Ben Wilkinson was born in Stafford in 1985, and now lives in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. He is the author of two pamphlets of poems: The Sparks (tall-lighthouse, 2008), and For Real (Smith|Doorstop, 2014), and winner of the Poetry Business Competition 2013-14, judged by Carol Ann Duffy. He is working on a sequence, Kopite Sonnets, commemorating the legendary players and managers of Liverpool Football Club. His poem John Barnes recently won the Offside Stories: The Pride and the Passion competition; the sonnet King Kenny appeared in the Official Liverpool FC Monthly Magazine. Among other things he works as a critic, reviewing new poetry for The Guardian and The Times Literary Supplement.
At the Northern Writers’ Awards 2014, he was awarded £2,000 to support the development of his debut full-length collection of poetry.
The Sparks (tall-lighthouse, 2008)
The Salt Book of Younger Poets (Salt Publishing, 2011)
For Real (Smith|Doorstop, 2014)