Ciaran Carson

…Ciaran Carson was born in 1948 in Belfast where he is Professor of Poetry and Director of the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s University. His collections include The Irish…

Pauline Stainer

…Pauline Stainer was commissioned by the Churches Conservation Trust and the Poetry Society to write a celebratory poem to mark the CCT’s 40th anniversary in 2008. She is an…

Laura Scott

…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…

Luljeta Lleshanaku

…literary magazine editor and journalist. She won the prestigious International Kristal Vilenica Prize in 2009, and has had a teaching post at the University of Iowa and a fellowship from…

Eva Salzman

…Eva Salzman is the author of four collections of poetry, all of which have been Poetry Book Society Recommendations or Special Commendations. The latest is Double Crossing: New and…

Michael Donaghy

…include Shibboleth (Oxford University Press, 1988), winner of the Whitbread Prize for Poetry and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, and Errata (OUP, 1993). These books were published together as Dances…

Roger McGough

…Roger McGough, poet, playwright, children’s writer and broadcaster, was awarded an OBE for services to poetry in 1997 and a CBE in 2004. He is the President of the…

Helen Jagger

…Helen Jagger’s poems have been published in the UK, US and Australia.  She runs The Poetry Society’s North Cornwall Stanza, many poetry workshops and has facilitated the Indian King Poets. She was…

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….

Kate Tempest

…and the BBC, and worked with Amnesty International to help secondary school children write their own protest songs. Tempest released her debut album Balance in 2011 and has featured on…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Antony Owen

…Mandarin and Dutch. CND Peace Education (UK) selected Owen as one of their first national patrons in 2015, and his poems feature in a national CND peace education resource to…

Kim Addonizio

…Kim Addonizio was born on 31 July 1954 in Bethesda, Maryland. She has received two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, as well as the 2005 Guggenheim Fellowship. She…

David Briggs

…David Briggs is a poet and teacher. He received an Eric Gregory Award in 2002 and was commended in the 2007 National Poetry Competition. His first collection, The Method…

David Thorley

…David Thorley was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2010. He is a freelance writer and journalist as well as a PhD student researching autobiographical writing about illness in…

Cherry Smyth

…Cherry Smyth was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2009. She has published three collections: When the Lights Go Up (2001), One Wanted Thing (2006) and Test, Orange (2012)….

Ann Gray

…Ann Gray was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2010. Her most recent collection is At The Gate (2008). Previous collections include The Man I Was Promised (2004). She…

Copland Smith

Copland Smith is a Manchester based poet, musician and playwright. He has been commended three times in the National Poetry Competition.

Ann Drysdale

…Ann Drysdale received second prize in the 2001 National Poetry Competition with her poem ‘New Fruit’. Her collections include Backwork (Peterloo Poets, 2002) and Quaintness and Other Offences (Cinnamon,…

Vicki Feaver

…Costa Prizes. The Handless Maiden was reissued in 2009. She lives in South Lanarkshire, Scotland, with her husband and dog. She was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2010….

Frank Ortega

…Frank Ortega was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2009. He has had work published by The Madison Review, Colorado Review, Ferro-Botanica, Seneca Review, Z Miscellaneous, Downtown, Amicus Journal,…

Julie Collar

…Julie Collar was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2009. She obtained an MA with Distinction in Creative Writing from the University of Bath Spa in 2009. Two of…

Clive McWilliam

Clive McWilliam won third prize in the National Poetry Competition 2008.

Nick Rice

…Nick Rice won the 1990 National Poetry Competition with his poem ‘Room Service’….

Sam Gardiner

…Sam Gardiner (1936-2016) won the 1993 National Poetry Competition with his poem ‘Protestant Windows’. The collection Protestant Windows appeared in 2000, followed by The Picture Never Taken (2004), The…

Neil Lockwood

…Neil Lockwood was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2009. He is in his sixties and semi-retired. His career has been in NHS management, and he is now Chairman…

John Levett

…John Levett was joint winner of the 1991 National Poetry Competition with his poem ‘A Shrunken Head’. His latest collection is The Nick of Time published by Shoestring Press…

Sam Riviere

…Sam Riviere was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2009. He studied at the Norwich School of Art and Design, and holds a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing…

Pauline Keith

…Pauline Keith is a Lancaster based poet who received a commendation in the 2007 National Poetry Competition for her poem ‘Missing’….

