Mark Connors

Mark Connors - author and poet

Ilkley Literature Festival's Open Mic winner for 2014!

"The voices of the characters in his novels never drop a note."
Barrie Sherwood, Author of Escape from Amsterdam (Granta Books 2007)

"What I enjoy about Mark Connors’ poems is their moving blend of personal and the public subjects, their comic and their tragic voices and their straightforward honesty."
Antony Dunn, Author of Bugs (Carcanet/OxfordPoets 2009)

"Mark Connors paints with words. On the page or shared at an open mic, Mark transports the reader and touches the listener."
Rose Drew, Stairwell Books


Mark Connors

Mark Connors is an award-winning writer from Leeds, UK. His poetry has appeared in various anthologies including Out of Ilkley (Ilkley Literature Festival, 2010), Still Life With Wine and Cheese (Stairwell Books, 2014), How Am I Doing For Time (2014) and The Garden (OWF Press, 2014), alongside poets such as Simon Armitage, Andrew Motion, Antony Dunn and Kate Fox. Mark has had over sixty poems published in magazines, including Envoi, Dream Catcher, Prole, Sarasvati, Dawntreader, The Alarmist and The Word.

His debut pamphlet, Life is a Long Song was published by Otley Word Feast Press in 2015 and is now available to purchase here.

Mark's debut novel, Stickleback will be published by Armley Press in 2016. Mark has also completed his second novel, Tom Tit and the Maniacs. He is currently at work on his third novel.

Mark's award winning short fiction has won him prizes and commendations at North London Literature Festival (2013), The Dartmoor Literature Festival (Chagword 2013), Otley Word Feast (2014) and he won the prestigious Ilkley Literature Festival Open Mic (2014).

Mark regularly features as a guest compere for literature events and he runs his own monthly open mic night called WORD CLUB at The Chemic Tavern in Leeds.

Mark is also a singer/songwriter and works with the musician, Neil Atkinson. Atkinson & Connors are currently writing and recording material with a view to seeking a publisher for their music.

You can email Mark at