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…

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…

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….

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…

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…

Gail McConnell

Gail McConnell is from Belfast and her debut poetry pamphlet is Fourteen (Green Bottle Press, 2018). Her poems have appeared in Blackbox Manifold, PN Review and elsewhere. Gail was co-winner…

Cia Mangat

…written and judged by poet Rishi Dastidar, on Young Poets Network; is commended in the Riddle Me This poetry challenge; and is a runner-up in the BBC Proms Poetry Competition 2017. …

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…

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….

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…

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)….

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….

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….

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….

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….

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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….

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…

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…

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…

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….

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)….

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….

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

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….

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….

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…

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…

Peter Thabit Jones

…to Poetry, the Shabdaguchha Poetry Award 2017 and the 2017 Homer: European Medal for Art and Poetry. He is the author of libretti and plays, and also writes for children….

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

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…

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….

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…

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…

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…

Tishani Doshi

…US, and worked in London before returning to India to work with the choreographer Chandralekha, with whom she performed on many international stages. She received an Eric Gregory Award for…

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…

Amy Wolstenholme

challenge, judged by Nii Parkes. She is also the third prize winner in the Who is Giselle? poetry challenge , and a winner in the Ways to be Wilder Poetry Challenge, in…

Clare Best

…and in the USA and Canada. Other poetry publications include Treasure Ground, Breastless and CELL. Springlines, a collaboration with the painter Mary Anne Aytoun-Ellis, exploring hidden and mysterious bodies 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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

Lydia Wei

Lydia is the first-prize winner in the tree poetry challenge on Young Poets Network, as well as the first-prize winner in the Thinking Outside the Penalty Box challenge and the…

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….

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…

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….

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…

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…

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…

Jane Lovell

…Alpine Fellowship Writing Prize and the Wisehouse International Poetry Prize. One Tree has been recently published by Night River Wood. Metastatic is published by Against the Grain Poetry Press, and Forbidden is a limited edition portfolio from Coast to Coast to…

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)….

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…

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

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…

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…

Joanna Guthrie

…second collection Water Person Kit. Her poems have been published in The Poetry Review, Butcher’s Dog, Magma, Poetry Ireland, Poetry Ireland Review and Rialto. Her prose has appeared The Guardian….

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….

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…

Nadia Lines

Nadia is the first-prize winner in the 11-15 age category in the Turn Up the Volume challenge on Young Poets Network, and the first-prize winner in the 2019 poetry translation challenge…

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….

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….

Mark Fiddes

Mark Fiddes’s first collection The Rainbow Factory was published by Templar Poetry in 2016 following the success of his award-winning pamphlet The Chelsea Flower Show Massacre (Templar Poetry, 2015). More…

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…


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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….

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….

Ollie O’Neill

Ollie O’Neill is a young poet based in London. In 2013 she won SLAMbassadors, the UK’s national youth slam championship, and she has since gone on to read at venues…

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,…

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,…

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;…

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…

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.

Rachel Burns

Rachel was a runner-up in the 19+ category in the BBC Proms Poetry Competition 2019.

Jason Khan

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

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….

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.

Ian Harker

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

Nairn Kennedy

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

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…

Sam Williams

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

Michael Swan

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

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…

Katherine Spencer-Davies

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

Roahn Mohindru

Roahn 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.