Roy McFarlane

Roy McFarlane is a Poet, Playwright and former Youth & Community Worker born in Birmingham of Jamaican parentage spending most of his years living in Wolverhampton and the Black Country, now residing in Brighton. Presently Canal Laureate and Birmingham & Midlands Institute resident poet. A well-loved and established poet, he’s held the role of Birmingham Poet Laureate, and Starbucks Poet in Residence.


Roy wrote and performed in the Opening Ceremony Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games as one of the Bards of Brum. From Amsterdam to Philadelphia, Roy has shared his passion for social justice, equality, identity, love and the healing power of poetry as a witness to our times.


His debut collection, Beginning With Your Last Breath, was followed by The Healing Next Time, (Nine Arches Press 2018) nominated for the Ted Hughes award and Jhalak Prize. He has an MA in Writing Poetry from Newcastle University and the Poetry School.