Antony Dunn

…Antony Dunn, commended in the National Poetry Competition 2011, has published three collections of poems, Pilots and Navigators (Oxford University Press, 1998), Flying Fish (Carcanet OxfordPoets, 2002) and Bugs…

Patricia McCarthy

…Patricia McCarthy is the winner of the National Poetry Competition 2012. She was born in Cornwall, and brought up mainly in Ireland. After studying at Trinity College, Dublin, she…

Ruth Valentine

…Ruth Valentine was commended in the 2007 National Poetry Competition. Her latest collection is On the Saltmarsh (Smokestack, 2012)….

Tom Warner

…Tom Warner, commended in the National Poetry Competition 2013, was born in Mansfield. He has received an Eric Gregory Award, a Faber New Poets Award, the Escalator Prize and…

Danica Ognjenovic

…Danica Ognjenovic, commended in the National Poetry Competition 2013, grew up in West London, close to the Thames, and spent many childhood days walking along the river towpath. She…

Anna Crowe

…She was the runner-up in the National Poetry Competition 1985 and her most recent work is Peatlands, translations of poems by Mexican poet Pedro Serrano (Arc Visible Poets, 2014)….

Jon Sait

…Jon Sait won the 2004 National Poetry Competition with his poem ‘Homeland’….

Edward Barker

…(The Like of It) in 2005.  Since 2010 his poems have won several awards and commendations. His poem, ‘The Mother Dough’, was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2012. …

Stuart Pickford

…Best First Collection prize. He lives in Harrogate and teaches in a local comprehensive. He was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2012 for his poem ‘Swimming with Jellyfish’….

Charlie Druce

Charlie Druce was commended in the 2006 National Poetry Competition.

Liz Berry

…Liz Berry was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2011. Born in the Black Country, she received an Eric Gregory Award in 2009 and her pamphlet, The Patron Saint…

Frank Dux

…Frank Dux was commended in the 2007 National Poetry Competition for his poem ‘Coming Down to Drink’….

Lindy Barbour

…Lindy Barbour was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2011. Born in Kirkwall, she read English at Oxford, and teaches Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of Edinburgh. She…

Robert Stein

Robert Stein was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2012.

John Daniel

…John Daniel is a poet and artist. He was commended in the 2006 National Poetry Competition. His collection, Skinning the Bull, was published by Oversteps in 2012….

Mary Courtney

Mary Courtney was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2008.

Rhian Gallagher

…Rhian Gallagher was placed third in the 2001 National Poetry Competition with her poem ‘Embrace’….

Martin Reed

…Martin Reed won the 1988 National Poetry Competition with his poem ‘The Widow’s Dream’….

Stephen Watts

…Stephen Watts was born in London in 1952. He was a Hawthornden Fellow in 1993 and was twice awarded second prize in the UK National Poetry Competition. His latest…

Medbh McGuckian

…Medbh McGuckian is a poet from Northern Ireland whose poem ‘The Flitting’ won first prize in the 1979 National Poetry Competition. Her first published poems appeared in two pamphlets…

Kevin Saving

…Kevin Saving was placed third in the National Poetry Competition 2005. He has worked in the care industry and remains a registered but non practising psychiatric nurse. He self…

Rosemary Norman

…Rosemary Norman won 2nd prize in the 2007 National Poetry Competition with her poem ‘The Hairdresser from Beirut’. She has published two full collections; Threats & Promises (Iron Press,…

Helen Oswald

…Helen Oswald was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2008. Learning Gravity (tall lighthouse, 2010) is her debut collection….

