Leah Larwood

Leah Larwood’s short fiction and poetry has been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize (2014 and 2015) and the National Poetry Competition (2015). She has an MA in Creative Writing and…

David Kennedy

PN Review and Stand. He has published three of his own poetry collections with Salt. He won third prize in the 2007 National Poetry Competition with his poem ‘Encore, Mr Fox!’….

Jack Underwood

…founding editor of the anthology series Stop Sharpening Your Knives and has written criticism for both The Poetry Review and Poetry London. He was a judge for the National Poetry Competition 2016….

Graham Mort

…Bridport Prize for the short story collection Touch (Seren 2010), Cheltenham Poetry Competition first prize (twice), an Eric Gregory Award, two Duncan Lawrie prizes in the Arvon Foundation International Poetry

Denise Riley

Room, Southbank Centre, on 2 October, National Poetry Day, 2014, accompanied by background visuals by Robert Peake. The published collection, The Pity, was available from The Poetry Society online shop….

Carolyn Forché

Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1992, she received the Charity Randall Citation from the International Poetry Forum. In 2013, Forché received the Academy of…

Fanny Howe

and See (2011). Her most recent poetry collection, Second Childhood (2014), was a finalist for the National Book Award. In 2001 and 2005, Howe was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry

Serena Cooke

both the Southbank Centre and the Poetry Society National Poetry Day Live 2014. She is also a winner of the Young Poets Network ‘Cape Farewell Crossing the Border’ poetry challenge….

Michael Laskey

…education in Spain and England for ten years. He has published three pamphlets – Cloves of Garlic (1988), which won the Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition, In the Fruit Cage (1997)…

Charlotte Higgins

border poetry project. She won the Poetry Society’s SLAMbassadors performance poetry competition in 2012. She is also a winner of the Young Poets Network ‘Poem on a postcard’ poetry challenge….

Lesley Saunders

…Rib, The Warwick Review and The Poetry Business anthology. She was a winner in the Poetry News members’ poems competitions in 2011 and 2014. Her poem ‘The Uses of Greek’…

Nat Norland

Nat is a winner in the 2016 Behind the Curtain poetry challenge on Young Poets Network, in partnership with the V&A Museum. He also won the Poetry Society’s inaugural Timothy Corsellis Prize,…

Julia Webb

Arches Press in 2016. Her poems have appeared in various publications including: Poetry News, Other Poetry and Ink, Sweat and Tears. She was recently one of the ‘Young Poets Centre…

D A Prince

The Poetry Society’s Stanza Poetry Competition in 2010, judged by Sheenagh Pugh, and she has been regularly published in Poetry News.  D A Prince’s first pamphlet, Undoing Time, was published…

Jonathan Edwards

…the Terry Hetherington Award in 2010, was awarded a Literature Wales new writer’s bursary in 2011, and in 2012 won prizes in the Cardiff International Poetry Competition and the Basil…

Anna Kisby

Anna Kisby lives in Devon. Her poetry has been placed in competitions and published in magazines including Poetry News, Mslexia, Orbis, Seam and South Bank Poetry. She was the winner…

Jade Cuttle

Jade Cuttle is a winner of the Young Poets Network ‘No Man’s Land’ poetry challenge and the BBC Proms Poetry Competition. She won first prize in the Riddle Me This…

Holly Hopkins

Holly Hopkins lives and works in London. Her debut pamphlet, Soon Every House Will Have One, won the 2014 Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition and Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice. Holly…

Kaye Lee

poetry magazines and anthologies and won prizes in competitions. Belonging to several poetry groups including a local Poetry Society Stanza, Palmers Green Poets, Enfield Poets and Second Light Network gives…

Maggie Sawkins

Maggie Sawkins won the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry 2013 with Zones of Avoidance. She has written poetry since she was a child. Her two poetry collections…

