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 Poetry

Susan Wicks

Poet and novelist Susan Wicks was born in Kent, England, in 1947. She is the author of several collections of poetry including Singing Underwater (1992), which won the Aldeburgh Poetry

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 Sharpening…

Julie Corbett

…and has received commissions for poetry performances at Humbermouth Literature Festival and the BBC’s Contains Strong Language. Her poems have been published in several poetry magazines and anthologies and Julie was…

Patrick Cotter

…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 elsewhere,…

Chris Bridge

…has 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….

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 Private…

Adele Geras

Adele Geras is an award-winning writer for young children and adults. Her prizes for poetry include the HH Wingate Jewish Quarterly Poetry Award and the Smith/Doorstop Poetry Pamphlet Award jointly…

Sheila Schofield

Sheila Schofield wrote for and edited numerous publications throughout her career in the charity sector. She started writing poetry about 20 years ago and has contributed to several anthologies. She…

Maggie Butt

Maggie Butt has published five poetry collections and a novel. She’s an ex-journalist and BBC TV producer who’s taught creative writing at Middlesex University for 26 years and is now…

Sarah Westcott

Sarah Westcott’s collection Slant Light is published by Pavilion Poetry. Her poems have appeared in magazines including The Poetry Review and Magma, and on beermats, billboards and the side of buses. Recent awards…

Richard Westcott

and his poems have appeared in various places including the Mary Evans Poetry Blog, Lighten Up Online, the Pitt Rivers Museum and the Ledbury Festival site. He blogs at www.richardwestcottspoetry.com…

Sugar J

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

Roger Robinson

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

Charles Sorley

Charles Hamilton Sorley was killed in action in October 1915 and his poetry was published posthumously in 1916. Some of his poetry was published in The Poetry Review in 1916,…

Amelia Doherty

…#1, themed around edgelands, and a winner in the Great Fire poetry challenge. She is additionally a commended poet in the Greys Court Palimpsest Poetry Challenge, and the Riddle Me This Poetry Challenge….

Eleni Cay

poetic combinations, featured on Button Poetry and Moving Poems. Eleni has been invited to read her poetry at the Harvard University, International Ars Poetica Festival, Frankfurt Book Fair, Villa Trebitsch…

Theophilus Kwek

in 2016. He served as President of the Oxford University Poetry Society, and is currently Editor of Oxford Poetry and Chief Executive Assistant at Asymptote, an international journal of translation….

Toon Tellegen

…wife, and worked as a GP until his recent retirement. In 2011, his collection Raptors, translated into English by Judith Wilkinson, won The Poetry Society’s Popescu Prize for European Poetry in Translation….

Helen Jayne Gunn

Helen’s poems have been published by Mslexia, Leaf Books, Shoestring Press, Soundswrite Press and other poetry publications.  She started reading and writing poetry when she got a job in a…

Hugo Williams

…a regular contributor to the ‘Freelance’ column in The Times Literary Supplement and is poetry editor for The Spectator. He was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2004….

Sarah Barr

Sarah Barr lives in Dorset and has recently set up a new Poetry Society Stanza group in Wimborne which she hopes local poets will enjoy coming to. She writes poetry

Momtaza Mehri

Momtaza Mehri is a poet and essayist. Her work has been featured in Vogue, Poetry London, BBC Radio 4, Buzzfeed, Poetry Society of America and Real Life Mag. She is a Complete Works…

Helen Overell

…magazines including Scintilla, Other Poetry, The Interpreter’s House and in Poetry News as well as in anthologies including The Poet’s Quest for God: 21st Century Poems of Faith, Doubt and…

Alan Brownjohn

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 has…

Julian Stannard

…for both the Pushcart Prize for Poetry (USA) and a Forward Prize (UK). He writes for The Poetry Review, the Guardian, TLS, PN Review, Poetry London,  and Nuova Corrente (Italy)….

