C J Allen

C J Allen came to poetry via the comedian Ken Dodd, whose radio shows taught him, he says, “about the power of language harnessed to a keen sense of rhythm and timing.” He achieved “45 glorious seconds of radio fame” when he wrote and sold a commercial radio jingle for Morrison’s supermarkets in 1976.  One of his poems is engraved on a granite rock in the Derbyshire Peaks, others have appeared in Poetry Review and Modern Painters.

He withdrew his poem Explaining the plot of Blade Runner to my mother who has Alzheimer’s from the 2013 Forward Prizes after admitting that he has plagiarised other writers in earlier work. He does however insist this particular poem – shortlisted for the Best Single Poem award – is entirely his own work.