Maureen Almond has been writing poetry since 1992. She graduated with an MA in poetry from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 2002 and gained the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in recognition of a thesis entitled ‘What Use is Poetry?’ on 10th October, 2013. She works in schools and communities and as an Adult Education tutor. Maureen has held residencies with BBC Radio Cleveland; Northern Disability Arts Forum, Stockton online, (a wide area network serving communities in Stockton on Tees, where she worked for a year); Newcastle Education Action Zone; Sunderland Education Action Zone, St. Luke’s Mental Hospital, Middlesbrough; the Bluecoat Arts Centre, Liverpool; Orange Young Writers’ Festival, King’s Manor School, Asian Women’s Writing Group; Pakistan Cultural Society, Newcastle; Berwickshire Community Safety Forum; Knowsley Writing Development Team and Darlington Borough Council, North Lodge Park, (a community project involving writing and public art).
She has read widely around the North East, and in Liverpool, London (Voicebox, Royal Festival Hall and The Troubadour) and at Corpus Christi College, Oxford.
Maureen was born in County Durham but has spent most of her life on Teesside. She is married and has one grown up daughter. A former Administrator and Personnel Manager, she now earns her living as a poet and poetry tutor.
Maureen can be reached by e-mail at: email@example.com