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McFarlane, Roy

Roy McFarlane

Elected: 2023

Roy McFarlane is a poet, playwright and former Youth & Community worker born in Birmingham of Jamaican parentage, living in Brighton. He’s the National Canal Laureate, a former Birmingham Poet Laureate and was one of the Bards of Brum who performed in the Opening Ceremony for Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022. His debut collection, Beginning With Your Last Breath, was followed by The Healing Next Time, shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award and longlisted for the Jhalak Prize. His third collection, Living by Troubled Waters, was published in 2022.

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