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…

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…

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)….

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…

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…

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….

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

Clare Pollard

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

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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….

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…

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…

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…

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…

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….

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….

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…

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

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…

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….

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…

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…

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…

Rhian Gallagher

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

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…

Jon Sait

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

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…

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…

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…

Nick Rice

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

Mary Courtney

Mary Courtney was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2008.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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….

Kate Newmann

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

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….

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…

Frank Dux

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

Charlie Druce

Charlie Druce was commended in the 2006 National Poetry Competition.

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…

Robert Stein

Robert Stein was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2012.

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’….

Ruth Valentine

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

Copland Smith

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

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. …

Pauline Keith

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

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)….

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.

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….

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…

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,…

Patricia Pogson

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

Frances Wilson

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

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,…

Martin Reed

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

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…

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…

Helen Oswald

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

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)…

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…

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…

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….

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…

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.  …

F.J. Williams

…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 his…

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….

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…

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…

Ian Humphreys

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 a…

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)….

Kim Moore

…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 Marks…

Paul Batchelor

…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 2009….

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 Recommendation….

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 as…

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….

Annie Fan

…Network and highly commended in the Nearlyology challenge. They are also a runner-up in the BBC Proms Poetry Competition 2017 and the second prize winner in the Who is Giselle? poetry challenge on Young Poets Network….

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 the…

Matilda Houston-Brown

…and Jen Hadfield. She is also a commended poet in the secondary category of the Agincourt 600 Poetry Competition, and commended in the Timothy Corsellis Poetry Prize 2018 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 Templar…

Sophie Stephenson-Wright

in 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….

Chloe Stopa-Hunt

and Poetry Review. Chloe is currently the poetry reviews editor at Cadaverine magazine and a senior editor at The Oxonian Review. Chloe was a Foyle Young Poet of the Year…

Ros Barber

…(Anvil, 2008) a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Her poems have appeared in numerous publications and anthologies, including Faber’s Poems of the Decade (2012) and Penguin’s The Poetry of Sex (2014)….

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 Bloodaxe…

Carl Griffin

recently longlisted for the Cinnamon Poetry Pamphlet Prize and the Melita Hume Prize, and also commended in the Geoff Stevens Memorial Poetry Prize. He has reviewed for Wales Arts Review….

Christopher North

Oversteps Books). Wolves Recently Sighted  was a winner in the 2014 Templar Pamphlet & Collection Awards. He facilitates poetry retreats at the Almassera Vella in Relleu, Alicante and chairs Stanza Alacant for The Poetry Society….

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 Best…

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 (Waterloo…

Patience Agbabi

…as one of the Poetry Book Society’s ‘Next Generation’ poets. In 2010 she was appointed Canterbury Poet Laureate. Her poem ‘The Doll’s House’ was featured in the Spring 2013 issue…