Gary Studley is a writer, artist & teacher. As previous chair of Deal Writers, member of SaveAs Writers & The Canterbury Laureate Squad, he runs workshops & performs for children & adults at Canterbury, Sandwich, Herne Bay, Broadstairs, Whitstable, Folkestone & Sittingbourne festivals.
In 2010 Gary created two mixed-age & multi-school poetry initiatives, Dots and Dashes & Smiles of Poems, with the latter anthology subsequently launched by Michael Rosen. He contributes poems & performs for many charities, including For Haiti, Children in Need, CND & Amnesty International. He is currently a commissioned poet & performer for SaveAs Writers’ 2016 competition, Rebellion, which features in Canterbury Festival’s Umbrella programme.
With colleague Luigi Marchini, in 2007 Gary co-founded monthly Live-Lit nights in Canterbury (currently held at The Jolly Sailor) & greatly enjoys compering, leading workshops, launching writers’ collections & performing his own emotive & vibrant poetry. In 2015, as Poet in Residence at Canterbury’s Roman Museum, Gary ran events for writers & public alike & his witty blogs can be found on the museum’s website.
Gary is published both on-line & in a wide selection of anthologies, including the three man collection, Stubborn Mule Orchestra & has won prizes for both prose & poetry, including UKC’s TS Eliot Prize & many shortlisted poems, 3rd Prize & Best Read in the Canterbury Festival’s Poet of the Year competitions.