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.

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


‘These are poems that hold words to the light until they catch it and flash with sudden truth.’ Andrew McCulloch, Times Literary Supplement.

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

Front Cover


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



Magazine publications

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, Morning Star,  Guardian online, The Butchers Dog , The High Window, The Compass, The Fenland Reed, Stand, Coast to Coast to Coast, Strix and Finished Creatures.

Other Writing

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

Roy’s short story ‘Late’ was highly commended in the Bare Fiction short story competition 2014  and published in Bare Fiction magazine.


Poems have won prizes or commendation in competitions including Ledbury, Battered Moons, Nottingham open, Wenlock International, East Midlands, Alan Sillitoe Prize,  Flarestack prize, William Soutar prize, Red Squirrel prize, Ashbourne Festival, 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), ‘The Pocket Poetry Book of Weddings’ and ‘The Pocket Poetry Book of Cricket’ (Paper Swans Press, 2018), and ‘Poems For the NHS  (Onslaught 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.

Workshops, Readings, Mentoring services.

Contact Roy by leaving a message in the comments at the bottom
of this page if you wish to discuss any of the above. 


You can read from a 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)

” … the sort of poems that are easy to read yet hard to write” (Tim Love).

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


  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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