Hélène Dorion

…Governor General’s Award for Poetry, and numerous other Canadian and international prizes the most recent of which was the Prix Senghor in 2011. Her collection Seizing:Places (Arc), translated by Patrick McGuinness, was…

James Lasdun

…James Lasdun writes novels, short stories and poetry. His work has been adapted for film by Bernardo Bertolucci in Besieged and for the Sundance award-winning Sunday. He has been…

James Sutherland-Smith

…James Sutherland-Smith was born in Aberdeen in 1948 and was educated at Leeds University. His poetry collections include A Singer from Sabiya (1979), Naming of the Arrow (1980), At…

Martin Figura

…deals with the murder in 1966 of his mother, June, by his father Frank. It was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry 2010. His poem…

John Gallas

…John Gallas was born in 1950 in Wellington, New Zealand. He has published ten collections of poetry with Carcanet Press and edited the anthology of world poetry The Song…

Greta Stoddart

…Best Individual Poem in 2012. Her third book, Alive Alive O (Bloodaxe, 2015), was shortlisted for the Roehampton Poetry Prize 2016. Her radio poem Who’s There? was broadcast on BBC Radio…

Peter Reading

…parts of Shropshire, in recent years in Ludlow. He is the only British poet to have won the Lannan Award for Poetry twice, in 1990 and 2004. Other honours included…

Hollie McNish

…Hollie McNish is a poet and spoken word artist and was UK Slam poetry champion in 2009. She has released two spoken word albums and a poetry collection. Films…

Benjamin Zephaniah

…Dr Benjamin Obadiah Iqbal Zephaniah was born and raised in Birmingham, England. His poetry is strongly influenced by the music and poetry of Jamaica and what he calls ‘street…

Melissa Lee-Houghton

…(2013), which was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. In 2014 Melissa was recognised as a Next Generation Poet. Her third book Sunshine (Penned in the Margins, 2016) was shortlisted for…

Philip Gross

…Philip Gross is a writer of many parts, author of poetry, fiction and drama for children and adults, and Professor of Creative Writing at Glamorgan University. He won the…

Bernadette Lynch

poetry draws on her experience of being half-English and half-Irish with all the richness and confusion that brings. She has twice won the international section of the Hanna Greally Awards…

Janet Lancaster

…Janet Lancaster joined The Poetry Society on the recommendation of Roger McGough way back in the 90s, when on an Arvon course at Totleigh Barton. She originates from south…

Olivia Liu

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

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…

Adam Thorpe

…of stories and six books of poetry, a stage play performed almost entirely in Berkshire dialect, and numerous radio plays and broadcasts. In 2007 he was shortlisted for the Forward…

Martha Sprackland

…A winner of Foyle Young Poets of the Year 1999 and 2005. Her work has appeared in various poetry magazines and she is Assistant Poetry Editor at Faber &…

David Constantine

…David Constantine is not new to winning awards for his translation skills. In 1996 he was the winner of the European Poetry Prize for Poems of Hölderlin. His other…

Bernard O’Donoghue

…English at Wadham College. Bernard O’Donoghue received a Cholmondeley Award in 2009. His collections include The Absent Signifier (1990), Gunpowder (1995) – which won the Whitebread Prize for Poetry –…

Craig Raine

…and the Sunday Times Writer of the Year Award in 1998. He is founder and editor of the literary magazine Areté. He was featured in the The Poetry Review in…

A.F. Harrold

…A.F. Harrold is an English poet who writes for both kids and adults. His books for children include the poetry collection Things You Find In A Poet’s Beard (illustrated…

Emily Berry

…Emily Berry grew up in London and studied English Literature at Leeds University and Creative Writing at Goldsmiths College. Her debut poetry collection Dear Boy (Faber) won the Forward…

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….

Salena Godden

…Salena Godden is one of the UK’s foremost poets, regularly anthologised and headlining festivals nationally and internationally. A BBC regular, Salena Godden has written and presented several arts and music…

Tess Jolly

…the 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…

Fred D’Aguiar

…(Carcanet, 2009) was a Poetry Book Society Choice and shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize.  His latest poetry collection is The Rose of Toulouse (Carcanet, 2013). He teaches at…

Dai George

…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)….

