"Full Blood" is John Siddique's fourth full-length collection of poems for adults. Erotic, physical, completely open and fully engaged with the mortal urgency of life, Siddique tackles his themes robustly and yet with great sensitivity, constantly defining and reimagining what it is to be a man in today's world, living fully in the moment. Marking a serious development in the writer's work (as well as the mind of this significant British poet) this is Siddique's most emotionally-charged work to date.
John Siddique is the author of Full Blood, Recital - An Almanac, Poems From A Northern Soul, and The Prize. His poetry collection 'Don't Wear It On Your Head is a perennial favourite with younger readers. He is the co-author of the story/memoir Four Fathers.
His poems, essays and articles have featured in Granta, The Guardian, Poetry Review, The Rialto and on BBC Radio 4. The Spectator refers to him as 'A stellar British poet.'The Times of India calls him 'Rebellious by nature, pure at heart.' Acclaimed novelist Bina Shah says he is 'One of the best poets of our generation.' Jackie Kay speaks of Siddique's writing as being 'A brilliant balancing act.'
The Times describes Full Blood as 'Technically virtuosic yet direct and sensual ' and Dawn - Books & Authors says his book is 'Bold as love... Each word is to be savoured like a sip of forbidden wine.' His book Recital is referred to as 'One of the most important British poetry books of the last twenty years' by Professor Lauri Ramey of CSULA.
Siddique is well known for his captivating readings, and his infectious love of literature. He a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and is the Royal Literary Fund Fellow at York St. John University. John is the former British Council Writer-in-Residence at California State University - Los Angeles, and he holds the title of Honorary Creative Writing Fellow at Leicester University.