Andrew Staniland is an English Romantic poet whose poems are classical in style and whose source of inspiration is contemporary spiritual practice.
He was born in Sheffield in 1959 and studied Politics at the University of Durham. Since graduating in 1980, he has worked part time, dedicating his life to writing, to his imagination, to meditation and inner exploration.
From the 1990s, there are Four Plays (1994) and Three Cine-Poems (1997), as well as many of the poems in Poems (1982-2004). From 2000 onwards, there are two prose-poem novels, The Weight Of Light (2004) and The Beauty Of Psyche (2005), Two Story Poems (2009) and the collections New Poems (2006), Hymns, Films And Sonnetinas (2007), The Perennial Poetry (2010), Rhapsodies (2014), Playful Poems (2016), Letters Of Introduction (2018), A Georgian Anthology and, most recently, A New Diwan (h/t Alisher Navoiy). They have all been self-published.
Andrew's poems have been published in various magazines and the anthology Into The Further Reaches. He had an early play performed on the London Fringe and wrote and directed a short film which was screened at various festivals.
Andrew lives in London.