StAnza International Poetry Festival

Participants: David Hayman

David Hayman

David Hayman was born in Glasgow and first started his working life as an apprentice in a Glasgow steel yard. After studying at the RSAMD he spent the first 10 years of his career at the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow playing such roles as Hamlet, Troilus, Nijinsky, Lady Macbeth, Al Capone, Petrucio, Bosola and, among many others, Mother Goose. He played Jimmy Boyle in A Sense of Freedom and followed that with over 40 appearances in films such as Hope and Glory, Syd and Nancy, The Jackal, Ordinary Decent Criminal, Vertical Limit, Where the Truth Lies, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Burke and Hare and the soon to be released, Screwed and The Domino Effect. For ten years he played Detective Chief Superintendant, Mike Walker in Lynda La Plante’s Trial and Retribution for ITV. As a Director he directed the BAFTA and Michael Powell Best British Film Award feature film Silent Scream, also The Hawk and The Near Room. For TV he has directed Finney, A Woman’s Guide to Adultery, Cardiac Arrest and Firm Friends. For three years he was Artistic Director of 7.84 Theatre Co. He has directed many stage productions including the World Premiers of The Slab Boys Trilogy and The Normal Heart, staring Martin Sheen. He was an Associate Director of the Royal Court Theatre, London.†His productions have garnered awards such as BAFTAs, Lawrence Olivier Awards, Time Out Awards, Silver Bear Award Berlin and Royal Television Awards. He is a regular contributor to BBC 2’s Review Show.

In 2001 he set up the Humanitarian Organization, Spirit Aid, which is dedicated to the Children of Earth whose lives have been devastated by war, poverty, disease or lack of education and opportunity. He has run the organization, as Head of Operations, since then and runs projects in Scotland, Afghanistan, South Africa and Malawi. Spirit Aid has also worked in Guinee Bissau, Kosovo, Iraq and Sri Lanka. David has three Honorary Doctorates and a Fellowship for services to the Arts and Humanity. He was awarded the Institute of Contemporary Scotland’s Alistair Hetherington Gold Medal for Services to Humanity and was commended by the Beacon Trust for Bravery in Afghanistan. In 1991 he was given the City of Glasgow’s Gold Medal for Services to the Arts. He lives in Scotland with his wife and three sons.

StAnza 2012 Events:

Wed 14 March | Kind of Larkin
A celebration of Philip Larkinís love of jazz from the Dave Batchelor Quintet with special guest, David Hayman
The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street – Auditorium

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