John Siddique

John Siddique

John Siddique is the bestselling author of Full Blood, Recital – An Almanac, Poems From A Northern Soul, and The Prize. He is the coauthor of the story/memoir Four Fathers.

His poems, essays and articles have been featured in many publications, including Granta, The Guardian, Poetry Review, and The Rialto. The Spectator refers to him as 'A stellar British poet.’ The Times of India calls him 'Rebellious by nature, pure at heart.'

The Prize, published to wide acclaim in 2005, was nominated for the Forward Prize. His children’s book, Don’t Wear It On Your Head, was shortlisted for the CLPE Poetry Award in 2007.

Full Blood is described as 'Technically virtuosic yet direct and sensual,’ by The Times Higher Educational, and as ‘Bold as love...Each word is to be savoured like a sip of forbidden wine’ by Bina Shah in Dawn - Books & Authors. Recital has been called ‘One of the most important British poetry books of the last twenty years’ by Lauri Ramey of CSULA. Jackie Kay speaks of Siddique’s writing as being ‘A brilliant balancing act.’

Siddique is well known for his captivating readings, and his infectious love of literature. This highly influential writer has worked with The British Council, PEN, The Arvon Foundation, The Poetry Society and London 2012. He is the former British Council Writer-in-Residence at California State University, Los Angeles. He was awarded the title of Honorary Creative Writing Fellow here at Leicester in recognition of his contribution to literature.



  • Full Blood (Salt)
  • Recital – An Almanac (Salt)
  • Poems from a Northern Soul (Crocus)
  • Don't Wear it on Your Head (Peepal Tree)
  • Four Fathers (Co-author) (Route)
  • Transparency (as Editor) (Crocus)
  • The Prize (Rialto)


  • A Painter's Sky - a short play for BBC Radio 3's ‘Freethinking' Festival

Selected Anthologies:

  • New Writing 15 (Granta)
  • The Fire People (Payback/Canongate)
  • Velocity (Apples & Snakes/Black Spring)
  • Masala (MacMillan)
  • Anthology of British South Asian Poetry (Redbeck)
  • Life Lines – Poets for Oxfam CD

Prizes & Awards

  • Shortlisted for CPLE Poetry Award 2007
  • Nominated for Best First Collection - Forward Prize 2005
  • Nominated for Best Poem - Forward Prize 2004 Arts Council of England Writer's Awards 2005, 2006, 2007

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