Char March is a multi-award-winning poet, playwright and short fiction writer. Her credits include: five poetry collections, six BBC Radio 4 plays, seven stage plays and numerous short stories in anthologies and literary magazines. She has also featured in documentaries on BBC TV and radio. Char is Creative Writing Lecturer at Leeds College of Art & Design and MMU (Manchester Metropolitan University), and has been a Fellow at Hawthornden Trust twice. She has had a range of high-profile Writer-in-Residence posts, including for: Leeds Hospitals Trust; Ty Newydd (the National Writing Centre in Wales); the huge Pennine Watershed Initiative; and Hull University Business School.
Char has worked as a writer everywhere from bus stations to Opera North, and Literature Festivals to reservoirs. She has performed at masses of LitFests, including: Cheltenham, Fort William, Hebden Bridge, Huddersfield, Ilkley, Lancs, Leeds, Lincs, Lowdham, Off The Shelf, Vancouver, York, and literary events, incl. Tatton Park, Bronte Parsonage, Dove Cottage and Opera North.
She grew up in the grim industrial belt of Scotland and now lives in the trendiest bit of the Yorkshire Pennines. She loves mashed potato, laughing, kite-flying and making up her own strangely-Scandinavian-sounding language which she sings to herself when she thinks she’s alone.
Her Mum had 4 late miscarriages before Char was born. So, Char was born with the aid of an experimental drug that was banned when they found it wrecked the baby’s immune system. Char has had a long series of major health crises as a result of this drug, but hey – she’s alive! She made the decision not to have children herself, but loves cuddling babies (and handing them back when they start screaming!), and playing wildly daft games with kids.