Denise Riley

…the First World War. The Pity commissions were premiered live at Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, on 2 October, National Poetry Day, 2014, accompanied by background visuals by Robert Peake. The…

Serena Cooke

…Farewell SWITCH celebration evening. Serena was a Young Producer for both the Southbank Centre and the Poetry Society National Poetry Day Live 2014. She is also a winner of the…

Fanny Howe

…Come 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…

Carolyn Forché

…Guggenheim 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…

Anna Kisby

…Seam and South Bank Poetry. She was the winner of the New Writer poetry competition 2011. Her debut pamphlet is published with Against the Grain Press in October 2017….

Charlotte Higgins

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….

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…

Michael Laskey

…further 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…

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….

Julia Webb

…the ‘Young Poets Centre Stage’ at Wymondham Words Literary Festival. She has a website http://juliawebb.org/ and a blog http://visual-poetics.blogspot.com/ Julia Webb was winner of the Stanza Poetry Competition 2011….

D A Prince

…in 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…

Lesley Saunders

…Greek’ was shortlisted for the Best Single Poem in the Forward Prize 1999; and in 2008 she was joint first in the inaugural Manchester competition for a portfolio of poems….

Nat Norland

…Society chose Nat’s poem from hundreds of entries. He is also a 2014 winner of the Cape Farewell/Young Poets Network competition to produce poems in response to climate change….

Jonathan Edwards

…won 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…

Eleanor Hooker

…Eleanor Hooker’s second collection of poems A Tug of Blue (Dedalus Press) was published in 2016. In 2013, her debut collection of poetry, The Shadow Owner’s Companion (Dedalus Press)…

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

Gwyneth Lewis

…Gwyneth Lewis was born in 1959 in Cardiff, Wales. She writes both in Welsh, her first language, and in English, and her published poetry includes Parables and Faxes (1995),…

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…

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’….

Ilmar Lehtpere

…Ilmar Lehtpere had a bilingual upbringing in Estonian and English. His translations of Estonian poetry have appeared in various literary journals in Europe and America.  Ilmar Lehtpere is Kristiina…

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…

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…

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

Swithun Cooper

…Editor 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….

Kaye Lee

…in 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…

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…

Olivia McCannon

…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…

Catherine Labiran

…She 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…

Jon Dressel

…Jon Dressel was born 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…

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…

Linda Chase

…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….

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…

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…

Keith Chandler

…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’….

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,…

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…

John Latham

…Sailor 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…

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…

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…

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,…

Michael Hulse

…in 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…

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…

Jonathan Tel

…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….

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)….

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,…

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…

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,…

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:…

Sue Butler

…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’….

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. …

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…

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…

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…

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…

Christopher James

…Christopher James is the winner of the National Poetry Competition 2008. He has won the Bridport (2002) and the Ledbury poetry prizes (2003 and 2006) and is also the…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Ian Duhig

…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….

Julia Copus

poetry 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…

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….

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…

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…

Maitreyabandhu

Competition. His first pamphlet The Bond won the Poetry Business Book and Pamphlet Competition (2010) and was shortlisted for the Michael Marks Award. Vita Brevis, his second pamphlet, won the…

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

Victoria Gatehouse

…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 competition in 2014 and…

Mary Anne Clarke

…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’….

Kyriakos Charalambides

National Prize for Poetry (1996). In 1997 he published his own translation and introduction to Romanos the Melodist’s Three Hymns which was awarded the Hellenic Society Literary Translator’s Prize. He…

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…

Rachel Long

…currently studying an MA in Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths University, London. Rachel was a Young Producer for both the Southbank Centre and the Poetry Society National Poetry Day…

Vuyelwa Carlin

…and 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’…

Caroline Bird

…the end of November 2009. They are all published by Carcanet. Caroline has performed widely, including Latitude, The Big Chill, Ledbury Poetry Festival and alongside Simon Armitage for National Poetry

Aisling Fahey

…future 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…

James Tate

…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 of English at the…

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…

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…

Jeff Skinner

…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….

Bernie Cullen

…After 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…

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…

Joan Michelson

…Her poem ‘Muslim Girl’ won the The Poetry Society’s Hamish Canham Prize in 2012 and her poem ‘Self-Portrait With Secret’ was a winner of the Members’ Poems competition in the…

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…

Robin Houghton

…Prize in 2013 and the 2014 Stanza competition and was runner-up in the Plough Poetry Prize 2014. Her pamphlet The Great Vowel Shift  was published by Telltale Press in 2014….

Tess Jolly

…the 2015 Hamish Canham Prize for the best Poetry Society Members’ poem to be published in Poetry News; she was also awarded joint second place in the Stanza Poetry Competition….

Cia Mangat

…Cia is 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. She was also…

Natalie Whittaker

Poetry. In 2016 she was commended in the Brittle Star competition and the Plough Poetry Prize. She has also been shortlisted for the Frogmore Prize and the Bridport Prize….

Mary King

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.  …

Paul Stephenson

…as a winner of the Members’ Poems Competition on the themes of ‘Gold’ and ‘The Tiny World’. He was a Poetry Business Book & Pamphlet Prize winner in 2015….

Chris Beckett

…in 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…

Anne-Marie Fyfe

…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’….

Nicola Mayne

…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’….

Gill Learner

…in 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…

Arvis Viguls

…Arvis Viguls is a Latvian poet, literary critic and translator from English, Spanish, Russian and Serbo-Croatian. His first poetry collection Istaba (Room, 2009) received Annual Prize of Latvian Writers Union…

Jan Wagner

…Jan Wagner was born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1971. A poet and essayist, he has published six volumes of poetry, including Guerickes Sperling (2004), Achtzehn Pasteten (2007), Australien (2010)and…

Simon Armitage

…written and presented a number of TV documentaries. In February 2011 he became Professor of Poetry at the University of Sheffield. He has won a wealth of awards for his…

Jackie Kay

…Jackie Kay is a poet, novelist and playwright. She was born and brought up in Scotland, and lives in Manchester. Her many poetry collections include The Adoption Papers, Off…

Clare Pollard

…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…

Doireann Ní Ghríofa

Poetry Bursary, the Michael Hartnett Award for Poetry and Scotland’s Wigtown Award for Gaelic Poetry. Her third book, Clasp was shortlisted for the 2016 Irish Times Poetry Award. www.doireannnighriofa.com…

David Olsen

…Greatest Hits invitational series of poetry chapbooks from Pudding Publications. His poems, plays and stories have won recognition in more than fifty literary competitions in North America and UK….