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David Tait
"Writing a poem is a bit like picking a scab. You fear it might come to no good but you crack on anyway."

David Tait was born in Lancaster and has spent lots of time living, writing and eating in exotic places like Thailand and Leeds. He now divides his working life between working in a hostel in The Lake District and teaching English in Bangkok.

David is Poetry Editor for The Cadaverine and has recently been House Poet at Manchester Royal Exchange for the Carol Ann Duffy & Friends Poetry Series. In 2011 he will be running the Leeds Independent Poetry Press Festival (LIPPFest) – a showcase and celebration of the best writing from independent and small presses - along with a dedicated section for promoting the work of young writers.

He was long-listed for an Eric Gregory Award in 2010.


Suitcase/Earthquake (Erbacce Press, 2009)
The Cadaverine
Flax 022: An Elastic Sky
Gloom Cupboard
The Guardian
Like Starlings
New Departures
One Night Stanzas
Poetry & Audience
Giant Read
This Magazine
The Scribe
MA in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University
BA in English at University of Leeds

Writers I Like:
Charles Simic, Elizabeth Bishop, Katia Kapovitch, Michael Symmons Roberts, Kei Miller, John Glenday, Mark Doty, Clare Shaw, Frank O Hara, Carol Ann Duffy, Jo Shapcott, Banana Yoshimoto, JT Leroy, Angela Carter, Jeanette Winterson
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