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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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...

Cracked Voices / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2017-02-01T00:00:00Z">Wed 01 Feb 2017</span>Cracked Voices / Wed 01 Feb 2017

Cracked Voices is an exciting collaboration between writer Graham Palmer and composer Jenni Pinnock which will result in a new 30 minute song cycle. ...

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Cracked Voices  (premiere) / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2018-03-10T00:00:00Z">Sat 10 Mar 2018</span>Cracked Voices (premiere) / Sat 10 Mar 2018

Ordinary people. Extraordinary lives. This 'incredible project' (Cambridge105) gives voice to forgotten characters from the borderlands of Hertford...

Cracked Voices pop-up talk / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2018-02-24T00:00:00Z">Sat 24 Feb 2018</span>Cracked Voices pop-up talk / Sat 24 Feb 2018

Hear one of the stories behind the Cracked Voices song-cycle (more details: What did Alfred J Christiansen see at the prisone...

Everything changes: A writing workshop exploring place and time / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2017-09-23T00:00:00Z">Sat 23 Sep 2017</span>Everything changes: A writing workshop exploring place and time / Sat 23 Sep 2017

Whether you’re a beginner in creative writing or a more advanced writer looking for ideas, this half-day workshop will help you shape a setting for yo...