Simon Mundy

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Simon Mundy is a cultural policy adviser, poet, novelist, festival and organisation director, and broadcaster. 

He is Executive Chairman of Creative Guild - the Association of Creative Professionals, The Castalian Pool and Hay Press/Present Arts Ltd.

 In the 1970s he read Drama at Manchester University and trained to be an opera director at Glyndebourne. From 1978 until 1990 he worked as an arts journalist. Since 1996 he has been an adviser for UNESCO, the Council of Europe and the UN Mission in Kosovo as well as many non-governmental organisations like the Ford Foundation, the European Cultural Foundation and the International Music Council. From 2002 he was adviser to Wales’ then Culture Minister, Jenny Randerson, for four years. He has given workshops on policy, management and conflict alleviation as far afield as Kiev, Nairobi, Trinidad, Istanbul and Ulan Baataar. 

In the 1990s he was the Director of the UK's National Campaign for the Arts and a co-founder and first President of the European Forum for the Arts and Heritage (now Culture Action Europe). He has also been Chair of Bloc (Creative Technology Wales) and Wales European Arts Forum. He is Vice-President of the Presteigne Festival, and was for many years a Trustee of the Asian Music Circuit and the European Union Baroque Orchestra. He has broadcast on BBC Radio for over 40 years and written on the arts for most of Britain's major newspapers.

From 2003-14 he was Senior Associate Fellow in the International Policy Institute and later the Conflict, Security and Development Group and African Leadership Centre at King’s College London. He is active in many cultural networks, including PEN International (he is Acting Vice-President of the Writers for Peace Committee), A Soul for Europe, Culture Action Europe and the European House for Culture. He is a Permanent Fellow of the Felix Meritis Foundation, Amsterdam. 

Four books of his poems  (most recently More for Helen Of Troy, published by Seren in 2012) and four novels have been published, and among his other books are Making It Home: Europe and the Politics of Culture, and the Council of Europe's Short Guide to Cultural Policy. He has directed festivals in Scotland and the Netherlands and written several books on musicians (including biographies of Elgar, Purcell and Tchaikovsky). Current projects include a libretto for composer Roxana Panufnik and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, a new volume of his Flagey stories set in Brussels and the European Parliament, and a short biography of the painter Sidney Nolan. He now lives in Caithness, in the far north of Scotland.

 

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