Maura Dooley was a Centre Director of the Arvon Foundation, founding Director of the Literature and Talks programme at the South Bank Centre and has directed Literature festivals in Birmingham, Swansea and Rotterdam. She re-established and directed Poetry International in the UK after a 30-year absence, worked for Jim Henson Film in script development and, in theatre, for Performing Arts Labs. She is Professor at Goldsmiths, University of London where she founded and directs the MA in Creative Writing. She has served as judge for many literary awards, including the T S Eliot and Forward Prizes, the Eric Gregory Awards, the John Llewellyn Rhys Award for first novel and the Foyle Young Poets Award. She chaired the Poetry Book Society and for ten years was a trustee of the Royal Literary Fund. She is currently a trustee of Poetry London.
Maura Dooley’s most recent book (with Elhum Shakerifar) is translation into English of the poetry of the Iranian writer Azita Ghahreman, Negative of a Group Photograph. The Silvering is her own most recent collection. She has twice been short-listed for the TS Eliot Prize and twice for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem. Her work has received an Eric Gregory Award and a Cholmondeley Award and she is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.