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E. A. Markham

E.A. Markham (1939-2008) had a career that embraced the range of literary life, and more. Aside from his poetry, for which he was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize in 2002, he wrote novels, essays, plays and short stories; he edited anthologies including Hugo versus Montserrat, which dealt with the aftermath in Montserrat of a devastating hurricane, and Hinterland (Bloodaxe Books, 1989), a key poetry collection in many university courses; he directed the Caribbean Theatre Workshop, was the government's Media Co-ordinator in Papua New Guinea and built houses in France. He held lectureships and fellowships at universities around the UK, including Professor of Creative Writing at Sheffield Hallam University, from where he established the MA in Writing, edited Sheffield Thursday magazine and directed the Hallam Literature Festival. Markham was awarded the Certificate of Honour by the Government of Montserrat in 1997. His poetry and fiction are published by Anvil Press and Peepal Tree.
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