A former freelance writer, Graham Mort has worked as a poetry specialist, educational writer, editor, and tutor in a wide range of settings throughout the UK and overseas. Once Director of Studies for the Open College of the Arts, he is a Distance Learning and eLearning specialist. He is director of the PhD programme in Creative Writing at Lancaster and convenes the distance learning MA with Lee Horsley, designing new eLearning postgraduate programmes.
Graham was project leader of the British Council/Lancaster University African writers mentoring scheme, Crossing Borders (2001-2006). He was then the consultant and designer of a new British Council/Lancaster University project in Africa, Radiophonics (2006-2009), which developed new writing for radio in partnership with Nigerian and Ugandan FM stations. African research projects have has taken him to Uganda, Malawi, Kenya, Ghana, S. Africa, Zimbabwe and Nigeria in recent years. He was the UK adviser for, the Beyond Borders pan-African literature festival in Uganda in October 2005, an event hosted by the British Council and involving writers from the UK and 17 African countries. Graham was Chief Guest at the Femrite 'Reading Uganda' festival in 2010 and has continued to work with this writers' association on writing and editorial training projects. Graham has won Lancaster University 'Community' and 'Communications and Media' staff prizes for his work in Africa.
Graham is a member of the AHRC Peer Review College. His research interests include contemporary fiction and poetry, eLearning, literature development project design, emergent African writing and narratives of diaspora. He was a co-applicant on the ongoing Moving Manchester research project, which received an AHRC award of £365,000 to research the writings of migrant communities in Greater Manchester since 1960. Graham is director of the Centre for Transcultural Writing and Research which hosts the Tran-Scriptions seminar series on writing, location and culture, linking academic research to readings by contemporary writers - these will take place throughout 2009-10.
Graham's first collection of poems, A Country on Fire, won a major Eric Gregory award from the Society of Authors; Circular Breathing, was a Poetry Book Society recommendation. A new collection of poems, Visibility: New & Selected Poems, was published by Seren in 2007. He has also written short fiction and radio drama for BBC Radio 4 and performed his work at literature festivals and venues throughout the UK and overseas. He was winner of the Bridport International Short Story Prize, 2007; a collection of his short fiction, 'Touch', was published by Seren in March 2010 and won the Edge Hill Prize for a collection of short fiction in 2011.