Jean Sprackland

…Jean Sprackland’s collection, Tilt, won the Costa Poetry Award in 2008. Hard Water (Cape, 2004) and Tattoos for Mothers Day (Spike, 1997) were both shortlisted for major awards. Her…

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…

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…

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…

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….

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…

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…

Sugar J

…Sugar J’s poem ‘Give Invisible’ was commissioned as part of the Thinking Outside the Penalty Box project, in a partnership with The Poetry Society’s Young Poets Network on a challenge…

Hugo Williams

…for the 2006 Costa Poetry Award, West End Final (2009), shortlisted for the Forward Prize and the T.S. Eliot Prize in 2009, and I Knew the Bride (2013), shortlisted for…

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…

Toon Tellegen

…twenty collections of poetry to date, but he is also a novelist and a prolific and popular children’s author. Toon Tellegen lives in Amsterdam with his wife, and worked as…

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….

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…

John Glenday

…John Glenday’s first collection, The Apple Ghost won a Scottish Arts Council Book Award and his second, Undark, was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Grain (Picador, 2009) was also…

Colette Sensier

…Salt’s 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…

Roger Robinson

…Roger Robinson’s poem ‘Balotelli’ was commissioned as part of the Thinking Outside the Penalty Box project, in a partnership with The Poetry Society’s Young Poets Network on a challenge celebrating…

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….

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

…Tamar Yoseloff was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry 2012. She is the author of four full collections, most recently The City with Horns…

Anne Stewart

…p f website as a provider of services to poets and is a part-time administrator for Second Light, a network of women poets, was President of the Shortlands Poetry Circle,…

Amelia Doherty

…challenge #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

Momtaza Mehri

…Works Fellow and winner of the 2017 Outspoken Page Poetry Prize. Her chapbook suga lump prayer was published in 2017. She also edits Diaspora Drama, a digital platform showcasing international immigrant…

Robert Crawford

…1994 and has twice won the Scottish Arts Council Book Award; in 1993 with Identifying Poets, and in 1999 for Spirit Machines. Four of his collections have been Poetry Book…

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…

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….

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…

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…

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…

Oliver Comins

…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….

Ian McMillan

…Coast, 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

Evaporations

…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

…foe, who lives there in the screenplay though Somewhere on the outskirts on the stage; then Bennett quoting Eliot on walls; the History Boys against the National wall on the…

Rupert Brooke

…became 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,…

Mara Adamitz Scrupe

…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….

Charlie Lambert

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

Wendy Klein

…Poem Competition in 2014, a goodish year. Published in magazines and anthologies in the U.S. and Britain, including Jewish Renaissance, The New Laurel Review and The Orange Coast Review, she…

Monica Selzer

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

Isabel White

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

George Evans

George 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.

Angus McCormick

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

Jake Talbot

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

Barirah Ashfak

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

Freya Upton

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

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…

Matilda Houston-Brown

…challenge on Young Poets Network and runner-up in the Namedropping challenge with People Need Nature and Jen Hadfield. She is also a commended poet in the secondary category of the Agincourt 600 Poetry Competition….

Roahn Mohindru

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

John Gohorry

…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….

John Scrivens

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

Jason Khan

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

Margaret Black

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

Katherine Spencer-Davies

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

April Egan

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

Sam Williams

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

Ella Standage

poetry Challenge with People Need Nature and Jen Hadfield on Young Poets Network. Ella is also a second prize winner in the Riddle Me This challenge and highly commended in the I Am…

Isaac Rosenberg

…Isaac Rosenberg (1890-1918) was born in Bristol, and was the son of Russian immigrants who settled in London’s Jewish ghetto. He published two pamphlets of poetry at his own expense…

Maureen Duffy

…The Erotic World of Faery a book-length study of eroticism in faery fantasy literature. Maureen is the author of 31 published works of fiction, including 6 collections of poetry, non-fiction,…

Richard O’Brien

…A winner of Foyle Young Poets of the Year 2006 and 2007. His work has featured in Poetry London, Magma, The Erotic Review, The Salt Book of Younger Poets and The Best…

Matthew Dickman

…Matthew Dickman was born on August 20, 1975 in Portland, Oregon. His first full-length collection, All American Poem, won the 2008 American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize in Poetry….

Richard Osmond

…A winner of Foyle Young Poets of the Year 2005. Richard’s poetry has been published in n+1, Fuselit, The Literateur and The Financial Times, among others, and appears in…

Kei Miller

…Kei Miller was born in Jamaica in 1978. Kei writes across a range of genres: novels, books of short stories, essays and poetry. His 2014 collection, The Cartographer Tries to…

Joshua Persico

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

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…

David Wheatley

…the 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…

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…

D.M. Black

…David Macleod Black was born in South Africa in 1941 and moved to Scotland in 1950. He has published four collections of poetry and a handful of pamphlets in…

Miles Burrows

…Miles Burrows was born in Leicester and studied Classics and Medicine at Oxford. His poems have appeared in The Poetry Review, PN Review, Times Literary Supplement and Ambit, and…

Angela Croft

…Angela Croft worked as a journalist and took to writing poetry in retirement. Highly commended in competitions and widely published in magazines with poems on various websites including the…

Doireann Ní Ghríofa

…Hartnett 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…

Qian Xi Teng

…personal narrative. Qian Xi has had poems published in various books and magazines including W. W. Norton’s Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia and…

Amy Wolstenholme

…Amy is the 1st prize winner in the Timothy Corsellis Prize 2016 on Young Poets Network. She is also the 3rd prize winner in the Who is Giselle? poetry challenge , and a…

Declan Ryan

…Declan Ryan’s poem, ‘From Alun Lewis’ was featured in the Autumn 2012 issue of The Poetry Review. His poems and reviews have also been published in Poetry London, The…

Tara Bergin

…Tara Bergin is from Dublin. Her award winning collection of poems This is Yarrow was published by Carcanet in 2013, and new poems have recently appeared in Granta, Poetry (Chicago),…

Alice Guest

…poem ‘Tapestry’ was commended in the Cape Farewell/Poetry Society’s SWITCH: Youth Poetics Year 2. She is also a winner of the Young Poets Network ‘Cape Farewell Moving’ poetry challenge….

