Richard Berengarten
International telephone: (+44)-1223-212973
Study Skills

MA Cantab. (English), Dip. Ling. UCL (Diploma in Linguistics, University College London), FEA (Fellow of the English Association)

My main work is writing poems. I am especially interested in the long poem as a literary form. While some of my books have an English setting, for example Avebury (1972) and Croft Woods (1999), I am committed to an internationalist perspective in literature and have specific interests in the theory and practice of literary translation. Several of my books have a Greek theme and locus, for example Black Light (1983), which is dedicated to the memory of George Seferis. The Blue Butterfly (first published 2006), In a Time of Drought (fp 2005) and Under Balkan Light (fp 2008), all of which are set in former Yugoslavia, constitute my ‘Balkan Trilogy’. Changing (2016) is based on the Chinese classic, the Yijing. The Volta Project (International Literary Quarterly), and the Albero Project (Margutte) are both concerned with multilingual translations of a single poem.

Writing and study skills; Anglophone poetry; comparative literature; literary translation.

Theories of poetics; the Jungian theory of synchronicity; number as a cohering principle in poetry; and the interview and the manifesto as literary genres.

Xu Zhimo Silver Willow Award for a European Poet, 2017

Bridport Poetry Prize, highly commended, 2013

Manada International Prize for Poetry, Macedonia, 2012

Great School Lesson Oratorio, Serbia, 2007       

Morava Charter International Award for Poetry, Serbia, 2005       

H. H. Wingate–Jewish Quarterly Award for Poetry, 1992       

CELJ (Council of Learned Journals of America), runner-up for ‘Best Special Issue 1994'’ for Out of Yugoslavia (co-editor), 1992       

Yeats Club, first prize, poetry translation, 1990       

Yeats Club, runner-up, poem and translation, 1989       

Arvon Poetry Competition, Duncan Lawrie Award for Poetry, 1982       

Arts Council of Great Britain, Writer’s Fellowship, Victoria Centre for Adult Education, Gravesend, 1979-81  

Keats Memorial Prize for Poetry, 1974       

Arts Council of Great Britain, Writer’s Grant, 1973       

Eric Gregory Award for Poetry, 1972    


Changing (Bristol: Shearsman Books, 2016)

Notness: Metaphysical Sonnets (Bristol: Shearsman Books, 2015)

Manual (Bristol: Shearsman Books, 2014)

Under Balkan Light (Exeter: Shearsman Books, 2011, 2nd edition)

In a Time of Drought (Exeter: Shearsman Books, 2011, 3rd edition) 

The Blue Butterfly (Exeter: Shearsman Books, 2011, 3rd edition) 

The Manager (Exeter: Shearsman Books, 2011, 3rd edition) 

For the Living, Selected Longer Poems, 1965–2000 (Exeter: Shearsman Books, 2011, 3rd edition) 

Book With No Back Cover (London: David Paul, 2003)

Croft Woods (Cambridge: Los Poetry Press, 1999)

Against Perfection (Norwich: King of Hearts, 1999)

Half of Nowhere: riddles and spells for children (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998)

Black Light (Cambridge: Los Poetry Press, 1983)

Roots/Routes (Cleveland, Ohio: Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 1982)

Tree (London: Menard Press, 1980)

Learning to Talk (London: Enitharmon Press, 1980)

Some Poems, Illuminated by Frances Richards (London: Enitharmon Press, 1976)

Avebury (London: Anvil Press Poetry & Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1972)

Double Flute (London: Enitharmon Press, 1972)

The Return of Lazarus (Cambridge: Bragora Press, 1971)

The Easter Rising 1967 (pseudonym: Agnostos Nomolos, Brighton: Restif Press, 1969) 


Richard Berengarten: A Portrait In Inter-Views (eds. Paschalis Nikolaou and John Z. Dillon. Bristol: Shearsman Books, 2017)

Imagems I (Bristol: Shearsman Books, 2012)    

Ceri Richards and Dylan Thomas: Keys to Transformation (London: Enitharmon Press, 1981)

Critical Work on RB

The Critical Companion to Richard Berengarten (eds. Norman Jope, Paul Scott Derrick and Catherine E. Byfield (Bristol, Shearsman Books, 2016)