Roy Marshall was born in 1966. His mother was born in Italy, his father in London. Roy wanted to be a writer as a child and young man but became distracted for about twenty years during which time he found himself variously employed as a delivery driver, gardener and coronary care nurse, amongst other occupations.
His pamphlet ‘Gopagilla‘ was published by Crystal Clear in March 2012 and was very favourably reviewed by Andrew McCulloch in the TLS. ‘Gopagilla’ has sold out and is no longer available.
A full collection ‘The Sun Bathers’ was published by Shoestring Press in November 2013 and has been shortlisted for the Michael Murphy award. The book has also been received very positively in ‘The Warwick Review, ‘Under The Radar’, ‘The North’ and elsewhere. You can buy a copy here.
A second collection, ‘The Great Animator’ was published by Shoestring Press in 2017.
‘These are poems that hold words to the light until they catch it and flash with sudden truth.’ Andrew McCulloch, Times Literary Supplement.
include The Rialto, Ambit, Poetry Wales, The Shop, Smiths Knoll , Under the Radar, New Walk , Iota , The Interpreter’s House, Magma , Agenda Antiphon, Cake , The Lampeter Review , Lighthouse , Poems in which, The North , The Manchester Review, The Morning Star, The Guardian online, The Butchers Dog , The High Window, The Compass, The Fenland Reed, Stand, Coast to Coast to Coast and Strix.
‘Late’ was highly commended in the Bare Fiction short story competition 2014 and published in Bare Fiction magazine.
Roy’s poems have won prizes or commendation in competitions including Ledbury, Battered Moons, Nottingham open, Wenlock International, East Midlands, The Alan Sillitoe Prize, Flarestack pamphlet prize, Ilkley Poetry Festival, Universe prize, The William Soutar poetry prize, Red Squirrel prize, Ashbourne Festival Prize, Ver , Ludlow and others.
Poems have appeared in anthologies including ‘Blame Montezuma’ (Happenstance, 2014) ‘Double Bill’ (Red Squirrel, 2014), The Emergency Poet Anti-Stress Anthology (Michael O’Mara, 2015) , ‘Schooldays’ (Paper Swans 2015), More Raw Material (Lucifer Press, 2015), ‘No 2 Poetry’ (Vanguard Editions 2016) ‘New boots and Pantisocracies’ (Smokestack, 2016), ‘Over Land and Sea’ (2016, Five Leaves) ‘Millstone Grit’ (Antiphon, 2016) ‘One for The Road’ (Poetry Business, 2017) ‘The Language of Flowers’ ( Penguin Everyman Books, 2017) ‘Poems in the Waiting Room’, New Zealand and ‘Diversify; Poetry and Art on Britain’s Urban Birds’ (Fair Acre Press 2018)
Roy recieved the E.A. Markham award from Sheffield Hallam University where he later obtained an MA in creative writing. ‘The Sun Bathers’ was shortlisted for the Michael Murphy Award.
‘I read Gopagilla and loved it; really great work. Absolutely fresh, surprising, precise, concise, vivid, moving.’ Nick Drake
‘.. a satisfying and poetically coherent first pamphlet. It delivers a lot and promises even more. I very much look forward to reading more of Roy Marshall’s poetry in the future.’ Matthew Stewart, Rogue Strands
‘…Close observation, combined with beautifully judged phrasing’
Alan Baker, Litterbug
‘ … compression and unforced lyricism’ (Wayne Burrows)
‘… very self-contained, poised and graceful writing’ (Kim Moore)
” … the sort of poems that are easy to read yet hard to write” (Tim Love).
‘..pitch perfect cadences’ – (David Cooke, Ink Sweat and Tears)