Marilyn Longstaff lives in Darlington and is a member of Vane Women, a writing performing and publishing collective (www.vanewomen.co.uk). In 2003 she received a Northern Promise Award, and in 2005 completed her MA in Creative Writing at Newcastle University. In 2011 she was one of the three featured poets in New Writing North’s Read Regional […]
David Attwooll’s first full collection was The Sound Ladder (Two Rivers Press, 2015). His work appeared in several anthologies, and he was a winner of the 2013 Poetry Business pamphlet prize with Surfacing (smith/doorstop). Ground Work (Black Poplar, 2014) followed, illustrated by Andrew Walton. David worked in publishing and drummed in a street band. David […]
Janet Dean was born in Barnsley and now lives in York. She works as a coach, facilitator and consultant in the public and voluntary sectors, and had recently completed an MA in Creative Writing at York St John University. As a poet she has been published in print and online magazines and anthologies, and was […]
Victoria Grigg teaches English in south London. Her poems have appeared in Magma and The Warwick Review.
Isabel Bermudez was born in Colombia and is a freelance tutor of French, Spanish and English. Her first collection of poems, Extranjeros, is published by Flarestack Poets. She lives in Kent.
Victoria Gatehouse originally trained as a scientist and has an MA in poetry from Manchester Metropolitan University. Her poems have appeared in The Rialto, Magma, Mslexia, The Interpreter’s House, Prole, Furies and Her Wings of Glass amongst others. She won the Ilkley Festival Poetry Competition in 2011, was a runner-up in the Mslexia Single Poem […]
Dr Benjamin Obadiah Iqbal Zephaniah was born and raised in Birmingham, England. His poetry is strongly influenced by the music and poetry of Jamaica and what he calls ‘street politics’. His first real public performance was in church when he was 10 years old, and since then he has become one of Britain’s best known […]
Dizraeli is a hip-hop artist, singer and spoken word artist whose style encompasses many genres from rap to folk. He won the BBC Radio 4 Poetry Slam and the UK Slam Championships, and has released albums as a solo artist, with DJ DownLow, and with his band the Small Gods.
Hollie McNish is a poet and spoken word artist and was UK Slam poetry champion in 2009. She has released two spoken word albums and a poetry collection. Films of her poems have repeatedly gone viral, some receiving over one million YouTube views in just over a week.
Joelle Taylor is a spoken word artist, slam poet and playwright. She has performed across the UK and internationally. In 2001, Joelle founded SLAMbassadors UK, the national youth slam championships, and she continues as the programme’s Artistic Director, working with thousands of young people across the UK every year.
Simon Barraclough studied English at Nottingham University and has an MA in Critical Theory from Sussex University. He has taught for the Poetry School, Morley College and City Lit, London. His debut collection, Los Alamos Mon Amour (Salt, 2008) was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Other publications include a pamphlet of […]
James Tate was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on 8th December 1943. He was the author of more than twenty books of poetry, including Worshipful Company of Fletchers, which won the National Book Award. His Selected Poems, published 1991, won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry and the William Carlos Williams award. He was a professor […]
Olivia McCannon’s poetry collection Exactly My Own Length (Carcanet/Oxford Poets, 2011) was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize and won the 2012 Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. She read French/German at the Queen’s College, Oxford, and lived for eight years in Belleville, Paris. Her translations include Balzac’s Old Man Goriot (Penguin Classics, 2011), modern French poetry in Poetry of Place: Paris (Eland, […]
Clare Pollard was born in Bolton in 1978 and lives in London. Her first collection of poetry, The Heavy-Petting Zoo was written whilst she was still at school, and received an Eric Gregory Award. It was followed by Bedtime and Look, Clare! Look!, which was made a set text on the WJEC A-level syllabus. Her […]
Terence Jones is a Careers Adviser with roots in Lancashire, living in London.
