John Fennelly was born in London but currently lives in Manchester, where he completed an MA in Creative Writing at MMU’s Writing School. He is a poet, teacher and workshop facilitator. His work has been published in Avis Magazine, The Long White Thread of Words – Poems for John Berger, (Smokestack, 2016) and commended in the Bridport and Bare Fiction Prizes. In 2015 he began the popular ‘Verse Box’ open mic series in Manchester and in 2016 helped to co-found ‘Black Cat Poets’. He has regularly performed at events in London, Manchester and elsewhere. He currently works as ‘House Poet’ at MMU’s Writing School.