Edward Doegar

…Edward Doegar was born in Surrey in 1982 and studied English at Nottingham University. His poems have appeared in The Poetry Review, Ambit, Smith Knolls and The North. He…

Honey Birch

…Honey is the winner of the Cold Fire Award 2017, as part of the SLAMbassadors National Championships. The Cold Fire Award was set up in 2016 in memory of Thomas…

Kankrebihar

…Up from the plains where piles of morning rubbish slide into the street, daily detritus of commerce, and labourers wait, desperate for work. Up, up past the national park,…

Chris Preddie OBE

…Chris stormed to first place in the Rise Slam championship (now SLAMbassadors UK) in 2006 and quickly became an established part of the national team, touring with SLAMbassadors UK…

Sadia Ahmed

Sadia Ahmed was a winner of the SLAMbassadors UK national youth slam in 2014, judged by Kate Tempest.

Elaine Feeney

…Press in 2007. Feeney’s work has been translated into over a dozen languages and is widely published. In 2016, Liz Roche Company commissioned Feeney to write for a national production…

Issy Prior-Stevens

Issy Prior-Stevens was a winner of the SLAMbassadors UK national youth slam in 2015, judged by Anthony Anaxagorou.

NAGA MC

…came back and won the SLAMbassadors national championship again in 2009. Since then he has gone on to work on a wide range of spoken word and musical projects, including touring…

Abi Cook

Abi Cook was a winner of the SLAMbassadors UK national youth slam in 2015, judged by Anthony Anaxagorou.

Pass, Passport, Passaporto, etc.

…things into my luggage. I have no previous convictions there is nothing to go on, but perhaps that is a mystery? The body is not national, it passes easily into…

Jemima Higgins

Jemima Higgins was a winner of the SLAMbassadors UK national youth slam in 2014, judged by Kate Tempest.

The Rûm District

…the hotel set’s picture seems made of tesserae rather than pixels, and its only channel National Geographic commending whatever is begotten, born and torn to pieces. I plunder the mini-bar,…

Liz Lochhead

Liz Lochhead is a Scottish poet, playwright, translator and broadcaster. She was the Makar (the National Poet of Scotland) between 2011 and 2016.

Damilare Haastrup

Damilare Haastrup was a winner of the SLAMbassadors UK national youth slam in 2015, judged by Anthony Anaxagorou.

Tommy Sissons

…Tommy Sissons was a winner of the SLAMbassadors UK national youth slam in 2014, judged by Kate Tempest. He has toured nationwide, produced his own one-man show, released an…

Georgie Smith

Georgie Smith was a winner of the SLAMbassadors UK national youth slam in 2015, judged by Anthony Anaxagorou.

Mrs Beltinska in the Bath

…Waldstein Palace floods   and the National Theatre floods and the Kampa Modern Art Museum floods, Mrs Beltinska sinks her treasures in the suds.   The first Czech bible (1488)…

Minutaie

…The National Geographic cover of the woman with green eyes, or the storybook wallpaper in the first floor bathroom, the waxy crayons in the boiler room and the rusted…

Jay Hulme

Jay Hulme was a winner of the SLAMbassadors UK national youth slam in 2015, judged by Anthony Anaxagorou.

Joelle Taylor

…Joelle Taylor is a spoken word artist, slam poet and playwright. She has performed across the UK and internationally. In 2001, Joelle founded SLAMbassadors UK, the national youth slam…

Abdullah Alselami

Abdullah Alselami was a winner of the SLAMbassadors UK national youth slam in 2014, judged by Kate Tempest.

Saoirse Lennon

Saoirse Lennon was a winner of the SLAMbassadors UK national youth slam in 2014, judged by Kate Tempest.

Ruth Awolola

Ruth Awolola was a winner of the SLAMbassadors UK national youth slam in 2015, judged by Anthony Anaxagorou.

Ibukun Badmus

Ibukun Badmus was a winner of the SLAMbassadors UK national youth slam in 2014, judged by Kate Tempest.

Damayanti Chatterjee

…Damayanti Chatterjee was a commended poet in the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2015, and a winner of the SLAMbassadors national youth slam in 2015, judged by…

Katie Walters

Katie Walters was a winner of the SLAMbassadors UK national youth slam in 2014, judged by Kate Tempest.

Ishion Hutchinson

…and Commons (Faber), was awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award 2016. Other honours include the Rome Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers Award and the Larry Levis Prize…

Nairn Kennedy

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

Sharon Black

…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…

The pirate inside

competition for the best-kept garden in Little Ditton, he’s going to swap the name on the gates of Honeysuckle Cottage and The Willows to Clamydia, Gonorrhoea – then drive a…

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….

