Roy Marshall was born in 1966. 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. Since leaving nursing he has worked in adult education, both in community and as a part time university lecturer.        

His pamphlet ‘Gopagilla‘ was published by Crystal Clear in March 2012.

Poems that hold words to the light until they catch it and flash with sudden truth.’ Andrew McCulloch, TLS.

‘Gopagilla’ has sold out and is no longer available.


Roy’s  first full collection ‘The Sun Bathers’ (Shoestring Press , 2013)
was shortlisted for the Michael Murphy award.

‘Filled with invention, exceptional skill and rueful humour.’
Peter Carpenter, Under The Radar 

Front Cover

A second collection, ‘The Great Animator’  was published by Shoestring Press in 2017.

‘ Every other line offers something in language we can revel in, smile at, whisper in pleasure as we read. Some lines feel like sonic ball-pools we can roll around in, emerging for air only as they resolve.’     Noel Williams in The North


Roy’s versions of poems by the Italian poet Eugenio Montale were published in 2019.

‘A delight to read, beautifully crafted, spare yet lyrical.’ 
Caroline Maldonaldo, London Grip 


Magazine publications

Roy’s work has been widely published in magazines including The Rialto, Ambit,
Poetry Wales, Smiths Knoll, The North, Magma, Agenda, The Manchester Review,  Guardian online, The Butchers Dog , The High Window, The Compass and Stand.


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 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, 2017)  ‘Poems in the Waiting Room’, New Zealand, ‘Diversify; Poetry and Art on Britain’s Urban Birds’ (Fair Acre 2018), ‘The Pocket Poetry Book of Weddings’ & ‘Pocket Poetry Book of Cricket’ (Paper Swans, 2018), ‘Poems for the NHS  (Onslaught Press, 2018)  ‘These Are the Hands (Fair acre press, 2019) and ‘Ten Poems of Hope’ (Candlestick Press, 2022)


Roy recieved the E.A. Markham award from Sheffield Hallam University to study for an  MA in creative writing. He obtained a distinction in 2015.

‘The Sun Bathers’ was shortlisted for the Michael Murphy Award in 2015 .

Roy’s short story ‘Late’ was highly commended in the Bare Fiction competition, 2014
and appeared in the magazine. You can read it here 

Poems have been awarded prizes in over thirty competitions including Ledbury, Battered Moons, Nottingham Open, Wenlock International, East Midlands, Alan Sillitoe Prize, Flarestack, William Soutar Priza, Ver, and others.

Other Writing

Roy’s reviews have appeared in The Interpreter’s House, The Compass, Critical Survey, The High Window and elsewhere.

Workshops, Readings, Mentoring services.

Roy has extensive experience of running workshops.
Roy has received mentoring training and is an experienced writing mentor.
Roy has judged poetry competitions and been a poet in residence at festivals.

Contact Roy by leaving a message in the comments at the bottom of this page,
or by direct message via Twitter


You can read a more extensive selection of reviews of Roy’s work here .

‘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)

‘Pitch perfect cadences’ – (David Cooke, Ink Sweat and Tears)

‘ The Great Animator- a modern lyricism that’s fiercely human. Top pick for 2017’
(Mark Fiddes)


  1. Hi Roy, It was lovely to meet you and Maria yesterday. It is only since I have read Gopagilla (which is amazing!) and then searched you on the internet that I now realise I was sat next to ‘a real poet’ and quite established at that. Most people with your success would be shouting it from the rooftops but you ‘fooled me’ in your quiet understated way and got away with it and now I long to ask you so much! Was the session ‘across the road’ then!…

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  2. I am so delighted to have found this blog. I have spent the morning reading many of the poems and feel larger for having absorbed their sound and meaning. I know I shall be visiting these pages often. I loved Sally Goldsmith’s poem. I went to Sheffield Hallam too, a good place for nurturing poets.


  3. Hi Roy,
    I’m sploshing around looking at folk’s blogs to get an idea of what I want from my own, which thankfully I can get a techy friend to set up. I’m really impressed with yours but perhaps the New Year makes me want to start slowly and simply. Hope to see you at Uni this year.


    • Thank you Bruce, I’m glad you like the blog. It started very simply, and one of the things that I wanted it to be was a resource for other poets: somewhere to share interesting ideas related to writing. The interviews and featured poets help to showcase others work, and these are interspersed with my own activities (part of the job of promoting poetry.) I wish you luck and look forward to your contribution to the poetry blogging world.


  4. Hello Roy – just discovered your blog after completing my self assessment tax return on line. The perfect antidote! Will re visit. Thanks for sharing so much beautiful poetry it really fed by soul today.


  5. Hi Roy,

    I couldn’t find your e-mail, and wanted to tell you about a couple of things that might interest you.

    Firstly, I am delighted to say that booking is now open for Writing West Midlands’ new National Writers’ Conference, which takes place at University of Birmingham on Saturday 16th July 2016. The line-up of speakers and panellists is excellent – from Sathnam Sanghera (novelist, journalist, broadcaster) and Paul McVeigh (founder of the London Short Story Festival) to Jeremy Howe (Commissioning Editor, Radio Four Drama and Fiction) and Bali Rai (best-selling young adult writer), and all points between. You can find more details here and please do book early as this event will sell-out.

    Secondly, following on from the success of Being Human and the Hundred Years’ War, Midland Creative Projects’ new poetry-theatre show, Beyond the Water’s Edge, will premiere at the Coventry Belgrade Theatre on Friday 1st July 2016 (with a further two shows on Saturday 2nd July). A co-production with Bloodaxe Books, this show features three musicians/performers who will present thirty five wonderful poems from across the world. If you have seen previous shows I have produced you’ll know that this is genuinely ground-breaking work, wonderfully accessible and deeply moving. More details here.

    I do hope you can come to one or both of these excellent events. For more news please follow us on @WritingWestMids and @MidlandCreative and if you can help spread the word I would be most grateful.

    Best wishes,


    Jonathan Davidson


  6. Hi Roy Good to run into you today . Just bought one of your books look forward to reading it I will have to give you a copy of my bands CD’s one day.. be happy


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