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John Greening has just completed two years as Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at Newnham College, Cambridge ( and is about to start as a lector in the RLF Reading Round Series at St Neots Museum, Cambridgeshire. He has been invited to speak on Edmund Blunden at the Harry Ransom Center (University of Texas, in December 2017, and at Baylor (Texas) and the University of Ohio late in 2018.

He was a Tutor alongside poet Jo Bell for the Arvon Foundation at The Hurst in late 2016 ( and has run courses for The Poetry School, for whom he also chaired the 2016 T.S.Eliot Prize Preview at the Southbank Centre, London. His popular poetry workshop at the Indian King Arts Centre, Cornwall ran for over ten years and has included established poets and relative beginners, many of whom have gone on to publish in magazines or to bring out full collections.  In 2010 he was invited to become a Fellow of the English Association.

He has lectured on Jon Silkin (the first Memorial Lecture), Vernon Watkins (at the Swansea Dylan Thomas Festival) and recently on the poets of the First World War at Ledbury Festival. He has published student guides to both the Poets of the First World War and to W.B.Yeats.  These books are suitable for A-level or university students as well as for the general reader.

John Greening taught English at Kimbolton School in Cambridgeshire – where Catherine of Aragon died and Sir John Popham (judge of Guy Fawkes and Walter Raleigh) once lived.  For many years he and his colleague, the Peterloo poet Stuart Henson
ran a series of poetry readings in the Saloon of Kimbolton Castle.

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