Ilmar Lehtpere

the poet Sadie Murphy. In 2013, Ilmar was shortlisted for The Poetry Society’s Popescu Prize for European Poetry in Translation for his translation of 1001 Winters  by Kristiina Ehin. Read an…

Gwyneth Lewis

won the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival Prize, Zero Gravity (1998), shortlisted for the Forward Poetry Prize (Best Poetry Collection of the Year), and Y Llofrudd Iaith (2000) winner of the Arts…

Eleanor Hooker

shortlisted for the Strong/Shine Award, for Best First Irish Collection from 2012. Her poetry has been published worldwide in journals including: Poetry, PN Review, Poetry Ireland Review, Agenda, The Stinging…

Kayo Chingonyi

the winners of the challenge and poems created in a workshop led by Kayo at The Poetry Society appear in an anthology available to read on The Poetry Society’s website….

Richard Scott

Richard Scott was born in London in 1981. His poems have appeared widely in magazines and anthologies including Poetry Review, Poetry London, Swimmers, The Poetry of Sex (Penguin) and Butt…

Michael Murphy

Michael Murphy (1965-2009) won The Poetry Society’s Geoffrey Dearmer Prize in 2001 for his poem ‘An Idea of Order’. Several further poems appeared in The Poetry Review, including ‘Turf’. His…

Olivia McCannon

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, 2014), and contemporary plays (by…

Stephen Sexton

Stephen Sexton lives in Belfast where he is studying at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry. Poems have appeared in Granta, Poetry Ireland, Poetry London, and Best British Poetry 2015….

a cat talks about cat-poetry

“contrary to popular belief, we do read what’s written about us, and we do take heed (not only to know what is said—we get bored): that fellow baudelaire…

Poetry Recital, Somewhere in the City

His heart beat to poems recited By the act before him, or so it seemed And in his head were whispers, screamed Like a well projected voice His…

Inua Ellams

…(MTV Books), City State (Penned in the Margins) TEN: The New Wave (Bloodaxe), and in magazines such as The Poetry Review, Poetry Paper, Magma, Pen International, Wasafiri and Oxford Poetry….

Swithun Cooper

…of Northern Exposure, the Arts Council of England’s Yorkshire-based arts magazine and now works at The Poetry Library. Swithun founded Poetry Digest, an edible poetry journal, with Chrissy Williams. Swithun…

Daisy Behagg

Daisy Behagg’s poems have appeared in The Poetry Review, The Rialto, Poetry Wales, The North and Ambit. She won the Bridport Prize for Poetry in 2013 and her debut pamphlet,…

Jon Dressel

in St. Louis, Missouri. He has won prizes in major poetry competitions in both the USA and Britain such as the British National Competition 1989 and Cardiff International Competition, 1990….

Catherine Labiran

performed as a part of National Poetry Day Live at the Royal Festival Hal in 2011  alongside poets such as Simon Armitage, Jo Shapcott and Jackie Kay. She was also…

Tony Curtis

Tony Curtis won the 1984 National Poetry Competition with his poem ‘The Death of Richard Beattie-Seaman in Belgian Grand Prix, 1939’. He has published several collections of poetry, the latest…

Linda France

Linda France, winner of the National Poetry Competition 2013, is based close to Hadrian’s Wall, near Hexham in Northumberland. Since 1992 she has published seven poetry collections with Bloodaxe, Smokestack…

Rosalind Hudis

Rosalind Hudis, commended in the National Poetry Competition 2011, is an emerging poet from Ceredigion. She has always written, but decided to go full-time in 2009, beginning an MA in…

Allison McVety

Allison McVety is the winner of the National Poetry Competition 2011. The Night Trotsky Came to Stay (Smith|Doorstop), her first collection, was shortlisted for a Forward Prize. A second, Miming…

Beatrice Garland

Beatrice Garland won the 2001 National Poetry Competition with her poem ‘undressing’. Her first poetry collection, The Invention of Fireworks, was published in 2013 by Templar and was shortlisted among…

Patrick Brandon

Patrick Brandon was commended in the 2007 National Poetry Competition for his poem ‘Flat Dad’. His first poetry collection, A Republic of Linen, was published by Bloodaxe in 2009….

