Andy Humphrey

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Available to come to book groups? Yes
Available to give talks? Yes
Available for school visits? No

About Me
I was born and raised on the Wirral and I’ve lived in York since 2006 when my wife took a job in one of the local schools. I’ve been writing ever since I could hold a pen. As a student at Edinburgh University I became a poet for the first time. Poetry is now a bit of an addiction. My first book of original poems, A Long Way to Fall, was published in May 2013.

I’m a writer who juggles many different lives in the hope that somehow they all come together. By day I’m a part-time law student who also works for an advice charity dedicated to helping people at risk of becoming homeless. In between times I have a lively and varied role as a freelance writer and literary promoter. My first love is still poetry but I’ve also written scientific articles, non-fiction commissions for websites, and short stories, and I run a small but well-received literary blog under the pen name of The Poet’s Soapbox (

My poetry is heavily influenced by nature, myth and fairytale but I try to use it to tell contemporary stories. A lot of my poems are about love (and love gone wrong). Others are an attempt to understand the differences between people, or to make sense of a world which is sometimes unbearably cruel, and at other times fantastic and beautiful. Over 50 of my poems have been published in journals including Aesthetica, Beautiful Scruffiness, Envoi, Goblin Fruit, Monkey Kettle, Orbis and four Ragged Raven Press anthologies, and I’ve won a number of prizes in poetry competitions (including 3 First Prizes from the National Association of Writers’ Groups).

I’m very active on the York literary scene. For 5 years I was MC of The Speakers’ Corner open mic (, a meeting place for poets, storytellers and spoken word artists to come and perform their work. I have also chaired the York Writers group ( In 2011 I created Whisky and Words: events which combine creative writing workshops with tutored tastings of Scotch single malt whisky. My good friend Helen M Sant and I co-created a combined storytelling and poetry show called Telling the Fairytale, which featured in the 2013 York Literature Festival. I have also judged writing competitions for the Ryedale Book Festival, Speakeasy, and Harrogate and Ripon Writers.

I’m passionate about encouraging and promoting up-and-coming writers with talent. I spend a lot of time running workshops to help people improve and develop their craft as writers. At The Speakers’ Corner we offered guest feature slots to talented new local writers as well as established literary names, often giving future award winners their first opportunity to perform their work in public.

My favourite things include sunsets, fairy tales, whisky, folk music, ornithology and Dragons, and my proudest achievements include surviving three years in Milton Keynes.

My Book

Andy Humphrey A Long Way to FallA Long Way to Fall
Lapwing Press, 2013. Paperback/e-book
Genre: Poetry
Set in York? Partially
Description: Andy Humphrey’s poetry interweaves the timeless voices of nature, myth and fairy story with contemporary tales of love gained and lost, heartbreak and celebration. This debut collection gathers together 17 years’ worth of original poems including many prize winners in literary competitions.
Reviews: ‘Rich in honed descriptive detail that turns the ordinary into the startling’ Bob Beagrie
‘Intelligent but never elitist: we’re all invited to share’ Rose Drew
‘Poems of memory and loss, and of what it means to be human… a stunning debut’ James Nash
Read a sample: Here
Find out more and buy from: Author’s website l Publisher’s website

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