Roger Harvey was born in 1953 and grew up in Newcastle. He began writing in 1966, took a degree in Law, and trained as a teacher of English, History and Drama before working as a radio scriptwriter and producer of drama and commercials. At the same time he was establishing himself as a poet and was, for a short period in the 1970’s, editor of Poetry North East magazine. Since then a large number of his poems, articles, features, and stories have appeared in British and American magazines, as well as specially illustrated editions of selected poems. He was the first poet to read on BBC Radio1 and was a contributor to the largest anthology of foreign poetry produced in Russia. His work is published in Canada, Germany, France, Japan, and the U.S.A.
Roger’s first novel The Silver Spitfire was made into a 13-part radio serial, then published an audiobook. His play Prisoners
(and other works) has been produced for British radio and he has won many commercial radio awards.
His one-woman stage-play Guinevere-Jennifer toured in the North of England with Roger directing it himself.
Between writing and directing, Roger teaches students about creative writing, radio drama, and production techniques. An audio production of his play Asra! Asra!, about the love-life of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, was released on cassette. He wrote and directed the one-woman comedy play Money! Money! Money!, which toured the North of England, where the actress creates three diverse characters in rapid succession. He recently won the Cadenza Prize for Short Fiction and his latest book Poet on the Road--the intimate travelogue of his recent US “poetry tour” is now out.
His interests include photography, classic cars, music, walking, and enjoying the English countryside.
compiled by Nigel Deacon / Diversity website
Roger was heavily involved with Independent Radio Drama in the 1980s. He's written an interesting
account of this on our articles pages: click on
"It's Drama, but with Adverts"
to read it.
...Many thanks, Roger - N.D.
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