Deborah Tyler-Bennett’s first collection was Clark Gable in Mansfield (King’s England Press, 2003), followed by selected poems in Take Five (Shoestring, 2003). Her second was Pavilion (Smokestack, 2010) containing poems set in Brighton and inspired by dandies. A chapbook of three poetic portraits, Mytton ... Dyer ... Sweet Billy Gibson is forthcoming from Nine Arches Press. She’s just completed Anglo-Punk, a sonnet sequence on Beau Brummell, some of which is being published in The Raintown Review (US) but her most recent major published collection is Revudeville (King’s England press, 2011). She regularly performs her work, recent venues including Castor and Pollux Modern Artwork (Brighton), Poetry in the Crypt (London), and a reading for Sussex Day at The Royal Pavilion’s Tearooms, Brighton. She does many workshops for National Galleries and Museums, some previous work being for the V and A, The Science Museum, New York University students at The National Gallery, and Leicestershire’s Open Museum’s Artworks collection. With Gill Spraggs she co-authored the Victoria and Albert Museum’s creative writing web-package.
Over four hundred poems and short fictions are published in anthologies, reviews, and in UK and international journals including: Speaking English: Poems for John Lucas (Five Leaves), Poetry: The Nottingham Collection (Five Leaves), The White Car (Ragged Raven), The Caledonia Review (web), and The Contemporary Review of Poetry (bluechrome). A programme on her work was broadcast on Radio Romania Cultural (June 29, 2008) and poems will appear in the Romanian journal, The International Notebook of Poetry (2010), she’s also included in the bi-lingual anthology And The Story Isn’t Over … (poetry p f, 2009). Other poems were broadcast in Romania in a programme with John Mole and Carol Rumens, and on Translation Café (web). Selected poems appear in Take Five edited by John Lucas (Shoestring, 2003).
She co-authored a book on creative writing in schools with Mark Goodwin, with whom (amongst others) she edited the pack: Words and Things (2008). She’s edited the anthology: Speaking Words (Crystal Clear, 2005), and a creative pack to accompany Nottingham Museum Services’ 1950s, ’60s and ’70s Resource Box. Other finished projects are resources on the School Days collection for Leicester City Museums, and ESOL, and commissions to write poems for display at Material Evidence: Sculpture from the Arts Council, Lincoln, The Collection, 2008, and the Bank Street Arts exhibition In Their Own Words.
She worked with textile artist, Ruth Singer, on the Art Box project for Leicestershire’s Open Museums’ Artworks Collection, commissioned poems for which appear as a pamphlet for schools: The Ballad of Epping and Other Poems (Leics: LCC Educational Pilot, 2008). An exhibition with visual artist Lora Redman, An Occasional Man, was displayed at Market Harborough Museum (April 30-28 June, 2007) as part of Write Muse, a project linking artists and writers.
She edits the journal, The Coffee House, and has won prizes for her work including the Hugh MacDiarmid Trophy in 2001, and in 2007 she was runner-up for The Poets’ Poet Award. In summer 2010 she was a Poetry Lives Here Resident Writer at John Keats House, Hampstead.