John Freeman

John Freeman won third prize in the National Poetry Competition 2012. He was born in Essex, grew up in South London and studied English at Cambridge. He lived in Yorkshire…

Patricia Wooldridge

Patricia Wooldridge, commended in the National Poetry Competition 2013, has taught English in schools and lectured in creative writing. Her poems have appeared in a variety of poetry journals and…

Ken Taylor

Ken Taylor, commended in the National Poetry Competition 2013, lives in North Carolina. He is the author of the chapbook, first the trees, now this (Three Count Pour, 2013). His…

Debbie Lim

Debbie Lim, commended in the National Poetry Competition 2013, is from Sydney. Her poems have appeared in publications including Cordite Poetry Review, Contemporary Asian Australian Poets (Puncher & Wattman, 2013)…

Jane Draycott

Jane Draycott won second prize in the National Poetry Competition 2012. A 2004 Next Generation Poet and a winner of the Keats-Shelley Prize for Poetry, her collections include The Night…

Jonathan Tel

…set in contemporary China. His story, ‘The Shoe King of Shanghai’, was shortlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Award in 2014. He was commended in The Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition 2014….

Linda Chase

Manchester branch of the Poetry School. She was commended in the 2007 National Poetry Competition. Her last published collection was Not Many Love Poems (Carcanet, 2011). She died in 2011….

David Swann

David Swann was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2003 and 2012. His book, The Privilege of Rain (Waterloo Press, 2010), was shortlisted for The Ted Hughes Award for New…

Rachel A. Dilworth

Rachel A. Dilworth is an American poet who received a commendation in the 2007 National Poetry Competition for her poem ‘Body Sonnets VIII: The Magdalen’. Her first manuscript, The Wild…

Keith Chandler

…Kind of Smoke (Redbeck, 2001) and The English Civil War Part 2  (Peterloo Poets, 2009). He was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2012 for his poem, ‘The Goldsmith’s Apprentice’….

Paul Adrian

Paul Adrian’s poem ‘Robin in Flight’ won the 2010 National Poetry Competition, and his poetry has appeared in The Rialto, Magma and The Moth, among others. He lives in Yorkshire. …

John Latham

Boy (The Collective Press, 2006). He was awarded second prize in the 2006 National Poetry Competition for his poem ‘From Professor Nobu Kitagawa’s Notebooks On Effects of Lightning on the…

Julia Copus

prize. Her previous collections, The Shuttered Eye and In Defence of Adultery, were PBS Recommendations. She won First Prize in the National Poetry Competition (2002) and the Forward Prize for…

Ian Pindar

Ian Pindar won second prize in the National Poetry Competition 2009. His first collection of poetry, Emporium, was published in 2011 and his second, Constellations, in 2012, both from Carcanet….

Ian Duhig

contemporary avant-garde composer Christopher Fox. He has won a Forward Prize, the National Poetry Competition in 1987 and 2000, and been shortlisted three times for the T S Eliot Prize….

Valerie Laws

Valerie Laws was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2009. She is a poet, playwright, sci-art specialist, and crime novelist. She is Writer in Residence at a London Pathology Museum….

James Manlow

James Manlow won second prize in the 2003 National Poetry Competition with his poem ‘The Lazy Maid’. He was appointed as Bournemouth’s first poet laureate in 2013 and his debut…

David Grubb

David Grubb received 3rd prize in the 2006 National Poetry Competition for his poem ‘Bud Fields and His World’. His poetry collections include It Comes with a Bit of Song…

Christopher Horton

Christopher Horton was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2008 and his poems have been published in several publications including Iota, Dream Catcher, Other Poetry, The Wolf, Magma, Fuselit and…

Michael Hulse

2007. He won the inaugural National Poetry Competition in 1978 with his poem ‘Dole Queue’. Other awards include an Eric Gregory Award in 1980 and a Cholmondeley Award in 1991….

