‘Rebellious by nature, pure at heart' - The Times of India
'John Siddique's poetry takes the reader on a journey, crossing the border country between love and loss. Interested in exploring opposite worlds and seeming contradictions; sometimes steamy, often moving, his poetry is a brilliant balancing act.’ - Jackie Kay
'A stellar British poet' - The Spectator
'A poet full of surprises and racing energy' - The Rialto
'One of the best poets of our generation'- Bina Shah
Two poems The Years Ahead Are Heavy, and Last Skies of The Year will appear in the December 2017 issue of Wasifiri Magazine. Wasifiri is one of the best magazines in the world for inclusive writing, and I'm deeply happy to publish these two poems with them which I feel are some of my best recent writings.
Yorkshire Poetry Anthology
My poem Wuthering Heights appears alongside poems by the likes of Ian MacMillan, Carol Ann Duffy, Ian Duhig, Andrew MacMillan and more, in Valley Press' wonderful new Anthology of Yorkshire Poetry.
A Love Letter To Poet Mary Oliver
(For The Royal Literary Fund)
Here is a short podcast love letter from yours truly, in honour of one of our greatest living poets, and a poem of hers that quite literally saved me during one of the darkest periods of my life, when suffering from crippling depression.
Depression & Mental Health is something we need to talk more lovingly and vulnerably about. I hope these few minutes of sharing my heart add a little inspiration to your day. Bless the RLF for their astounding openness in giving me this space to discuss this difficult area.
Please share this with anyone you think would find it helpful.
Royal Literary Fund Interview With John
In this interview/podcast I explore how literature can a proxy family for those growing up in difficult circumstances, and we discuss the power and the uses of colours in my work.
Appearances, Readings and Events
Journaling - Hebden Bridge
29 July 10am - 1pm
Venue: The Business Lounge, Hebden Bridge Town Hall
Keeping a written or visual journal is an incredible developmental holistic practice for moving forward with work, creativity, health and our lives. In these sessions we will practically share and explore some of the most effective & creative ways of using this amazing tool. Centred around life writing, memoir, and authentic self-development, this session will be of value to both beginners and the most experienced writers alike.
Places are limited to 20 people per session.
Please bring a notebook and pen with you.
Session fee £30 (Please contact us by mail to book a place and to pay)
Hebden Bridge is easily reachable from Manchester and Leeds and all surrounding areas by road & rail.
Average journey time from the cities is around 45 minutes, and only 3½ Hours from London.