Graham Mort has had a lengthy career as a freelance writer and artist in education, specialising in innovative combined arts projects. He has taught writing courses for the Arvon Foundation and Taliesin Trust and was director of studies for the Open College of the Arts, extending distance learning though new technology. He is currently professor of Creative Writing and Transcultural Literature, at Lancaster University where he directs the Centre for Transcultural Writing and Research. He has worked extensively on literature development projects in Africa for the British Council and for the University of Soran in Kurdistan. Amongst his many awards are the Edge Hill University Short Story Prize 2011, the Bridport Prize for the short story collection Touch (Seren 2010), Cheltenham Poetry Competition first prize (twice), a major Eric Gregory Award, two Duncan Lawrie prizes in the Arvon Foundation International Poetry competition and a Poetry Book Society recommendation. He released a book of poems, Cusp, published by Seren in 2011. His latest short story collection, Terroir (Seren), was published in 2015. His latest poetry collection, Black Shiver Moss, was published in June 2017.