R. M. Francis is a writer from the Black Country. He completed his PhD at the University of Wolverhampton, where he is lecturer in Creative and Professional Writing. He's the author of five poetry Chapbook collections: Transitions; (The Black Light Engine Room, 2015) Orpheus; (Lapwing Publications, 2016) Corvus' Burnt-wing Love Balm and Cure-All; (The Black Light Engine Room Press, 2018); Lamella (Original Plus Chapbooks, 2019) and Fieldnotes from a Deep Topography of Dudley (Wild Pressed Books 2019). His debut novel, Bella and his novella, The Wrenna, was published with Wild Pressed Books. His poetry collection, Subsidence was published by Smokestack Books. He co-edited the Palgrave MacMillan Book, Smell, Memory and Literature in the Black Country, with Sebastian Groes. He's the editor of the anthology of place-writing - New Towns (Wild Pressed Books, 2020) In spring 2019 he became the inaugural David Bradshaw Writer in Residence at Oxford University. He is currently the poet in residence for the Black Country Geological Society.
Based at The Weston Library and Worcester College at the University of Oxford R. M. Francis was the inaugural David Bradshaw Writer in Residence in Spring 2019. Running creative writing workshops and producing new original work, inspired by Oxford City and the Complete Works of Evelyn Waugh. Read more about this exciting project here