Andrew Mitchell, A Short Biography
Born 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.
Dates are still to be agreed upon for two forthcoming readings of my work “Villa Diodati”. The first to be hosted by the British Library and the second by The University of New York. Continue reading
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
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
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