Ian Caws

Ian Caws has published 11 collections of poetry since 1975, the latest of which is The Canterbury Road. In 1988, he was runner up in the National Poetry Competition, having…

John Wedgwood Clarke

John Wedgwood Clarke was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2010. He set up and for ten years ran the Beverley Literature and Bridlington Poetry Festivals, before leaving to pursue…

Giles Goodland

Giles Goodland was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2010. He has published several books of poetry including A Spy in the House of Years (2001), Capital (2006), What the…

William Scammell

William Scammell won the 1989 National Poetry Competition with his poem ‘A World Elsewhere’. He published several poetry collections during his lifetime, the last of which was All Set to…

Simon Rae

Simon Rae is a British poet, broadcaster, biographer and playwright. He won the National Poetry Competition in 1999 with his poem, ‘Believed’, and has also been awarded an Eric Gregory…

S.J. Litherland

S.J. Litherland, commended in the National Poetry Competition 2011, was born in Warwickshire and moved to Durham in 1965. She has published six collections of poetry, of which the most…

Sue Butler

author of a number of poetry collections including Learning to Improvise (Rockingham) and Arson (Happenstance). She was commended in the 2007 National Poetry Competition for her poem ‘Reflection, July 1938’….

Josephine Haslam

Josephine Haslam, joint second in the National Poetry Competition 2010, has been writing and publishing poetry since the late 1980s. Her poems have been published in leading magazines including: The…

Carmen Bugan

Carmen Bugan was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2010. Her first collection of poems, Crossing the Carpathians, was published in 2004. Her poetry and prose appears in many magazines…

Maitreyabandhu

Maitreyabandhu was born Ian Johnson in 1961, in Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire. He has won the Keats-Shelley Prize, the Basil Bunting Award, the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize, and the Ledbury Festival Poetry Competition….

Meredith Andrea

Meredith was a winner of the Poetry News Members’ Poems Competition on the theme of ‘Windows’, judged by Sue Hubbard. She was also a winner of the BBC Proms Poetry Competition

Victoria Gatehouse

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 competition in 2014 and 2015,…

Vuyelwa Carlin

…anthologies in the UK and abroad. She has published three poetry collections to date and has won prizes in both the Cardiff and National Poetry Competitions. Her poems ‘Lydia’ and…

Kyriakos Charalambides

poetry. Three of them were awarded the First State Prize for Poetry (Cyprus). His book Tholos (Dome) was award the Athens Academy Prize (1989) and his collection Metahistory was awarded the Greek National

Will Harris

Poetry School. He co-edits 13 Pages and organises The Poetry Inquisition. He is an Assistant Editor at The Rialto and a fellow of The Complete Works III. Published in the…

Aisling Fahey

…and performed at the Royal Festival Hall, National Poetry Day Live – on the same bill as the poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy. Aisling’s poetry was included in a NATE…

Mary Anne Clarke

for both the Southbank Centre and the Poetry Society National Poetry Day Live 2014. Mary Ann Clark is a winner of Young Poets Network challenges including ‘Imagism’ and ‘Winter poems’….

James Tate

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 of English at the University…

Franny Choi

Franny Choi is the author of Floating, Brilliant, Gone (Write Bloody, 2014).. She has been a finalist for multiple national poetry slams, and her work has been published in The…

Joan Michelson

…‘Self-Portrait With Secret’ was a winner of the Members’ Poems competition in the winter 2016 issue of The Poetry Society’s Poetry News. Originally from New England, Joan lives in London….

