Graham Palmer, writer

Graham Palmer, writer Collaborations welcome

Starting in the small press world of the 1980s, Graham co-founded Stride Magazine – one early reviewer commenting, ‘Palmer has the impressive gift of word economy, using a stark interplay of image and lyric to produce poems of depth and beauty.’

Since then he has dabbled with journalism and reviewing, written an ‘incisive’ study-guide on the Hound of the Baskervilles (so says the Sherlock Holmes Society of London) and published three books on writing for language-learners with Cambridge University Press, one of which was chosen by the English Language Gazette as their ‘Book of the Month’.

He's run various writing workshops (both evening and residential) and performed his own work at a variety of venues and events. His original research featured in the centennial Book of the Old Edinburgh Club and the creation of myths, how the past informs or misinforms the present, has been one of his consistent themes.

Despite his northern namesake, Graham has - unfortunately - never worked on the railway and does not talk in rhyming couplets.

He is currently working on a song cycle with composer Jenni Pinnock called Cracked Voices ( which gives voice to the lost tales and characters of the borderlands of North Hertfordshire and South Cambridgeshire and also a historical biography.

He is open to commissions, creative collaborations and running workshops.

Feedback from a school workshop:
"The atmosphere in the workshop was buzzing..." Laura Rawlings, Headteacher, Greneway Middle School

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Poetry for a devastated church / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2019-01-02T00:00:00Z">Wed 02 Jan 2019</span>Poetry for a devastated church / Wed 02 Jan 2019

ISBN 978-0-9524753-2-3 48pp One Tree Publishing (UK) The Cracked Voices 48 page pamphlet featuring the stories and poems from the lost borderla...

Everything changes: writing workshop / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2017-08-12T00:00:00Z">Sat 12 Aug 2017</span>Everything changes: writing workshop / Sat 12 Aug 2017

Royston Arts Festival Everything changes: A writing workshop exploring place and time Whether you’re a beginner in creative writing or a more ad...

We want to write your song! / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2017-05-16T00:00:00Z">Tue 16 May 2017</span>We want to write your song! / Tue 16 May 2017

The creators of a classical song cycle are asking the public for suggestions of who they should base their final song on. Composer Jenni Pinnock a...

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On The Heath | On the Edge / <span >Sat 30 Sep 2023</span> to <span  itemprop="endDate" content="2026-12-31T00:00:00Z">Thu 31 Dec 2026</span> <span>(3 years)</span>On The Heath | On the Edge / Sat 30 Sep 2023 to Thu 31 Dec 2026 (3 years)

A p|arts collaboration between Graham Palmer, James Palmer and Louis Holder. Two short films capturing Therfield Heath throughout the turning year ...

In Black &amp; White | Roger Britten | Royston&apos;s Printer / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2019-10-05T00:00:00Z">Sat 05 Oct 2019</span>In Black & White | Roger Britten | Royston's Printer / Sat 05 Oct 2019

For Black History month we celebrate the life of Roger Britten (1840-1883), Royston's first recorded black resident - Hear Boyz Choir (King James A...

Facing Rob Roy (pop-up exhibition) / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2018-09-13T00:00:00Z">Thu 13 Sep</span> to <span  itemprop="endDate" content="2018-10-06T00:00:00Z">Sat 06 Oct 2018</span> <span>(3 weeks)</span>Facing Rob Roy (pop-up exhibition) / Thu 13 Sep to Sat 06 Oct 2018 (3 weeks)

Celebrating the 200th anniversary of the publication of Walter Scott’s novel Rob Roy, this one-off pop-up exhibition explores the changing faces of Sc...

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Riddling at home! free resource pack from p|arts / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2020-06-01T00:00:00Z">Mon 01 Jun 2020</span>Riddling at home! free resource pack from p|arts / Mon 01 Jun 2020

Lockdown activity for kids (and their grown-ups) You’ll find them in Christmas crackers and The Hobbit. We all love a puzzle (except for Gollum whe...

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Making a Good Impression - Boyz Choir King James Academy RoystonMaking a Good Impression - Boyz Choir King James Academy Royston

This video and song forms part of the p|arts project: 'In Black & White | Roger Britten | Royston's Printer'. It celebrates the life of Roger Bri...