Alan Dunnett was born in London in 1953. He read English at Oxford before going to drama school. He is now Course Director, MA Screen, Drama Centre London, which is within Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.
His poetry has appeared in magazines and anthologies, including Poetry Salzburg Review, Stand, Orbis, The Rialto, The Interpreter's House, Other Poetry, Outposts, Weyfarers, Poetry Nottingham, Pennine Platform, Dream Catcher, The Reader, Poetry News, New Poetry 6 (edited by Ted Hughes), The Methuen Book of Theatre Verse; also, a collection, Hurt Under Your Arm, published by Envoi, and a pamphlet, In the Savage Gap. In 1989, he received an East Midlands Arts Writer's Bursary and was then part of EMA's 1990 New Voices Tour. There have been several competition short-listings, prize-winning at Torbay (2008), Middlesex (2004), Stroud and Kent & Sussex among others. Readings at Nottingham, Derby and Bradford Playhouses, Leicester Haymarket, The Troubadour, The Poetry Cafe and on Radio Nottingham and Radio Derby.