Frances Galleymore was a poet, novelist, screenwriter, and longtime member of Highgate Poets. Her poems have been widely published in anthologies and magazines. As a screenwriter, she had over thirty drama productions to her name and worked with directors including Mike Newell. Her short stories have been broadcast on BBC Radio Four and published in […]
David Olsen’s poems have been widely published in the UK and worldwide, in magazines including Poetry News, Acumen, Envoi, The Interpreter’s House, Prole and Oxford Magazine, and in several anthologies, including five from Cinnamon Press, two from Templar Poetry, and one each from Belgrave Press, Writing magazine and the University of London’s Human Rights Consortium. […]
Ian Humphreys lives in West Yorkshire. His work has been published in magazines including Poetry News, Ambit, Prole, Butcher’s Dog and Ink Sweat & Tears, and is forthcoming in The Rialto. He won the Hamish Canham Prize in 2016 and the PENfro Poetry Competition in 2013. His fiction has been shortlisted three times for the […]
Padraig Regan lives in Belfast where he is currently studying for an MA at the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queens University.
F.J. Williams was born in Liverpool in 1951 and studied English at Durham, with postgraduate work at Manchester and Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. He was Director of the Bridge Arts Centre, Widnes, and held a NATE teaching fellowship at the University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. He also lectured in English at University College Chester. He has won prizes […]
Laura Scott is the winner of The Geoffrey Dearmer Prize 2015, awarded by The Poetry Society and The Poetry Review. Her poems have been widely published in magazines including The Poetry Review, Edinburgh Review, Magma, Rialto, Tate Etc and Envoi. Her pamphlet, What I Saw (Rialto, 2013), won the 2014 Michael Marks Award for a […]
Sara Peters was born in Antigonish, Nova Scotia and was a 2010-2012 Stegner fellow at Stanford. Her work has appeared in The Threepenny Review, Slate, and Poetry, and she won both the 2014 Walrus Poetry Prize and their Readers’ Choice Award for her poem ‘Mercury’. Her first book, 1996, is published by Anansi.
Maura Dooley is a freelance writer and lectures at Goldsmiths College, University of London. She edited Making for Planet Alice: New Women Poets (1997) and The Honey Gatherers: A Book of Love Poems (2002) for Bloodaxe, and How Novelists Work (2000) for Seren. Her collections include Life Under Water (Bloodaxe, 2008) and Sound Barrier: Poems […]
In 2013 Henry Israeli was shortlisted for The Poetry Society’s Popescu Prize for European Poetry in Translation for his translation of poems in Haywire: New & Selected Poems by Luljeta Lleshanaku. Hear Luljeta Lleshanaku read some poems from the collection in English, and read ‘The Madwoman’s Roof’.
Toon Tellegen was born in 1941 on one of the islands in the south-west of the Netherlands. He is one of the best-known Dutch writers, with a long list of awards to his name. In 2007 he received two major prizes for his entire oeuvre. He considers himself in the first place a poet and […]
Laurence Binyon (10 August 1869 – 10 March 1943) was an English poet, dramatist and art scholar. Too old to enlist in the First World War, he nonetheless volunteered at a British hospital for French soldiers. He was greatly moved by the opening of the Great War and the high number of casualties, as well as […]
Charles Hamilton Sorley was killed in action in October 1915 and his poetry was published posthumously in 1916. Some of his poetry was published in The Poetry Review in 1916, and a line from his poem ‘All the Hills and Vales Along’ was featured on a commemorative stamp in 2015, issued by Royal Mail. He […]
Roddy Lumsden’s collections include Yeah Yeah Yeah (Bloodaxe, 1997), shortlisted for the Forward Prize for the Best First Collection, and The Book of Love (Bloodaxe, 2000), shortlisted for both the T.S. Eliot Prize and the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. Terrific Melancholy was published by Bloodaxe in 2011, Not All Honey (Bloodaxe) in 2014 and Melt […]
Born in Canada, John McCrae (1872 – 1918) was a poet, doctor and artist. He was appointed as a field surgeon in the Canadian Field Artillery in 1914, treating wounded soldiers on the Western Front, and serving on the guns. Exhausted by the long years of the War, McCrae fell ill with pneumonia and meningitis […]