Mal Dewhirst was appointed as the first ever Staffordshire Poet Laureate in 2012. He is a writer and film maker who lives in Tamworth.
His plays have been performed across the Midlands, including The Fell Walker in Tamworth and At the Crossroads at the Garrick in Lichfield, which was commissioned by the Lichfield Mysteries.
Mal has been poet in residence in a town market and an archaeological dig, his work has been published in many magazines and journals and also appeared on BBC Radio and Radio Wildfire.
He is also responsible for the Polesworth Poets Trail. Mal is a regular reader on the Midlands poetry scene and was part of the Coventry Cork Literature exchange in 2011, performing readings in Cork City and Limerick. As a film director Mal’s film Double Booked was shown at the Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival in Ireland in 2014.
His thoughts for the future is to continue to bring ground breaking writing to new audiences, always seeking to redefine boundaries, Mal also wants to develop and improvise new work as collaborations with other artists and performers in unexpected places as a melding of ideas, skills and talents.