john foggin

Bio: John lives in Ossett, West Yorkshire. He has been a teacher, lecturer and LEA Adviser for Drama and English. he has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Leeds, but learns much more from The Poetry Business and all the poets he has met there. His poems have appeared in 'The North', 'The New Writer',and 'The Interpreter's House', among others. He was First Prize winner in the Lumen/Camden Poetry Competition (2014) and of The Plough Prize (2013 and 2014). These were followed by others, including The McLellan (2015) and the Poetry Business International Pamphlet Prize (2016). His poems have been picked as prize winners by three posts laureate: Andrew Motion, Lizlochhead and Billy Collins. His first collection of poems , a pamphlet: 'Running out of Space' was published in April 2014, a second one, 'Backtracks' in JULY 2014, and his chapbook, 'Larach' was published by WardWood in November 2014. A pamphlet, 'Outlaws and fallen angels' was published by Calder Valley Poets in 2016. His first full collection 'Much Possessed' was published by smith|doorstop in 2016, and a second collection,'Gap Year', jointly authored with Andy Blackford was published by SPM Publications in 2017. He has ten grandchildren, all of whom are amazingly talented; he has supported Batley Bulldogs RL team for over 60 years, and would live on the Isle of Skye if they had a rugby league team.

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  1. dear me x.the last time we were together we were drunk in your house.i stayed the night and you and i stayed up all night singing with paul simon and lady black mombasa.christ we had a great friendship john all the way back to carlton and the wonderful peter and mary nightingale.and now you turn up-and someone said you are a poet.and i argued and argued with them,threatened them and it turns out you are.!so lovely to see your mug on the web-and you are wearing the same frigging waist coat you woreat wooley hall.damn you man,the glasses look good.time is like an ossett greyhound.love to you john and bestttttteessst wishes,terry xx


  2. Hello Mr.Foggin,

    You never taught me but you were my form tutor at Boston Spa (during the reign of the Glorious Leader J R Hanson)!
    I always appreciated your genuine care and concern for us. It was a privilege to have been a member of 4 and 5FG.

    Kind thoughts to you

    David Shinn (Shinny)


  3. Hello – I’m so glad to have found this as I also remember you from my school days at Boston Spa and especially The Lark – it must be serendipity as I was thinking of trying to spend some time writing myself and now feel more inspired – Rowena


    1. Rowena! How splendid. One of the things about the cobweb and about Facebook is the many virtual reunions. I’m glad you found yourself enmeshed, and I’m delighted you’ll be writing. Send me your stuff when you feel like it. And tell me what you’ve been up to. Use my email… john.foggin@wishville.co.uk. Look forward to hearing all about it x Fogs


  4. Hi John, I’m writing to ask if you would be interested in writing me a guest blog post to go up in October? Subject: poetry/writing etc -length up to 1k if poss, but shorter is fine. Can you DM me on twitter or use my email on the blog to reply? Thanks and good wishes, Anthony


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