Guy Garvey is a university lecturer now

The Elbow frontman is a professor in songwriting

Guy Garvey is now a university lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University.

After being made an Honorary Doctor of Arts by the University back in 2012, the Elbow frontman has taken on the role as a visiting professor in songwriting, where he will offer a master class in writing for music.

It seems it’s not entirely one-sided though, as Garvey has claimed that collaborating with students will help him to work on his own new material.


Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, Garvey said: “I’m really looking forward to working with young songwriters at Manchester Metropolitan University.

“I’ve never had a conversation with another writer that hasn’t in some way informed my own work.

“I have been lucky enough to learn from some of the best ever. From Frank Black to Wayne Coyne. From Jolie Holland to Jimi Goodwin. From Jesca Hoop to John Bramwell. Robert Plant to Trevor Horn to Laura Marling to Josh Pearson. Steven Fretwell to Elton John. Ron Sexsmith to Matt Berninger to Lianne La Havas. Hamilton Leithouser to Kate Stables to Peter Gabriel.

“Those are some names people will know. I’m looking forward to working with names that everyone will come to know in a city that has nurtured some of the very best.”

Poet Adam O’Riordan, academic director of the university’s Manchester Writing School, said: “Guy joining the Manchester Writing School feels very special. And we are all delighted to welcome him home.


As the foremost lyricist of his generation and one of our city’s most celebrated and well-loved native sons, he will bring a wealth of experience, passion and wisdom which will no doubt have a huge influence on the culture of the Manchester Writing School and the unique creative atmosphere that exists here in the city.

“Guy joining the Manchester Writing School builds on existing and growing links to writing for music such as the Rosamond Prize which we run in conjunction with the Royal Northern College of Music.

“We look forward to learning from Guy and to contributing together to the sustained cultural fluorescence of Manchester and the wider region, as a new generation discover how to speak and sing what’s on their minds and in their hearts.”