Christopher Southgate

…Christopher Southgate lives in Devon and is a Senior Lecturer in Theology at the University of Exeter. He was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2008. His latest collection…

Kate Newmann

…Kate Newmann was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2008. Her latest collection is I am a Horse (Arlen House, 2011)….

Harriet Torr

…Harriet Torr was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2008. My Father’s Pot and Other Poems was published by Koo Press in 2009….

Adham Smart

…and The Salt Book of Younger Poets (Salt, 2011). Adham was a Young Producer for both the Southbank Centre and the Poetry Society National Poetry Day Live 2014.  …

Clive Eastwood

…Clive Eastwood is Stanza rep for the Kent & Sussex Poetry Society Stanza. He has one full collection, Fly In Red Wine which was published by the National Poetry

Matthew Caley

…(3rd and 2nd) in separate National Poetry Competitions. His second full-length collection, The Scene of My Former Triumph (Wrecking Ball Press, 2005), was followed by a third, Apparently (2010), from…

Julian May

…– and has worked as a BBC radio producer for 25 years. He was responsible for Radio 4’s contribution to National Poetry Day for many years, a founder-producer of Radio…

Gillian Clarke

…on a smallholding in Ceredigion, where they raise a small flock of sheep, and care for the land according to organic and conservation practice. She is the national poet of Wales….

Alfred Corn

…prizes from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, the Academy of American Poets, and the Levinson Prize from Poetry

F.J. Williams

…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 in national competitions for…

Will Kemp

…the environmental impacts of major developments. Will has been highly placed in several national competitions, and won the Keats-Shelley Prize, Cinnamon Press Poetry Collection Award and Envoi International Poetry Prize….

Ian Humphreys

…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 Bridport Prize. Ian is…

Lucy Thynne

…was commended in the Timothy Corsellis Prize 2015 and the Young Poets Network Festive Feasts, Eve of St Agnes Challenge, and won the BBC Proms Poetry Competition junior category in 2016….

Jane Kite

…Jane Kite lives in Otley, West Yorkshire. She is joint managing editor of Otley Word Feast Press. She was commended in The Poetry Society’s 2013 Stanza Poetry Competition on…

Victoria Kennefick

…Victoria Kennefick won the Munster Literature Centre Fool for Poetry Chapbook Competition and the Saboteur Award for Best Poetry Pamphlet for White Whale (Southword Editions, 2015)….

Paul Batchelor

…was shortlisted for The Jerwood Aldeburgh First Collection Prize 2008 and the Glen Dimplex Prize for Best First Collection. His poem ‘Comeuppance’ won the Edwin Morgan International Poetry Competition in…

Yvonne Green

…Yvonne Green was born in London in 1957. Her first collection, Boukhara, was a winner in the Poetry Business Competition, and her collection After Semyon Izrailevich Lipkin was named…

Annie Fan

…Annie is a runner-up in the BBC Proms Poetry Competition 2017. She is also the 2nd prize winner in the Who is Giselle? poetry challenge on Young Poets Network….

Mara Bergman

…Mara Bergman’s first collection, The Tailor’s Three Sons and Other New York Poems Seren (2015), won the Mslexia Poetry Pamphlet Competition. Crossing Into Tamil Nadu, published in 2016, was a…

Yvonne Reddick

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

Kim Moore

…Like Wolves was a winner in The Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition. It was also chosen as an Independent Book of the Year in 2012 and was shortlisted for the Michael…

Annemarie Austin

…Annemarie Austin was born in Devon. She won the Cheltenham Literature Festival Poetry Competition in 1980, and her first collection, The Weather Coming (1987), was a Poetry Book Society…

Angela Stoner

…collection of poetry Weight and Flight (Oversteps Books). She finds the support and insight of groups such as Stanza invaluable.  She was the winner of the 2012 Stanza Poetry Competition….

