Benedict’s poems have appeared in a number of publications, including Ambit, Magma, The North, Acumen, Orbis, Other Poetry, Prole, Finished Creatures, Borderlines, The Morning Star, Poetry Bus and South Bank Poetry.
The Royal Oak was commissioned as part of Channel 4’s Random Acts series. It’s the second poetry film collaboration between Benedict and animator Sandra Salter, who directed and made the film. Their first, Cul de sac, was shortlisted for the ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival competition, Berlin, then included in a programme of ZEBRA highlights at the 24th International Short Film Festival, Berlin.
The Royal Oak won the Best Animation Audience Choice Award at the Purbeck Shorts competition at the Purbeck Film Festival. It was also chosen as the opening film for the Filmpoem Festival, and features in an introduction to poetry film in The Huffington Post.
Residencies and interview
Benedict has been awarded three Time and Space residencies with arts organisation METAL.
Click here to read an interview in Berlin-based arts magazine Chased.
Benedict was a member of the Magma Poetry board, and the production manager for the magazine 2017-2020. He was lead editor of Magma 74, the Work issue – co-edited by Pauline Sewards.
He was copy editor and poetry reviewer for the sadly now defunct counter-cultural arts magazine Nude, and has been occasional copy editor for South Bank Poetry magazine. A stanza from Benedict’s poem Some Man’s Business appears on the frontispiece of Cathi Unsworth’s novel Weirdo.
He is host of Moscow Rules, a literary journey in Hampstead on behalf of The Sohemian Society and The London Adventure, tracing the action in Le Carré’s Smiley’s People. Benedict lives in London and works in editorial production.