Andrew Mitchell, A Short Biography

Portrait of Andrew MitchellBorn in Shipley, West Yorkshire, Andrew Mitchell made a number of recordings with writers in the 1990s for BBC Radio 3 and 4, scripting, interviewing, editing and presenting. He also made recordings for Peterloo Poets and independent archives.

People Andrew Mitchell has worked with include: Christopher Reid, Andrew Motion, Sean O’Brien, U.A.Fanthorpe, Gary Geddes (Canada), Jon Silkin, Derick Thomson (Scotland) and Iain Crichton Smith. Andrew Mitchell’s Radio 3 feature, ‘The Island is Always with You’, was selected for ‘Pick of the Week’.

Some of his archive materials are now held in collections, including the National Libraries of Scotland and Canada along with the Harry Ransom Research Center, Austin, Texas and the National Portrait Gallery, London.

Leaving teaching, Andrew Mitchell began to write, and has so far completed a historical novel, Callum’s Kingdom set in 19th Century Scotland and Canada and a free verse masque on Shakespeare’s Dark Lady.

He has also published four long poem sequences.

  • Saltaire (2002)
  • Taking You Home (2006).
  • Darwin, a Voyage of Ideas (2009)
  • The Burial of Lord Byron (2013)

The Darwin poems formed a multi-media presentation on the BBC Big Screen in Bradford, were read to the International Darwin Conference at the University of Bradford in September 2009.  They have now been selected for the V & A Museum Illustrated Book Collection.

News:

Darwin and the Voyage of HMS Beagle

Darwin and the Voyage of HMS Beagle

November 12 2014 11.30-12.30 sees a return to the Literary Leicester Festival with a performance of Darwin and the Voyage of HMS Beagle Continue reading

V&A London’s National Art Library

V&A London’s National Art Library

Following publication of ‘The Burial of Lord Byron’ this has joined ‘Darwin, A Voyage of Ideas’ in the National Art Archive at the V&A Continue reading

The One Show BBC 1 on Delius

The One Show BBC 1 on Delius

April saw an appearance on BBC Television’s The One Show to talk about the composer Frederick Delius and his music On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring – see my web page. June saw the publication of my latest poem … Continue reading

Current News

Readings and publications are due to happen in 2013. Here are selected items: Delius: The Delius poem from the Saltaire sequence is to be recorded along with talk of Delius’s links with Ilkley, for BBC Television’s ‘The One Show’ in … Continue reading

Death of Professor Derick Thomson

Death of Professor Derick Thomson

Derick died aged 90 on 21 March 2012. His enormous contribution to Gaelic culture has been recorded in the press. My own special memory is taking him back to the Isle of Lewis with Iain Crichton Smith to make a … Continue reading

Fortnightly Review

Fortnightly Review

My article on Wordsworth and Coleridge is to be found on the Fortnightly Review web site Continue reading

Pictures from Galloway

Pictures from Galloway

Following a photo Shoot on the Solway with Scottish harpist Wendy Stewart, we recorded some of the Taking You Home poems, which are now on You Tube at wordworthywriting and can be seen on the Taking You Home page of … Continue reading