Deborah Tyler-Bennett

During the Festival weekend at the Newton Building, Deborah Tyler Bennett will be running

    • Poetry Writing Workshop (Saturday 16th February, 12.15- 1.15pm).
    • Fiction Writing Workshop (Sunday 17th February) 1.30pm -3.30pm.
    • Drop-in workshop in the foyer – inspiring people to write using lace from the University Archives, as well as other objects and pictures.
    • Over-seeing the creation of a public poem – Hearts of Lace, encouraging everyone to add a couple of lines to the poem.


Deborah Tyler Bennett works as a poet for many national galleries and museums, including the Science Museum, National Gallery, The Collection, and the Usher Gallery.
She was recently resident poet for Sussex Day at the Royal Pavilion Tearooms, Brighton.
In summer 2010 she was a Poetry Lives Here resident writer at Keats House, Hampstead.
Many of her poems are influenced by vintage fashion which she collects and wears.


  • Revudeville (King’s England, 2011): sequences united by images from visual art
  • Pavilion (Smokestack, 2010): a collection set in Brighton and inspired by dandies
  • Clark Gable in Mansfield (King’s England, 2003), Her first collection, from which the title poem is published as the epilogue to Clark Gable in Pictures: Candid Images of the Actor’s Life, by Chrystopher J. Spicer (McFarland Books, 2011).
  • Mytton… Dyer… Sweet Billy Gibson… (Nine Arches Press, 2011)
  • Take Five (Shoestring, 2003), selected poems


Photo: Frances O’Donnell


Recent readings have included:
  • Castor and Pollux Modern Artwork (Brighton)
  • Beeston International Poetry Festival (Notts)
  • Keats Festival 2010/ 2011 (London)
  • Poetry in the Crypt (London)
  • Lowdham Book Festival


  • Scottish International Poetry Competition: The Hugh MacDiarmid Trophy 2001
  • Scottish International Poetry Competition: First prize in the Long Poem section 2005