‘Rebellious by nature, pure at heart' - The Times of India
'John Siddique's poetry takes the reader on a journey, crossing the border country between love and loss. Interested in exploring opposite worlds and seeming contradictions; sometimes steamy, often moving, his poetry is a brilliant balancing act.’ - Jackie Kay
'A stellar British poet' - The Spectator
'A poet full of surprises and racing energy' - The Rialto
'One of the best poets of our generation'- Bina Shah
John's Book Club Podcast
I'm currently running a weekly reading group for the Royal Literary Fund called 'Reading Rounds.' Each week after the group I share what we have been reading, and some insights and inspirations through our video channel, and as a podcast on iTunes. Do join us as we travel the world a story and a poem at a time.
Two poems The Years Ahead Are Heavy, and Last Skies of The Year appear in the December 2017 issue of Wasifiri, One of the foremost magazines of international writing. I'm deeply happy to publish these two poems with them which I feel are some of my best recent writings.
'EAT THESE POEMS' - A Bloomsbury Poetry Anthology All About Food
My poem Unexpected Guests will appear in this collection from Bloomsbury in the Autumn of 2018.
How Writing Changes The Writer - A Royal Literary Fund Podcast
In this short recording I explore how writing has changed this writer across the span of his life, in many ways taking him to a place of greater authenticity and meaning.
BBC Radio 3 - The Essay ' The Culture of Partition'
My essay for BBC Radio 3 ‘The Culture of Partition,’ aired recently, and is available on BBC iPlayer. It is also available as a download, so that you might listen to it anywhere you wish.
Appearances, Readings and Events
John will be giving a talk at the Bronte Museum in Haworth as part of This, That and 'The Other,' on 28th July