JOHN GREENING received a Cholmondeley Award in 2008 in recognition of his 'achievement and distinction in poetry'. Following his Hunts: Poems 1979-2009, several collections have been published: Knot (Worple Press, 2013), To the War Poets (Carcanet/Oxford Poets, 2013), Nebamun's Tomb (Rack Press, 2015) and the collaboration with Penelope Shuttle, Heath (Nine Arches Press, 2016). His major anthology of poems about composers, Accompanied Voices appeared in 2015 along with his expanded Oxford edition of Edmund Blunden's war memoir Undertones of War. In 2017 Greenwich Exchange brought out his edition of Geoffrey Grigson's poetry, and there was also a memoir of his time in Egypt: Threading a Dream - a Poet on the Nile (currently not available from Amazon). His next collection from Carcanet will appear in June, 2019: The Silence. It includes a long poem about Sibelius.
His website is www.johngreening.co.uk
John Greening's first mature poems were published in Emma Tennant's legendary 70s magazine, Bananas, and he received much encouragement at this time from Ted Hughes. A two year spell in Upper Egypt - where he was awarded the Alexandria Poetry Prize by Mrs Sadat - spawned his first collection, Westerners, and started an abiding obsession with all things Egyptian.
John Greening was awarded a Scottish Arts Council grant in the 1980s and twice received Authors' Foundation travel grants to travel to Iceland (his Iceland Spar appeared in 2008) and to help with his Sibelius poem, but has generally made a living by teaching. He has been a poetry reviewer for the TLS since the 1990s and has judged the Eric Gregory Awards for the last eleven years. Amongst other prizes, he has won the Bridport (1998) and the TLS Centenary (2001). In 2010 and again in 2017 he was invited to become both a Hawthornden Fellow and a Fellow of the English Association. He was until recently RLF Writing Fellow at Newnham College, Cambridge, and now is an RLF Lector and conducts audio interviews for their Writers Aloud series. He is currently embarking on a lecture tour of the USA as part of the First World War centenary commemoration.
His Niagara Falls song-cycle (to music by Paul Mottram) was premiered by the Dunedin Consort at the Wigmore Hall and toured Canada. It was revived for performance at the Snape Maltings by the NYCGB in 2015. He was recently commissioned to write poems for baritone Roderick Williams's Schubert Project and has been collaborating with composers Cecilia McDowall and Philip Lancaster. John Greening's verse play about Lindbergh was performed in Asheville, North Carolina. He has contributed to several BBC radio programmes and to a television documentary about Dylan Thomas and Vernon Watkins. He has also lectured on Watkins in Swansea, on the war poets (at the Ledbury festival) and gave the 2001 Jon Silkin lecture. In 2017 he lectured at the Harry Ransom Center, Texas, on Edmund Blunden. He is a popular teacher of creative writing: at the Camelford Indian King Arts Centre for many years and recently for the Poetry School in Cambridge and the Hurst centre for the Arvon Foundation (with Jo Bell). He also chaired the Poetry School's T.S.Eliot Preview event at the Southbank Centre in 2016.
Following his books about First World War Poets, the Elizabethan love poets, W.B.Yeats, Ted Hughes, Thomas Hardy, and Edward Thomas (all for Greenwich Exchange), John Greening plans to publish a selection of his critical essays in the near future.