Annie Katchinska

…through a programme of mentorship, bursary and pamphlet publication. Annie’s poetry was featured in Bloodaxe’s Voice Recognition: 21 poets for the 21st century. Annie has had poems in magazines including…

Alex Greenberg

…was commended in the Cape Farewell/Poetry Society’s SWITCH: Youth Poetics Year 2. He is also a winner of the Young Poets Network ‘Cape Farewell Fire and Ice’ poetry challenge….

Sujata Bhatt

…Cholmondeley Award. In 2014 she was the first recipient of the Mexican International Poetry Prize, Premio Internacional de Poesía Nuevo Siglo de Oro 1914-2014. Her work has been widely anthologised, and has…

Jacky Tarleton

…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….

Jake Reynolds

…Jake Reynolds is a former Foyle Young Poet and participant in the Hands across the border poetry project. He is also a winner of the Young Poets Network poetry

Deryn Rees-Jones

…several collections of poetry including The Memory Tray (Seren, 1994), shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, and more recently Burying the Wren (Seren, 2012), which was a…

Eleanor Penny

…Eleanor is a winner in the 2016 Behind the Curtain poetry challenge on Young Poets Network, in partnership with the V&A Museum. She is also the winner of the 2016 ‘Festive…

Jamie McKendrick

…published by Faber in 2016, drawing from his six collections of poetry: from 1991’s debut The Sirocco Room to Out There (2012, and winner of the Hawthornden Prize) by way…

Carol Rumens

…Carol Rumens is a poet, playwright and novelist. Her poetry collections include Hex (Bloodaxe, 2002),Blind Spots (Seren, 2008) and De Chirico’s Threads(Seren, 2010). Her next collection, Animal People, is…

A.K. Blakemore

…A.K. Blakemore’s debut collection, Humbert Summer, was released by Eyewear in 2015. Her work has been appeared in magazines and journals including Poetry London, Ambit and Magma, as well…

Wendy Cope

…Wendy Cope was born in Erith, Kent in 1945 and read History at St Hilda’s College, Oxford. Her poetry collections include Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis (1986), Serious Concerns…

Tolu Ogunlesi

…a daily newspaper. His poem, ‘(at)TEXT’ was featured in the Winter 2012 issue of The Poetry Review. His poetry has also appeared in Wasafiri, London Magazine, Sable and Magma….

Hannah Hodgson

…Poets Network August Challenge #2, as well as a commended poet in August Challenges #1 and #4. She is also a winner in the 2016 Behind the Curtain poetry challenge…

Anna Lewis

…A winner of Foyle Young Poets of the Year 2002, Anna Lewis has gone on to win several prizes for her poetry including the G.S. Fraser Prize, the Robin…

Marianne Boruch

…Marianne Boruch’s poem ‘First’ was featured in the Winter 2011 issue of The Poetry Review. She is the author of seven collections of poetry, including, most recently, The Book…

Zhou Zan

…The Poetry Review, is the author of Goldfish (Chameleon Press, 2013). She is currently completing a PhD on place and identity in contemporary Chinese diaspora poetry at Oxford Brookes University….

Vanessa Kisuule

…favourite of the UK scene, and she has performed at several festivals including Glastonbury, BrizzleFest and Larmer Tree. She has won Poetry Rivals slam and two Farrago slams and performed…

Caroline Bird

…Caroline Bird has five collections of poetry published by Carcanet. Her most recent collection, In These Days of Prohibition, was shortlisted for the 2017 TS Eliot Prize and the…

A.P. Fraser

…industries, and in the voluntary and public sector. He has always written poetry, but have never received formal training. He has been successful in several competitions and poetry publications….

Sudeep Sen

…(editor). Blue Nude: New & Selected Poems | Translations 1979-2014 (Jorge Zalamea International Poetry Prize) is forthcoming. Sen’s newer work appears in New Writing 15 (Granta),Language for a New Century…

Henry Israeli

…In 2013 Henry Israeli was shortlisted for The Poetry Society’s Popescu Prize for European Poetry in Translation for his translation of poems in Haywire: New & Selected Poems by Luljeta Lleshanaku….

Simon Jenner

…Simon Jenner was born in Cuckfield in 1959. Failing everything except art, he learnt to fly instead; discovering poetry forestalled a career in airframes. He has been the director…

Hannah Silva

…Hannah Silva was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry 2013. She is a Birmingham based poet and playwright. She has performed internationally and throughout…

Andy Croft

…Andy Croft’s books of poetry include Nowhere Special, Gaps Between Hills (with Mark Robinson), Headland, Just as Blue, Great North, Comrade Laughter, Ghost Writer and Sticky. He has edited…

Fiona Sampson

…was Editor of The Poetry Review, 2005-2012, and now edits Poem. Her fifth poetry collection was Rough Music published in 2010 and her latest collection is Coleshill (Chatto, 2013)….