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 has…

Andrew Motion

Professor Andrew Motion was born in London on 26 October 1952, and read English at University College, Oxford. An acclaimed poet (and champion of poetry), critic, biographer and lecturer, Andrew…

Catherine Smith

of the ‘Next Generation Poets’ in 2004. Her first full poetry collection, The Butcher’s Hands, was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and her latest collection, Otherwhere, was published in 2012….

Liane Strauss

…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 Iowa…

Kathryn Simmonds

Poetry Award and longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award.  In 2013 she became the first Poet-in-Residence at The Charles Causley Trust and published her second poetry collection, The Visitations…

Mir Mahfuz Ali

…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, Ambit…

Eric Berlin

…Contemporary Art Space, he returned to poetry, winning The Ledge 2014 Poetry Prize and receiving a fellowship from Vermont Studio Center, where he began a book on the rhythm of…

Colette Sensier

…Best British Poetry 2011, The Salt Book of Younger Poets and Eyewear Publishing’s Lung Jazz: Young British Poets for Oxfam, among others. Colette was runner-up in the inaugural Melita Hume…

John Whitworth

John Whitworth’s poetry has been featured in The Poetry Review since 1982, the most recent being ‘Religion and Poetry’ in the Winter 2008 issue….

Tamar Yoseloff

2011). Formerly combines a new sonnet sequence with photographs by Vici MacDonald, exhibited at the Poetry Café and the Poetry Library. It was also published as a chapbook by Hercules…

Anne Stewart

…is a part-time administrator for Second Light, a network of women poets, was President of the Shortlands Poetry Circle, and continues as Poetry Society Stanza rep for Kent North West….

John Glenday

Poetry Book Society Recommendation and was shortlisted for both the Ted Hughes Award and the Griffin Poetry Prize. His most recent collection, The Golden Mean was published by Picador in September…

Robert Crawford

…Recommendations and Full Volume was shortlisted for the 2008 T.S. Eliot Prize. In 2011 he was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry. His latest poetry

Rebecca Perry

Rebecca Perry’s pamphlet, little armoured (Seren, 2012), won the Poetry Wales Purple Moose prize and was a Poetry Book Society Choice. Her first full collection, Beauty/Beauty (Bloodaxe, 2015), was a…

Jean Sprackland

and is Education Director for the Poetry Archive. Jean was the original manager of the Poetryclass inset scheme, which supports teachers in overcoming the challenges they face when teaching poetry….

Laura Seymour

Herb Robert grew out of the 2009 Flarestack Press pamphlet competition. Laura was shortlisted in this competition, and then invited to submit a new collection to the editors, Meredith Andrea…

Oliver Comins

west London. His publications include three Templar Poetry pamphlets, the most recent of which, Battling Against the Odds (2016), led to his appointment as National Golf Month Poet for 2017….

Rupert Brooke

…a national symbol of the tragic wartime loss of a promising generation. Brooke’s most famous collection of poetry, 1914 & Other Poems, contained all five of his war sonnets, including…

Peter Gizzi

…2001, he has been a professor in the MFA Program for Poets & Writers at The University of Massachusetts Amherst. For several years, he was poetry editor of The Nation;…

Mara Adamitz Scrupe

installation, and social practice, for which she has won several awards and fellowships. Her work has been shortlisted or named finalist for several national and international literary awards in 2015….

Evaporations

…and from their meaty backs A million crackling things Burst into flight which was either water Or the hour itself ascending.     Find more information about National Poetry Day….

Jericho Shandy

…it says to Alan Bennett, Poetry? But that’s found far from outskirts such as these! Remembering that Bennett lived near Troy, by Horsforth Station, he thinks of Irwin, Hector’s foe,…

Ian McMillan

…Pick of the Week, You & Yours, Last Word and The Arts Show. He’s been a castaway on Desert Island Discs. Previously he was resident poet for English National Opera,…

Katherine Spencer-Davies

Katherine Spencer-Davies was a runner-up in the BBC Proms Poetry Competition 2016, 12-18 category.

