Amanda Dalton was born and brought up in Coventry. She has worked as an English teacher and Deputy Headteacher in comprehensive schools in Leicestershire and as Centre Director for the Arvon Foundation at Lumb Bank, its writing centre in Yorkshire. In 2005-6 she held the Fellowship in Creative Writing at Leeds University and is currently Honorary Fellow in the Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University. She regularly teaches creative writing and is currently an Associate Artist at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre, Visiting Teaching Fellow (Script and Poetry) at Manchester Metropolitan University’s Writing School. From September 2018 she’ll also be a Royal Literary Fund Fellow.
CURRENTLY WORKING ON: Virginia Woolf’s Orlando poetry commission for BBC Radio 3, and Royal Exchange Theatre original writing commission.
NOTHING (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester) 2017
Adapted from the novel by Janne Teller. Winner of MTA Youth Award 2017.
POWDER MONKEY (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester) 2010 and 2011
STRAWGIRL (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester) 2007
Commissioned play adapted from the novel by Jackie Kay.
MULGRAVE (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester) 2005
Commissioned site-specific drama. Wilson+Wilson Co.
DOG BOY (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester) 2004
Commissioned original drama
SECRET HEART ((Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester) 2002
Adaptation of novel by David Almond, for theatre
MAPPING THE EDGE (Sheffield) 2001
Site specific commission staged around Sheffield in September 2001, a ‘WilsonWilson Company’ co-production with Sheffield Theatres.
THE SUMMER BOOK (BBC Radio 4) 2018
Adaptation of Tove Jansson’s book.
LOVE HENRY JAMES (BBC Radio 4) 2017
Adaptations of What Maisie Knew, The Aspern Papers and Daisy Miller
THREE SOLDIERS (BBC Radio 4) 2015
MIDNIGHT CRY OF THE DEATHBIRD (BBC Radio 3) 2012
Inspired by the classic silent film NOSFERATU
HOWARDS END (BBC Radio 4) 2009
Adapted from the novel by EM Forster
CALIGARI (BBC Radio 3) 2008
Inspired by The Cabinet of Dr Caligari, dir. Wiene 1919.
SPELLBOUND (BBC Radio 4) 2008
Adapted from THE HOUSE OF DOCTOR EDWARDES by Francis Beeding and SPELLBOUND, the film dir. Alfred Hitchcock.
I RAN FOR MILES (BBC Radio 4) 2007
1 of 3 x 45 minute episode drama on adoption: SECOND CHANCES
HER THINGS (BBC Radio 4) 2006
Short story commission for Manchester Literature Festival, “Hidden Manchester” – inspired by Greater Manchester Police Museum.
STRIKE (BBC Radio 4) 2006
Friday night play. Shortlisted for BAFTA Mental Health Award.
THE PENNINE WAY (BBC Radio 4) 2005
Commissioned short story
BENEATH DRY LAND (BBC Radio 4) 2004
45 minute original drama with Alan Southgate.
NO HARM (BBC Radio 4) 2004
LOST IN SPACE (BBC Radio 4) 2003
Shortlisted for BAFTA Mental Health Award.
I THINK I COULD TURN AND LIVE WITH ANIMALS (BBC Radio 4) 2002
DRIFT (BBC Radio Drama) 2001
Poetry Text commissioned by BBC Radio Drama for EBU Drama Workshop, Slovak Radio
MEDEA: MAPPING THE EDGE (BBC Radio 3) 2001
DESIRE LINES (BBC Radio 4) 2000
ROOM OF LEAVES (BBC Radio 4) 1998
BBC Prix Italia entry. Shortlisted for BAFTA Mental Health Award.
STRAY (Bloodaxe Books) 2012
HOW TO DISAPPEAR (Bloodaxe Books)
Shortlisted for Forward Prize for Best First Collection
Individual poems in journals, anthologies and National press 1998 – 2008 inc: Blade, Bound Spiral, The Guardian, The Independent, Kunapipi, London Magazine, Myslexia, The North, The Rialto, Smiths Knoll, Soundings, Stand, Staple, Writing Women etc..
Chapters on Shaping and Characterization in poetry for The Creative Writing Coursebook ed. Julia Bell and Paul Magrs. pub. Macmillan 2002, articles re poetry in Myslexia, The Independent.
Poems in anthologies inc: THE FORSAKEN MERMAN (Hodder & Stoughton 1998), LAST WORDS (ed. Don Paterson & Jo Shapcott. Picador 1999, HAND IN HAND (ed. Carol Ann Duffy. Picador 2001), OVERHEARD ON A SALTMARSH (ed. Carol Ann Duffy, Picador 2003), WOMEN’S WORK (Seren).
ROOM OF LEAVES (Sunk Island) 1996
THE DAD-BABY (Waldean Press) 1995
Bursaries, Awards and Prizes
Arts Council of England (Yorkshire) major Writers Award January – September 2007: “Time and Space”: to develop poetry collection.
2007 prizewinner in Troubadour poetry prize.
STRIKE Shortlisted for BAFTA Mental Health Award 2006.
Selected one of top 20 “Next Generation Poets” PBS / Guardian 2004.
LOST IN SPACE Shortlisted for BAFTA Mental Health Award 2003
PAL (Performing Arts Labs) Theatre For Young People – one of 10 selected participants on 10 day residential writing programme. December 2001
Yorkshire Arts (ACE) R & D Award ( as one of 3 artists in Desire Paths Project) 2000.
ROOM OF LEAVES BBC Prix Italia Competition Entry for UK, Shortlisted for Sony Award, Shortlisted for BAFTA Mental Health Award.
HOW TO DISAPPEAR Shortlisted Forward Prize Best First Collection 999
Yorkshire Arts (ACE) Writers’ Bursary 1999 (£2000)
Bridport Poetry Competition prizewinner 1997 (HOW TO DISAPPEAR)
Desire Paths Project (as one of 3 named artists) ‘Arts For Everyone’ Grant (ACE) (£5000) 1997
National Poetry Competition, one of 10 prizewinners 1996 (OUT OF THE BLUE)
National poetry Competition runner-up 1994 (FISHERMAN’S TALE
East Midlands Arts (ACE) Writers’ Bursary (£2000) 1994