The People Who Shaped My Writing: Poet Karl Tearney

Updated: Jul 25, 2020

As a newcomer to poetry and writing Karl has made quite an impact with his succinct and thought-provoking style. Encouraged by Emma Willis MBE after he’d sent her a thank you poem, Karl’s work has been coveted by many. His work has included appearances at festivals and readings around the country. He is hugely passionate about encouraging other sufferers of mental issues to look toward the Arts as a means of therapy.


He took part in the first Mayfair and St. James’s Literary Festival launched in November 2018, during which Karl performed his poem ‘War not War’, alongside Alicia Vikander and Felicity Kendall, as part of the Josephine Hart Poetry Hour - Poetry of the Great War in St. James’s Church London, as well as being invited to read this powerful, short work on BBC Radio 3 during Remembrance week.