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Grevel LindopBorn Liverpool. Educated Oxford. Was Professor of Romantic Studies at Manchester University until 2001. Now full-time writer. Worked with Michael Schmidt co-editing Carcanet magazine at Oxford in late 1960s. Deputy Editor, with Kathleen Raine, of Temenos review in the early 2000s. Dedicated writer of poetry with six published collections and enormous experience of speaking and reading at all kinds of venues. Specialised in English Romantic Literature during my academic career, with a string of books and very many articles etc on Thomas De Quincey (the ‘English Opium-Eater’) in particular, beginning with a biography of De Quincey (1981) and culminating in a complete critical edition of his works (2000-03). Expert on the history, topography and culture of the Lake District, one product of which was my Literary Guide (1993, updated 2005) which won Lakeland Book of the Year. Former Trustee (and now Fellow) of the Wordsworth Trust. Acted as consultant on cultural matters to the group working for inscription of the Lakes as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Frequent speaker on Romantic and Lake District topics. Enthusiastic and experienced salsa dancer. This, combined with Latin American/Caribbean travels, led to Travels on the Dance Floor (2008), an account of a journey through Cuba, Venezuela, Colombia, Panama, Puerto Rico and the Dominican republic to Miami, learning dance styles from local teachers and encountering dance partners and other characters in urban dancehalls and clubs. Travels on the Dance Floor  was a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week and shortlisted for Authors’ Club Dolman Best Travel Book Award). Extensive video, TV and Radio experience as guest on breakfast TV, talk shows, programmes on environment, culture, history of opiate use, Lakeland topics etc. I read my own book on Book of the Week have also presented on Radio 4. Large number of reviews, articles and essays in periodicals: chiefly TLS but also Guardian, Independent, Economist, and countless other journals.

Grevel Lindop's Mysterious Wisdom, a biography of the spiritual life of W.B. Yeats will be published by Oxford University Press in 2024.

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Grevel LindopWhen poet and biographer Grevel Lindop takes up salsa dancing in rainy Manchester, all he has are size 12 feet and excruciating adolescent memories of ballroom dancing lessons. But salsa has a way of getting into your blood. Intense and intimate, sexy and addictive, the adrenalin-pumping Afro-Latin-American dance style soon becomes an obsession. Inspired to learn more, Lindop decides on a solo adventure to find the geographical and cultural roots of salsa. From the streets, bars and dancehalls of Cuba, Venezuela and Colombia to those of Panama, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Miami - land of Cuban exiles - he stumbles across a colourful cast of characters and a raft of new tricks. His quest also gives rise to basic confrontations with himself: can a 6'4" white, English poet really dance? And what happens when he does? "Travels on the Dance Floor" is Lindop's vibrant and evocative account of his odyssey, written with wry humour and a poet's eye for colour, detail and atmosphere. Funny, passionate and inspiring by turns, it is a book that will be loved by dance addicts and armchair travellers alike.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Poetry: Travels on the Dance Floor, Andre Deutsch, 2010; Playing With Fire (Carcanet, 2006), Selected Poems (Carcanet, 2001), Touching the Earth (Wave Books, NSW, 2000), A Prismatic Toy (Carcanet, 1991), Tourists (Carcanet, 1987), Fools’ Paradise (Carcanet, 1977). Prose: Travels on the Dance Floor (Andre Deutsch, 2008), The Path and the Palace (Temenos, 1996), A Literary Guide to the Lake District (Chatto and Windus, 1993; revised and updated, Sigma Leisure, 2005; The Opium-Eater: A Life of Thomas De Quincey (Dent, 1981; Taplinger, NY, 1981; OUP 1985; Weidenfeld, 1993). Edited: Graves and the Goddess (with Ian Firla) (Susquehanna U.P., 2003). The Works of Thomas De Quincey (21 vols., Pickering and Chatto, 2000-03), Robert Graves: The White Goddess (Carcanet, 1997; Faber, 1999), Thomas De Quincey: Confessions and Other Writings (OUP, 1985 and many reprints), Thomas Chatterton: Selected Poems (Carcanet, 1970 and many reprints; Routledge, NY, 2003), British Poetry Since 1960 (with Michael Schmidt) (Carcanet, 1970).