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Literary Agent: Catherine Pellegrino www.catherinepellegrino.co.uk


Pete Kalu: story weaver, storyteller, novelist, poet, mentor, workshop facilitator…director, event manager… curious, eclectic, committed to spreading wonder,  curiosity…. hugging doubt…equality….compassion…collaboration… working to develop artists and staff… the importance of kindness to bring out the best….giving feedback that encourages ……..strengths…… Manchester museum video poet… Whitworth Art gallery researcher-poet… ten Manchester Museums bicentenary lead artist… joyously working with other artists …open to influence from all other art forms and artists…

Some Publications, Awards and Funding:


AHRC PhD Scholarship Award (Lancaster University) 2014


Elected Fellow, Royal Society for the Arts (FRSA) 2013
How You Wear Your Hat, poem published in The Hat You Wear, Comma Press 2012
Old Radicals poem, published in Out of Bounds (anthology) Bloodaxe, 2012
Manchester, Poem, published as wall poster, by Urbis Museum, Manchester 2010
No Trace monologues for Lychee Lounge, Green Room Manchester October 2003
Rekindled monologues for Manchester Museum June 2003
Mongrel Moon collected works, published by Mongrel Press, November 1996
The Poet’s Song, published in KISS  (anthology) Crocus 1994

Storytelling tour, Beirut, Lebanon (British Council) 2012
Storytelling Event, Hong Kong (British Council) 2011
Storytelling tour, Pakistan, 2007
Commissioned by BBC to provide advice on storytelling 2007:
Over 200 storytelling bookings in UK from 2005 to date


Winner, BBC-Contact Theatre Dangerous Comedy Competition 2003

Winner, Bradford International Short Play 2002
Liverpool Black Film Festival for No Trace – ‘Best Pitch’ Award 2002
BBC Young Playwrights Festival Award Winner 1991

 Research Experience:
Consultative Panellist, Researcher: ‘Revealing Histories’ Manchester Ten Museums Consortium Project: Bicentenary of the Parliamentary Abolition of The Trade In Slaves 2007     http://revealinghistories.org.uk

Advisory Group, AHRC funded, Moving Manchester/Mediating Marginalities project (How the experience of migration has informed the work of writers from 1960 to the present) 2006-2010  http://www.transculturalwriting.com/movingmanchester/team.htm

Residencies & Visiting Artist:
Visiting Artist, HMP Manchester 2010
Guest writer, Arvon Foundation, Totleigh Barton, 1995

Guest writer, Arvon Foundation, Lumb Bank 1994
Manchester Schools Residency (via BAA)  1993
Time Travellers, Roman History In Action, Hull 1992

Visiting Artist, HMP Manchester 1999
Visiting Artist, HMP Hindley 1999


Zombie XI (YA) HopeRoad 2016

Being Me (YA) HopeRoad 2015

The Silent Striker (YA) HopeRoad 2015
Little Jack Horner (thriller) Suitcase  2007

Yard Dogs ( thriller) The X Press , October 2001
Diary of a househusband (comedy) The X Press 1998
Black Star Rising   (sci-fi) The X Press   June 1998
Professor X ( thriller) The X Press , October 1995.

Lick Shot (thriller) X Press 1993

Press Coverage & Reviews:

Coverage of The Silent Striker novel: http://www.duniamagazine.com/2015/08/pete-kalu-tells-the-story-of-a-football-genius-in-new-book-silent-striker/

BBC: Delivering advice for storytellers: http://www.bbc.co.uk/newtalent/writing/advice_kalu.shtml
Yush Black Lifestyle Magazine: General interview: http://yush.com/peter-kalu-yours-eclectically.htm

Storytelling Review by blogger: Manchester Literature Festival: (‘Peter Kalu – a genius of storytelling and verse’!) http://freshscribble.blogspot.co.uk/

Storytelling Review: Lancashire County Council 2004 http://www3.lancashire.gov.uk/corporate/news/press_releases/2004/10/12/0001.asp

Storytelling Review: Time To Read 2004 http://www.time-to-read.co.uk/Feature/2004/december.asp


Dr Virinder Kalra, Senior Lecturer, University of Manchester  School of Social Sciences    virinder.kalra@manchester.ac.uk

Deyika Nzeribe, Chair, Commonword/Cultureword new writing development agency deyika@yahoo.com



Bio (150 words)

Peter Kalu writes poetry, fiction and plays. He cut his teeth as a member of the Moss Side Write black writers workshop and has had eight novels, two film scripts and three theatre plays produced to date.  He has a degree in Law and further qualifications in coding and marketing. For four years he ran a  Carnival Band called Moko Jumbi (Ghosts of the Gods) which took to the streets at Manchester Carnival  on three feet high stilts. He is a final year AHRC Scholarship PhD researcher at Lancaster University. He continues to practice tightrope walking and hat juggling.