Mehmet Izbudak

Mehmet Izbudak is a playwright and poet whose daytime jobs have included being an Academic Teaching Developer at SOAS and a sessional lecturer at Birkbeck College, University of London. He joined Malika’s Poetry Kitchen in 2014 and is also a member of the Southbank-based poetry group, Tideway Poets. In 2021, he obtained an MA in creative writing from the University of East Anglia and was one of the winners of the Live Canon poetry pamphlet competition with his debut collection, Urban Minotaur.

Mehmet is working on his next collection of poems, The Mytilene Fragments – an inspired response to the ancient Greek poet, Sappho – and a performance-poem/stage-play on the life and works of the French poet, Guillaume Apollinaire.

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