Jason Khan

Jason Khan was a runner-up in the BBC Proms Poetry Competition 2016, 12-18 category.

Nirvana Yarger

Nirvana is a commended poet in the 2016 Young Poets Network August Challenge #1. She is also commended in the secondary category of the Agincourt 600 Poetry Competition on Young Poets Network.

Barirah Ashfak

Barirah is a commended poet in the secondary category of the Agincourt 600 Poetry Competition.

John Scrivens

John Scrivens was commended in the BBC Proms Poetry Competition adult category in 2016.

David Van-Cauter

…commended in the Stanza competition. He is a personal tutor and editor. He loves board games, music, cats and being spontaneous. He was MC for North Herts at the Stanza…

Olga Dermott-Bond

Olga was a runner-up in the over 19 category in the BBC Proms Poetry Competition 2018.

Freya Upton

Freya is a commended poet in the secondary category of the Agincourt 600 Poetry Competition.

Rachel Curzon

Rachel Curzon was the winner in the over 19 category in the BBC Proms Poetry Competition 2018.

Caroline Smith

…journals, she has twice won prizes in the Troubadour Poetry Competition. Smith has had work set to music, broadcast on the BBC and is also the author of a musical…

Michael Swan

Michael Swan was the winner of the Stanza Poetry Competition 2010.

George Evans

George is a commended poet in the primary category of the Agincourt 600 Poetry Competition.

Monica Selzer

Monica is a commended poet in the primary category of the Agincourt 600 Poetry Competition.

Gilda Hanson

Gilda is a commended poet in the primary category of the Agincourt 600 Poetry Competition.

Jake Talbot

Jake is the overall winner of the Agincourt 600 Poetry Competition in the primary category.

Isabel White

Isabel was one of the runners-up in the BBC Proms Poetry Competition 2017….

Angus McCormick

Angus is a runner-up in the BBC Proms Poetry Competition 2015.

Charlie Lambert

Charlie is a commended poet in the primary category of the Agincourt 600 Poetry Competition.

Sam Williams

Sam is a commended poet in the secondary category of the Agincourt 600 Poetry Competition.

Margaret Black

Margaret is a commended poet in the primary category of the Agincourt 600 Poetry Competition.

Roahn Mohindru

Roahn is a commended poet in the primary category of the Agincourt 600 Poetry Competition.

Ian Harker

Ian was a runner-up in the over 19 category in the BBC Proms Poetry Competition 2018.

John Gohorry

…sequence Thirty Three Ostrich Cadenzas appeared from Shoestring in 2017. His poem ‘Lost’ won the 2008 Keats/Shelley Memorial Association Poetry Competition. He is poet-in-residence at David’s Bookshop, Letchworth Garden City….

April Egan

April is the overall winner of the Agincourt 600 Poetry Competition in the secondary category.

Sarah Barnsley

Sarah Barnsley was joint runner-up in the Poetry School/Pighog Pamphlet Competition (2014). Her pamphlet, The Fire Station, appeared from Telltale Press in 2015. She has also published a selection of…

K.V. Skene

K.V. Skene is a Canadian poet whose work has been widely published. A winner of the erbacce prize for poetry 2018, her collection Unoriginal Sins was published recently by erbacce-press….

Rhiannon Williams

Rhiannon is a winner in our Christina Broom and the Suffragettes writing challenge and in the BBC Proms Poetry Competition 2015….

Emily Hana

…the W. S. Graham challenge on Young Poets Network as part of Graham’s centenary celebrations and a winner in the Winter Poems challenge. She is a winner in the BBC Proms Poetry Competition 2017. …

Colette Spaul

Colette is a commended poet in the secondary category of the Agincourt 600 Poetry Competition. Colette is also a winner of the Christina Broom & the Suffragettes writing challenge.  …

Nairn Kennedy

Nairn Kennedy lives in Yorkshire, has been published in Ambit, and has twice been shortlisted in the Ilkley Literature Festival Poetry Competition….

