Hello, I’m Mike Farren. I’m a writer, editor, poet, copywriter and publisher based in Shipley, West Yorkshire.
I write news, features, profiles and reviews for a number of print and online publications, including Saltaire Review, Bradford Review, Bingley Review and The State of the Arts.
As an editor, I have worked on a wide variety of academic books and journals, and have held the roles of Guest Editor for the Saltaire Review, and Written Word Editor for The State of the Arts.
My short stories have recently been published in Some Assembly Required, while my poetry has appeared in journals and anthologies, including Ink, Sweat and Tears, The Interpreter’s House and the Valley Press Anthology of Yorkshire Poetry (alongside poets such as Carol Ann Duffy and Ian McMillan).
My debut poetry pamphlet, Pierrot and His Mother, was published by Templar Poetry in 2017, following a launch event at Keats House in London. I am one of the hosts of the Rhubarb Open Mic night at the Triangle, Shipley, a member of Beehive Poets and Wharfedale Poets, and on the board of the Bradford Poetry Foundation.
I publish under the imprint Ings Poetry, whose first anthologies, Sunlight, Shadow and Sin, and Un/forced appeared in 2017 on behalf of Wharfedale Poets and Rhubarb Open Mic respectively.
I also offer copywriting and proofreading services, and when not involved in writing, I love walking, running, philosophy, rugby league and cricket, and am an active member of Shipley Little Theatre.
As he moves through the miles, the hurdy-gurdy of the radio is just a denser silence, and the motorway lights are a myriad false suns.
- Winter Journey