Bill Lewis was one of the legendary Medway Poets Group along with Billy Childish, Sexton Ming, Charles Thomson and Rob Earl.
He has performed his poems in Europe, Latin America and North America and has been published in magazines, journals and anthologies all over the world. Some of his poems have been translated into French, Spanish, Italian and his short stories into German. Silvia Pio translated his poems into Italian and they have been published in the online Magazine Margutte.
In December 2020 Silvia Pio published three more of Bill’s poems in ‘The Tree Project’.
In addition, Lewis has been broadcast on television and radio on both sides of the Atlantic and has carried out readings, workshops and lectures at Literary Festivals (including the International Cambridge Poetry Festival), hospitals, prisons, schools and universities and he was the first Writer-in-Residence at the Brighton Festival (1985).
Lewis was one of the original 13 founder members of the Stuckist Movement. He has since gone on to disseminate the ideas and theories that have emerged from Remodernism.
He has exhibited his paintings in various galleries in Paris, London, Berlin, New Jersey, Los Angeles, Kentucky and was featured in the ‘Punk Victorian’ exhibition at the Walker Gallery, Liverpool.
In 2017 Lewis become a founder member of COLONY: A Community of Artists.
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I am a poet and writer of short fiction, sometimes I also write non fiction. I paint, draw, make prints, take photographs and recently started making digital art.
My parents were Kentish rural working class, I grew up on a farm where my dad worked. He had been a Shepherd but the farm did not have sheep so he did a bit of everything. I now live in The Medway Towns.
I knew when I was five years old I was an artist.
I used to draw on the wall until my mother bought be drawing pads. Later I discovered reading and I have read four or five books a month since I was a teenager. I worked in factories, warehouses, shops and was even a wine waiter for a short while. My last job was with the NHS.
I went to Art college when I was 25 but only did one year. I started to do poetry readings and get work published. I was founder member of The Medway Poets group and also a founding member of Stuckism (an international art movement). I have been a fulltime Writer/Artist since 1982.
The world is a very interesting place, there is always something to see and I am never bored.
How it makes other people feel
There were several. When I sold my first stories to magazines. When I gave my first lecture at the University of Rhode Island to an audience of University Professors. When my work appeared
in an Anthology with Neil Gaiman. The night I won the Literature award for The Medway Council Art and Design Awards. Reading with Claribel Alegria In Nicaragua in 1989. Being appointed
Writer-in-Residence at The Brighton Festival in 1985. There have been many more highlights. I have lead an interesting life.
A woman came up to me after a reading in the USA and told me her brother tried to kill himself and my poetry had helped her deal with it.
Also reading to some 10 and 11 year olds in Medway, I use a drum with some of my poems, when I started singing the poem and playing the drum they started clapping along to the beat.
Always when a new book is about to be published.
I have several:
1) to bring out a book of my photographs
2) a book of my art
3) a book of short stories
4) a CD of my poems
5) to go on a paid reading tour one last time before I am too old
In writing: Claribel Alegria, Eduardo Galeano, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Peter Straub, Martin Espada, Sam Shepard, and songwriters Victor Jara and Jacques Brel.
Painters who have inspired me are Ana Maria Pacheco, John Craxton, L Ring and Paula Rego.
One Hundred Years or Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Being with my wife Ann.
Follow your bliss and the universe will open up for you.