What Must Happen
Jeffrey Wainwright was born in 1944 in Stoke-on-Trent, England. He was educated at Longton High School and the University of Leeds, and went on to teach American Literature at the University of Wales and later for a time at Long Island University, Brooklyn, New York. In 1973 he moved to teach at Manchester Metropolitan University, where he became Professor of English and a founding member of the MMU Writing School before retiring in 2008. In 1984 he was Judith Wilson Fellow at St John’s College, Cambridge. Wainwright has written many articles and reviews on poetry and two books of criticism, Poetry the Basics (3rd edition 2015) and Acceptable Words: Essays on the Poetry of Geoffrey Hill (2005), and has translated plays by Péguy, Corneille, Claudel and Koltès for radio and stage. He has been married to Judith Wainwright since 1967, with whom he has two children and four grandchildren. He has travelled extensively in the USA and Australia, and spends parts of the year in Umbria, Italy.