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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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...

Facing Rob Roy (pop-up talk) / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2018-09-15T00:00:00Z">Sat 15 Sep 2018</span>Facing Rob Roy (pop-up talk) / Sat 15 Sep 2018

In books, films and musicals, Rob Roy has been celebrated for centuries as a ‘highland rogue’ but just how much is true? Discover the layers of fictio...

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...