Mary Ruefle

…Mary Ruefle is an American poet, essayist, and professor. She has published eleven collections of poetry, most recently, Trances of the Blast (Wave Books, 2013). Her new collection, My…

Rachael Allen

…Rachael Allen was born in 1989 in Cornwall. Her poetry has appeared in The Best British Poetry 2013 (Salt), Poetry London, The Sunday Times, The White Review online, Stop…

Catherine Smith

…Catherine Smith teaches for the University of Sussex, the Arvon Foundation, and runs a creative writing enrichment group for young writers. Widely admired, her three poetry collections to date…

Alan Brownjohn

poetry: he served on the Arts Council Literature Panel, was the Chairman of the Poetry Society from 1982-1988 and has collaborated in three teaching anthologies for secondary schools. His poetry

Mir Mahfuz Ali

…given readings and performances at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and other theatres in Britain and beyond. His poems have appeared in The Poetry Review, London Magazine, Poetry London,…

Con Connell

…Con Connell coordinates the Southampton Stanza of The Poetry Society. He is BBC award-winning, and erstwhile poet-in-residence at Southampton FC. He has co-edited three poetry collections, and his work…

Julian Stannard

…work also appeared in the Faber anthology First Pressings (1998) and the Oxford Poets/Carcanet Anthology (2004). He has been nominated for both the Pushcart Prize for Poetry (USA) and a…

Chris Bridge

…been published in several magazines including Tribune, Scrip, Poetry Nottingham, Pennine Platform and Other Poetry. He was commended in the international Hippocrates Prize 2013. He lives in North Yorkshire….

Andrew Motion

…first collection of poems, The Pleasure Steamers, published in 1977. His collection, The Cinder Path (2009), was shortlisted for the 2010 Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry. His…

Naomi Foyle

…As an editor for Waterloo Press, Survivors Poetry (London) and Lagan Press (Belfast), Naomi Foyle has edited ten full-length poetry collections, including The Privilege of Rain by David Swann…

Sophie Stephenson-Wright

…Macmillan Poetry’s A First Poetry Book  in 2012. Sophie was a Foyle Young Poet of the Year in 2008 and was Commended in the Christopher Tower Poetry Prize in 2009….

John Burnside

…John Burnside was born in 1955 and is the author of eleven collections of poetry and five works of fiction. Burnside has achieved wide critical acclaim, winning the Whitbread…

Suzanne Batty

…Suzanne has been writing poetry for a number of years, and lectures in creative writing at Sheffield Hallam University. Her first poetry collection, The Barking Thing, was published by…

Eric Berlin

…received an MFA in Poetry from Syracuse University, an MFA in Sculpture from NY Academy of Art, and a BA in English from Harvard University. After a solo show at…

Chloe Stopa-Hunt

…Chloe’s poems have appeared in a range of publications, including Oxford Review and Magma. Reviews and review-essays have featured in Asymptote, Poetry Matters, The Oxonian Review, Cake, The Alligator,…

Ros Barber

…Author’s Club Best First Novel Award, and long-listed for the Women’s Prize (formerly Orange Prize) for fiction. She has written three collections of poetry; the most recent is Material (Anvil,…

Amy Key

…Amy Key’s poems have appeared in The Poetry Review, Poetry Wales and Poetry magazine. Her debut collection Luxe was published by Salt in 2013. She is the editor of…

Patrick Cotter

…(Three Spires Press 2009). No One Knows, a bilingual selection, was published in Macedonia in 2014. His work has been published in London Review of Books, Poetry, PN Review and…

Kathryn Simmonds

…Kathryn Simmonds was born in 1972. Her poetry collection Sunday at the Skin Launderette won the Forward Prize for best first collection in 2008 and was shortlisted for the…

Christopher North

…Christopher North’s poetry has won many prizes. His first pamphlet collection A Mesh of Wires was short-listed for the Forward Prize in 1999. His first full collection Explaining the…

Liane Strauss

…(Donut Press, 2009). Her poems have appeared in a variety of journals in the US and the UK, including Poetry, The Hudson Review, The Georgia Review, The Poetry Review, The…