William Bedford

'One of the finest poets and writers of our generation.’ Karen Maitland, Company of Liars and The Owl Killers


WILLIAM BEDFORD is an award-winning poet, short-story writer and novelist. He left school at fifteen to work on the east coast fish docks and fairgrounds before moving with his family to a remote USAF base in north Lincolnshire where his father was the civilian police officer. He trained briefly as a journalist then joined the police as a cadet, walking out after a breakdown. At nineteen, he left Lincolnshire, and spent ten years working in the City of London, before turning to academic life. He took First Class Honours in English Literature and a Ph.D. at the University of Sheffield, working for several universities before becoming a full-time novelist in 1984.

He received an Arts Council Major Bursary for Poetry in 1978, Society of Authors Award in 1993, Yorkshire and Humberside Arts Award in 1993, Yorkshire Arts Award in 2000 for the publication of The Redlit Boys and a Royal Literary Fund Award in 2007. His first novel, Happiland, was runner-up for the 1990 Guardian Fiction Prize. His Collecting Bottle Tops: Selected Poetry 1960-2008 was published in 2009. His selected short stories and non-fiction, None of the Cadillacs Was Pink, was also published in 2009. He was on the Editorial Board of Poetry Salzburg Review from 2007 to 2016, and was Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Oxford Brookes University from 2008 to 2011.

NEW: The Bread Horse

William Bedford's new collection of poems, recreating his mother's 1920s childhood in the east end slums of Sheffield.

NEW:  The Fen Dancing

William Bedford's new collection begins with poems about his father's 1920s childhood in a remote farming community in Lincolnshire, and ends with the Manhattan skyline and the literary world of Greenwich Village.

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Shortlisted for the 2014 London Magazine International Short Story Competition
Winner of the 2014 Roundel Poetry Prize
Winner of the 2014 London Magazine International Poetry Prize


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The Fen Dancing

The Bread Horse

William Bedford

William Bedford
William Bedford
William Bedford