Natalie Whittaker

Southbank 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….

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…

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…

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…

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’….

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…

Lucy Thynne

…on prose poetry on Young Poets Network and a winner in the 2016 Behind the Curtain poetry challenge on Young Poets Network, in partnership with the V&A Museum. She is a…

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…

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…

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….

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…

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’….

Ciaran Carson

Star Factory, Shamrock Tea and Exchange Place. In 2013 he was shortlisted for The Poetry Society’s Popescu Prize for European Poetry in Translation for In the Light Of: after Illuminations…

Luljeta Lleshanaku

selection of newer work. It is a Poetry Book Society Recommended Translation and is shortlisted for the Corneliu M Popescu Prize for poetry translated from a European language into English….

Clare Pollard

a one-woman show with Jaybird Live Literature. She blogs regularly about life as a poet at She is a judge for The Poetry Society’s Popescu European Poetry Translation Prize 2015….

Sheenagh Pugh

and 1997) and the Cardiff International Poetry Prize (1984 and 1988). Other accolades include the Forward Prize for best individual poem in 1997, the Wales Book of the Year Award…

David Olsen

the 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….

W.N. Herbert

W.N. Herbert was born in Dundee, and educated at Brasenose College, Oxford, where he published his DPhil thesis (To  Circumjack MacDiarmid, OUP, 1992). He has published seven volumes of poetry

Anna Szabó

…Yeats, and Updike. She published her first volume of poetry when she was twenty-three, winning the Petofi Prize for promising young poets. Her poetry has since won every major Hungarian…

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 acclaimed…

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 poet…

Arvis Viguls

the best debut and Poetry Days Prize as the best poetry book of the year. After his second critically acclaimed collection 5:00 (2012) he is now working on his third…

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 Poetry

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 The…

Simon Armitage

Shakespeare’s Globe in 2014. In 2015 he was appointed Professor of Poetry at Oxford University and in 2018 he was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry.  In May 2019…

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 Selected…

Ahren Warner

in 2012. Ahren’s second collection, Pretty, published in June 2013, was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. He is poetry editor of Poetry London. Ahren was a Commended Foyle Young Poet…

Mimi Khalvati

…the UK and Iran. She has published eight collections of poetry with Carcanet Press, including The Meanest Flower, a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, a Financial Times Book of the Year,…

Michael Donaghy

…Collected Poems was published in 2009. Other projects included ‘Wallflowers’, a lecture on poetry published by the Poetry Society and a film, Habit, in collaboration with the director Miranda Pennel…

David Morley

The Invisible Kings and Scientific Papers. David is known for poetry installations within natural landscapes: ‘slow poetry’ sculptures and I-Cast poetry films. His podcasts are among the most popular creative…

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)….

Clara Janés

delicias,  ‘Ψ or the Garden of Delights’ (2014) won the León University Poetry Award. Louis Bourne’s translations of poems from this book appear in The Poetry Review, 108:2, Summer 2018….

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 his…

Susan Utting

TLS, The Independent, Forward Book of Poetry, The Poetry Review and Poems on the Underground. Following Striptease (Smith/Doorstop) and Houses Without Walls (Two Rivers Press), Fair’s Fair (also TRP) is…

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…

Karen McCarthy Woolf

Poetry Review and Modern Poetry in Translation among others. An Aviary of Small Birds, her debut poetry collection published in 2014 by OxfordPoets, is an elegy to her stillborn son….

Rishi Dastidar

from it was included in The Forward Book of Poetry 2018. A member of Malika’s Poetry Kitchen, he is also chair of the London writer development organisation Spread The Word….

Jess Green

tour. The theatre adaptation of Burning Books was longlisted for the Bread & Roses Theatre Award and toured nationally including to NUT National Conference. Her second show, A Self Help…

Mary Ruefle

…Honey: Collected Lectures (Wave Books, 2012), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism, and Selected Poems (Wave Books, 2010), winner of the William Carlos Williams Award…

Antony Owen

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 schools….

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 was…

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, Paragraph…

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). Her…

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 work,…

Martin Reed

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

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 (Carcanet…

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 attended…

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 her…

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 in…

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 of…

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 is…

Charlie Druce

Charlie Druce was commended in the 2006 National Poetry Competition.

Frank Dux

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

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 published…

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 the…

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 from…

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 of…

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 Night…

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, 1991)…

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 Men,…

Rhian Gallagher

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

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 published…

Mary Courtney

Mary Courtney was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2008.

Copland Smith

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

Vicki Feaver

…and 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….

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, 2009)….

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….

Helen Oswald

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

Kate Newmann

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

Patricia Pogson

Patricia Pogson won 2nd Prize in the 1989 National Poetry Competition

Pauline Keith

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

Jon Sait

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

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 has…

Frances Wilson

Frances Wilson was awarded 2nd Prize in the 1990 National Poetry Competition.

Anna Crowe

…Andrews. 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)….

Clive McWilliam

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

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 has…

Nick Rice

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

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 the…

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 lived…

Edward Barker

…pamphlet (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. …

Peter Wallis

the author of Articles of Twinship (Bare Fiction, 2016), the Submissions Editor of the UK charity Poems in the Waiting Room, and was shortlisted in the National Poetry Competition 2016….

Patricia Bishop

…and anthologies and her work has been read on Radio 4 and various local radio stations. In 1994, she was the joint second prize winner for the National Poetry Competition….

Stuart Pickford

…Forward 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’….

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….

Ruth Valentine

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

Katie Kirkpatrick

…Hughes Young Poets Award 2016 and a Specially Commended poet in the Young Fenland Poet Laureate competition 2016. She won the 12-18 category of the BBC Proms Poetry Competition 2019….

Madeleine Wynne

Madeleine Wynne was one of the runners up in the BBC Proms Poetry Competition in 2014. The poem was inspired by ‘Sea Slumber’ from Elgar’s Sea Pictures. As we help…

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 Foundation….

Inua Ellams

…of poetry: Candy Coated Unicorns and Converse All Stars, Thirteen Fairy Negro Tales, The Wire-Headed Heathen and #Afterhours, shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry. His latest…

Alfred Corn

…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 magazine….

Adham Smart

…2010) 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.  …

Matthew Caley

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 Bloodaxe…

Ella Frears

Arts Foundation Fellowship in Poetry. She’s completed residencies for the National Trust, Tate Britain, K6 Gallery and Royal Holloway University. Her collaborative installation The Six Pillars of Modernism, was exhibited at Tate St.Ives….

Gillian Clarke

…She has taught creative writing to students of all ages and her poetry is studied by GCSE and A Level students throughout Britain. She has travelled in Europe and the…

Will Kemp

…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. His…

Sharon Olds

Sharon Olds (born November 19, 1942) is an American poet. Olds has been the recipient of many awards including the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, the 1984 National Book Critics…

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 3’s…