David Van-Cauter

…been 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…

Caroline Smith

…literary 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…

Howard Laughton

…Creative Writing at the University of Kent. In 2014 he was published in Butcher’s Dog, and, way back when, he won the best £100 ever for another competition poem….

Miranda Peake

…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….

Theo Lewis

…Theo Lewis is a 2014 winner of the Cape Farewell/Young Poets Network competition to produce poems in response to climate change. He is a third-prize-winner of the Young Poets Network 2017…

Katie Kirkpatrick

…and Jen Hadfield. She is also a second-prize winner in the Ted Hughes Young Poets Award 2016 and a Specially Commended poet in the Young Fenland Poet Laureate competition 2016….

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.  …

Emily Hana

…Emily is a winner in the BBC Proms Poetry Competition 2017. She is also a winner in the Winter Poems challenge on Young Poets Network….

Rhiannon Williams

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

Jamie Seymour

…Jamie is a runner-up of the mini competition Become a Literary Translator, run in collaboration with the British Council….

Games Mistress

…shoot ’em ups like Unreal Tournament and Quake – she’ll go to any lengths for competition’s sake. Kids watch her playing demos hour after hour, marvelling at her knowledge, speed…

Nirankar Phull

…Nirankar is a runner-up in the mini competition Become a Literary Translator, run in collaboration with the British Council….

Then in the twentieth century

…Sir Basil Spence won the competition to build the new Coventry Cathedral, I was born by the sea then lived in cities, Matisse in his old age made cut-outs. One…

Jennie Carr

…Jennie Carr’s poems have been published in various magazines. Her poem ‘Paragon Station 1960’ won the 2016 Brittle Star poetry competition, judged by George Szirtes. She lives in rural…

Emily Garratt

Emily was awarded second place in the Greys Court Palimpsest Poetry Challenge

Fergus Blair

…A winner of Foyle Young Poets of the year 2010, Fergus Blair is also a winner of the Young Poets Network ‘Poem on a postcard’ poetry challenge….

Helen Farish

…department of English and Creative Writing. Her debut collection Intimates (Cape, 2005), a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and won the Forward Prize for…

Marina McCready

…of the Year Award 2016 and 2015. She is highly commended in the Timothy Corsellis Prize 2017 on Young Poets Network; she is also the winner of the Greys Court Palimpsest Poetry Challenge. …

Jack Little

…Jack Little is a participant in the Young Poets Network and a winner of the ‘Why should anyone care?’ poetry challenge….

Emma Warren

…Emma Warren is a winner of the Young Poets Network ‘Univocal’ and ‘Like Starlings’ poetry challenges….

Lament for Chaucer

…In poetry, Who followed Virgil’s steps? We know too well. The burden of the world that killed my master – I wish that I were killed! – Death, was too…

Emma Kemp

…Emma Kemp is a winner of the Young Poets Network ‘Why should anyone care?’ poetry challenge….

Fashokun Adeoti

Fashokun is a commended poet in the Greys Court Palimpsest Poetry Challenge

Eleanor Flowerday

Eleanor was awarded third place in the Greys Court Palimpsest Poetry Challenge

Edward Thomas

…Edward Thomas (1878-1917) was known chiefly as a prose writer and only wrote poetry during the last few years of his life, encouraged by his close friend, the American…

Emma Yeo

…Emma Yeo is a winner of the Young Poets Network ‘Poem on a postcard’ poetry challenge…

My War

…of literary poetry and – thank God – the bell rings. My war is trapped in front covers and fly wings. My war is on tour buses, in fields all…

Charlotte Chalkley

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

Helen Bowell

…Helen Bowell is a winner of the Young Poets Network ‘Univocal’ and ‘No Man’s Land’ poetry challenges….

Benedict Mulcare

Benedict is a winner in the Behind the Curtain poetry challenge on Young Poets Network, in partnership with the V&A Museum. 

Freya Wilson

…Freya Wilson is a winner of the Young Poets Network ‘Dramatic monologue’ and ‘Song writing’ poetry challenges….

Lorna Frankel

…prize winner in the 2016 August Challenge #4, and is a winner in the 2016 Behind the Curtain poetry challenge on Young Poets Network, in partnership with the V&A Museum. …

Cities

…Once in Leicester Square a bird wing touched my face. It was just a London pigeon whose spatial awareness had gone out of kilter but there was poetry in…