Author details

Kevin Cadwallender


I am a poet, writer and editor. Scottish National Poetry Slam Champion 2012-13. Commissioning Editor for Red Squirrel Press (Scotland) and run a poetry night in Edinburgh called 10RED. 

About writer's work

I write poetry and prose which focuses on people’s life experience and has its base in dirty realism with a surrealist twist. Often comedic but just as often serious. Poetry for the page and stage.

Websites featuring the author

Red Squirrel Press |Smokestack Books | Inpress Books | Iron Press

Current events and projects

I am available for readings, workshops on performance, publishing, poetry writing or readings of other poets work.

Other work

Voyages BBC Radio 4 Programme 2004 Soundscape Productions.
Dark: BBC Audiotech 2006 (Online Radio)
Angelus Septentrio: Poetry Film . Director Anton Hecht. 2008
Around the world in 80 Lines. Director Anton Hecht. 2006
Falling Down. Director Anton Hecht. 2007
Better Days: A Filmpoem. Directed by Alistair Cook. 2012

I am available for readings, workshops on performance, publishing, poetry writing or readings of other poets work.


Shortlisted for Sony Radio Award for BBC Radio 4 Soundscape Productions, Voyages
Nominated for Clarion Award for same programme, producer Andy Cartwright
Shortlisted for Raymond Williams Community Publishing Award for book of Voyages
Red Squirrel Press Award 2007 for contribution to poetry in North East England
Rio Café Poetry Slam Glasgow Poetry Slam: Runner Up, 2011
BBC  Festival Fringe Slam: Runner up 2011
Scottish National Slam: Aye Write Festival: Winner 2012
Coup Du Monde: World Slam Championship Semi Finalist, 2012

Forthcoming publications
The South Face of Groucho Marx (with Aidan Halpin) (RSP) 2014
Sugartown: Novella (RSP) 2014

As Editor

10RED Anthology forthcoming 2014 Red Squirrel Press
‘Coogit Bairns’ Collected Work of Sandie Craigie 2014 Red Squirrel Press
Edited HYBRID magazine. SAND anthology and co-ordinated SAND chapbook press
Scottish Commissioning Poetry Editor for Red Squirrel Press
DREY Magazine Editor 2010-201
By Grand Central Station We Sat Down and Wept RSP 2011
Bee Poetry Postcard Series 1-50  2007 (with Deborah Murray)
Blinking Eye Anthology 2007 primary round judge
Smelter (Mudfog Press 2005) Co-editor with Cynthia Fuller. Poets from the TeesValley
Biscuit Anthology 2004 Poetry Judge for anthology. Competition
Views of Views (Great North Forest 2003). Artbook
The Big Red Yonkly (Rookbook 1998). Edinburgh Writers
Poetry Editor for Get Rhythm music magazine
Twelve pamphlets under HYBRID imprint and further pamplets under SAND imprint and BEE postcard book


AssociateTutorUniversity of Sunderland Teaching as part of the B.A. in Creative Writing
Poetry Tutor : Portobello Library : Inky Fingers Community Project
Poet in Residence St. Andrews Creative Places 2012-13
‘Poet on the Bus’ Imagine Dunfermline Residency 2010 - reading poems on public transport buses
Writer in Residence/Lead Artist  at Catcote Special Needs School in Hartlepool for ARTS UK
Co-ordinating Poetry, Drama, Dance, Video and Voice workshops 2005
Writer in Residence Dawdon Groundwork Trust 2004 Workshops and exhibition with young people.
With photographer Alan Sill.
Writer in Residence at James Cook University Hospital.  Interviewing spinal injury patients, staff and families. Book Voyages Poetry documentary in association with Cleveland Arts. Working with Glass artist Brigit Jones and Designer Colin Hagen 2003

Poet in Residence for Durham County Council Arts and Libraries and Museums based at the DLIMuseum in DurhamCity 2002 Lead artist running school workshops in primary and secondary settings, workshops in libraries, organizing mini-residencies in  a variety of unusual settings with other writers. Editing book of these residencies, compiling CD ‘Stake Out’ and organizing grand finale show at Durham County Hall.

Writer in Residence in The Year of the Artist at the Sunderland Echo.

Working on stories with journalists, writing poems and prose about stories. Work in schools.

Writer in Residence The Great North Forest project for Groundwork Trust. ‘Views of Views’ Book  and animated films by Robert Jefferson and Three Bears animation, Producer Deborah Hunter.

Writer in Residence Co-op in Cumbria Workshops and readings in schools and colleges as well as in supermarkets, bookshops and on radio and television.


Local authority where they are based


Local authorities where they can work

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll and Bute, Clackmannanshire, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles), Dumfries and Galloway, Dundee, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow, Highland, Inverclyde, Midlothian, Moray, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Orkney, Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders, Shetland, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian, Other

Age groups


LL funded


BRAW network


Author type

Performance Poet, Poet, Writer



Books written

Colouring in Guernica

Author(s): Kevin Cadwallender
Cadwallender’s work will live when much of the highly-praised twaddle of our time his been consigned to due oblivion.

Baz Uber Alles: The Complete Baz Poems

Author(s): Kevin Cadwallender
Published by Dog Eater Press.


Author(s): Kevin Cadwallender
Kevin Cadwallender is one of the brightest poets in the North of England today. PUBLIC is his first collection.

Defragmenting Sappho

Author(s): Kevin Cadwallender
Kevin Cadwallender has taken the torn cloths of Sappho's poems, grafted them together with his own crafted words and has created a seamless garment.

Dances with Vowels

Author(s): Kevin Cadwallender
Kevin Cadwallender was raised by a pack of vowels but found himself in a land of no sun, scant noons and jive cadets. Poetry came to him as a scrabble board of acne mists and algae guns.

Sagrada Familia (uncollected poems)

Author(s): Kevin Cadwallender
Kevin Cadwallender is the father of Matt, Shani, Charlie and Ellis and also writes poems. In this book some of them are printed.