Miranda Peake

won the Mslexia Poetry Competition. She works at the Royal Academy of Dance where she is Programme Manager for Step into Dance, a community dance programme for schools in London….

Sharon Black

…2015. She was a winner in the Poetry News Members’ Poems Competition on the theme of ‘Gold’. Sharon is from Scotland but now lives in the south of France. www.sharonblack.co.uk…

Paul Talbot

Paul went hell-for-leather writing poems in his teens, and won a regional youth poetry competition, but then stopped. He has just started to write again in earnest during the last…

Penny Ouvry

Penny Ouvry lives in Amersham in Buckinghamshire. She completed a Lancaster University poetry MA in 2014 and has since been published in Artemis, Envoi and two FISH competition anthologies….

Aidan Tulloch

Aidan is a runner-up in the Under 19s category of the BBC Proms Poetry Competition 2018.

Mathilde Jansen-Toft

Mathilde is a runner-up in the Under 19s category of the BBC Proms Poetry Competition 2018.

Jacky Tarleton

…provides an exciting opportunity to create her own poems whilst exploring Louis MacNeice’s poetry through the lens of Gaston Bachelard. Jacky won the Huddersfield Literature Festival Poetry Prize in 2010….

Dan O’Brien

Dan O’Brien is an American playwright, poet, and librettist. Scarsdale, O’Brien’s second book of poetry, was published by CB Editions in London in 2014. War Reporter, his debut collection of…

Tess Jolly

anthology The Best New British and Irish Poets 2016. She has been commended or placed in several poetry competitions and in 2015 was the winner of the Hamish Canham Prize….

Olivia Liu

Olivia is a commended poet in the Riddle Me This Poetry Challenge on The Poetry Society’s Young Poets Network….

Dai George

…University’s writing programme. His poetry has appeared in several anthologies, including The Salt Book of Younger Poets and Best British Poetry. His latest collection is The Claims Office (Seren, 2013)….

Doireann Ní Ghríofa

…Prize, and a Seamus Heaney Fellowship. She frequently participates in cross-disciplinary collaborations, fusing poetry with film, dance, music, and visual art. Recent/forthcoming commissions include work for The Poetry Society (Britain),…

Joshua Persico

Joshua is a commended poet in the Riddle Me This Poetry Challenge on The Poetry Society’s Young Poets Network….

Miles Burrows

poems have appeared in The Poetry Review, PN Review, Times Literary Supplement and Ambit, and in the anthologies British Poetry since 1945 (Penguin) and Best British Poems of 2015 (Salt)….

Qian Xi Teng

…Norton’s Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia and Beyond. Qian Xi was a Poetry Society Young Poet of the Year in 2000 & 2001….

Jeremy Hsiao

Jeremy is the first-prize-winner in the Young Poets Network 2017 August challenge #4 on concrete poetry and commended in the 2018 August challenge #4 on using the vernacular in poetry….

Caleb Klaces

Caleb Klaces’ pamphlet All Safe All Well was published in 2011 by Flarestack. He was shortlisted for the 2011 Crashaw Prize and won the inaugural Melita Hume Poetry Prize in…

Safia Elhillo

…the New School. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee, receiving a special mention for the 2016 Pushcart Prize, and was a co-winner of the 2015 Brunel International African Poetry Prize….

Dannie Abse

Dannie Abse (1923-2014) was a poet, playwright and novelist whose literary career spanned half a century, the first of his fourteen collections of poetry, After Every Green Thing, being published in…

David Wheatley

…Vincent Buckley Prize in 2008 and features in The Penguin Book of Irish Poetry. He teaches at the University of Aberdeen, having previously taught in Hull University. He has also edited the Poems of James…