlists – and have poem published variously in: The Rialto, The Poetry Review, Under the Radar, Poetry Wales, Butcher’s Dog, Coast to Coast to Coast, Strix, Magma, Envoi, Lighthouse, Finished Creatures, Tentacular and Molly Bloom.
My educational work is extensive, tutoring for Poetry Society, Poetry School, Cheltenham Festivals and First Story. I hold an MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes.
My debut pamphlet, Wasted Rainbow, is forthcoming with tall-lighthouse in February 2021 and my debut collection, This Fruiting Body, with Nine Arches in October 2021.
So far, my career has encompassed media production, education, the arts, and their therapeutic/wellbeing applications. Amongst other things, and in reverse chronological order, here’s some of my work history:
- I facilitate creative writing groups and workshops (therapeutic or general), in diverse settings (with young people, sheltered accommodation residents, festival-goers, higher education academic researchers, other artists, and more);
- Until early 2017, I was Membership Secretary for Lapidus: The Writing for Wellbeing Organisation and Conference Manager for the Lapidus Day in May 2016;
- I work as a freelance artist and project manager, on various projects from participatory cycling events or as one of the lead artists on the Bristol Approach to Citizen Sensing;
- I’ve been privileged enough to work in in alternative educational settings (for Kirklees Council and Kids Company) with young people with Social Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties (which led on to my work in the therapeutic application of the arts and creativity);
- I’ve worked as a Production Co-ordinator for Radio 4 Features Bristol (where I was lucky enough to work with a rich range of writers and performers on programmes like With Great Pleasure and A Good Read), as well as producing a programme, Feed Me To The Wind (about which I wrote pieces for BBC News Online and the Guardian);
- I’ve been involved in the development and production of BBC TV Arts and Social/Cultural History Docs (on programmes like TimeShift, History of Now and When Romeo Met Juliet);
- I’ve worked as a writer for a science publication (International Innovation, for whom I was the reporter at the BioVision World Life Sciences Forum – you can read the piece I wrote about it here: Biovision_SpecialReport_Final).
Do get in touch on the ‘How?’ page if there is anything you would like to ask, talk to me about, invite me to, or explore as an idea – I do love a collaboration or partnership.