Gill Learner

2001 she has won the Poetry Society’s Hamish Canham Prize in 2008 and the Buxton poetry competition (2011). Her first collection, The Agister’s Experiment, (2011) was published by Two Rivers…

Mario Petrucci

Mario Petrucci is the winner of the Bridport Prize, the London Writers Competition (four times) and a Poetry Book Society Recommendation for his debut collection Shrapnel and Sheets. He has…

Bernie Cullen

…studying at the Poetry School, and a life-changing Arvon course, Bernie is putting together her MA collection of poems. She won the York Mix poetry competition in 2017 with a…

Mary King

The Poetry Business and came second in Manchester Cathedral’s Poetry Competition judged by Jo Bell. She works with a poetry group, Keele Poets at Silverdale, lead by Caroline Hawkridge.  …

Richard Goodson

Richard Goodson is a poet, creative writing teacher and runs The Poetry Society’s Nottingham Stanza. He was winner of our 2008 Stanza Poetry Competition with ‘Daniel Craig: The Screensaver’, which was…

Julie Lumsden

Julie Lumsden won The Poetry Society’s Stanza Poetry Competition in 2009 with ‘Fancy Man’ and her poems have also been published in Poetry News. Her pamphlet True Crime was published…

Jeff Skinner

Nest, Crowsfeet, Clear Poetry, Ground Poetry,  The Open Mouse –  and on a Guernsey bus. He was shortlisted in the 2015 Wells Poetry Competition. He reads with Exeter Poets Uncut….

Yvonne Reddick

Yvonne Reddick’s pamphlet Translating Mountains won the 2017 Mslexia Pamphlet Competition and is published by Seren. She won a Northern Writer’s Award in 2016 and was a Hawthornden Fellow in 2017. Her book Ted…

Laura Foley

Laura Foley is the author of six poetry collections, including Joy Street, Syringa and Night Ringing. Her poem ‘Gratitude List’ won the Common Good Books poetry competition, judged by Garrison…

Cia Mangat

…Poet in 2016. She is also a commended poet in  the Riddle Me This Poetry Challenge on The Poetry Society’s Young Poets Network, and a runner-up in the BBC Proms Poetry Competition 2017. …

Robin Houghton

Robin Houghton is published in many magazines including Agenda, Bare Fiction, Envoi, Poetry News, Prole and The Rialto, and in numerous anthologies. She won the Poetry Society’s Hamish Canham Prize…

Anne-Marie Fyfe

…and Selected Poems, with a fifth collection, House of Small Absences, due out in April 2015. She also won the Academi Cardiff International Poetry Competition with her poem ‘Curaçao Dusk’….

Natalie Whittaker

Natalie Whittaker is a teacher and poet. Her work has appeared in magazines including Poetry News and Southbank Poetry. In 2016 she was commended in the Brittle Star competition and…

Nicola Mayne

…and illustrates things for her patient children and husband. She was published in the Poetry Society’s Poetry News as a winner of the Members’ Poems Competition on the theme of ‘Gold’….

Chris Beckett

…MPT and Poetry London, also in anthologies, including Sidekick’s latest Birdbook. He won the Poetry London competition in 2001 and his second collection, Ethiopia Boy, was published by Carcanet/Oxford Poets…

Paul Stephenson

Paul Stephenson currently lives in Paris. He recently completed the Arvon/Jerwood mentoring scheme and was one of 2014’s Aldeburgh Eight. He was published in the Poetry Society’s Poetry News as…

Simon Armitage

…including the Keats-Shelley Prize for Poetry in 2010 and the Hay Medal for Poetry in 2012. He was also awarded a CBE for services to poetry in 2010. He lives…

Jackie Kay

and Darling. Her novel Trumpet won the Guardian Fiction Prize and her children’s poetry collection, Red, Cherry Red won the CLPE Poetry Award. She is Professor of Creative Writing at…

Kate Tempest

word release was Broken Herd (2009). Her poetry book/CD/DVD package Everything Speaks in its Own Way (2012) was followed by a new collection of poetry Hold Your Own (Picador, 2014)….