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Originally from Yorkshire, I've lived in London since 1998 and am a member of the Forest Poets writers group in Walthamstow. I've had three books of poems published by the Paekakariki Press: Euphrasy (2012), Walthamstow (2015) and To London (2017). I work for the charity Carers UK where for five years I coordinated an annual creative writing and photography competition.

My poems have been highly commended in the Poetry Society Stanza Competition, the Gerard Rochford Poetry Prize, The York Mix Poetry for Chidren Competition and the Poetry on the Lake Competition. They have also appeared in many anthologies and online and print magazines, as well as some more unusual places such as the World Championship Snooker programme and the Arsenal fanzine The Gooner!

To mark 1,000 sales of my Walthamstow and To London books, in 2019 I returned to my first (creative) love of photography and produced a series of prints of the poems and photos. Inspired by William Blake's etchings of his poems, during the past year  I have also been working on a series of illustrations to incorporate my poems. These prints are available from this site and from my Etsy shop.

Soho Pubs
To London

My most recent book, To London, was published in June 2017 and features illustrations by artist Kirsten Schmidt. It is available from Paekakariki Press, The Riverside Bookshop, E17 Art House, Here On Earth and Amazon.  A follow-up volume, To London Two, will be available in 2022.

In early 2021 (in the middle of the third Covid 19 lockdown), award-winning young filmmaker Emmanuel Li made a short film, Moments In Margins, about the creative relationship between me and our elder child Sofia, who is producing a series of illustrations for To London Two.

Michael Shann

poet and printmaker

"Just a quick email to say what a pleasure it was to come across your Walthamstow book of poems, which I devoured on this autumn morning and I will be recommending to friends. I like the simplicity of your language (but filled with meaning and emotion and appreciation for life). As a fellow E17 resident it was wonderful to read so many poems inspired by our borough." Lulu (Nov 2021)