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…

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…

Matt Harvey

…and the Work section of the Guardian. He is host of Wondermentalist – Radio 4’s comedy-infused, musically enhanced interactive poetry cabaret – and author of The Hole in the Sum…

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…

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…

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 –…

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…

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….

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)….

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…

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 &…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Damilare Haastrup

Damilare Haastrup 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)…

Ruth Awolola

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

Georgie Smith

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

Abi Cook

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

Saoirse Lennon

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

Jay Hulme

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

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…

Issy Prior-Stevens

Issy Prior-Stevens 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…

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.

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…

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…

Katie Walters

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

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,…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

Ibukun Badmus

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

Jemima Higgins

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

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.

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.

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…

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…

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…

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….

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…

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….

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….

Nirankar Phull

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

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…

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…

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…

Nairn Kennedy

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

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…

Akhmatova in the Borscht

…heated up. “It’s a shame. I only found out afterwards how beautiful her poetry was. She had this one, ‘Requiem’, that the government hated most.” A hissing rose from the…

Esme Layton

…Esme Layton is a winner of the Young Poets Network ‘Freud and the unconscious’ poetry challenge….

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.

Jack Little

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

Hilary Jupp

…of embroidery help the process of her writing. Her poems have appeared in Equinox, Smiths Knoll, The Rialto, andPoetry News (the latter of which went on to appear in the…

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…

Pia Tafdrup

…Pia Tafdrup is a Danish poet, writer and a member of The Danish Academy and The European Academy of Poetry. Her honours include: The Nordic Council’s Literature Prize, 1999; The Soeren…

Emma Kemp

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

Judy Brown

…in the early nineties following a move to Hong Kong) and ‘Loudness’, which won the Poetry Society’s Hamish Canham Prize in 2005, was the first of Judy’s new poems to…

Emma Yeo

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

Emma Warren

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

Freya Wilson

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

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…

Imtiaz Dharker

…Her most recent collection, Over the Moon (2014), was shortlisted for the 2014 Ted Hughes Award and in the same year she received the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry….

Joe Fraser

…Joe Fraser is a winner of the Young Poets Network ‘Poem on a postcard’ poetry challenge….

Emily Garratt

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

Helen Zhou

…Helen Zhou is a winner of a number of Young Poets Network poetry challenges, including ‘Like Starlings’ and ‘Why should anyone care?’….

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. …

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…

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. …

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…

Helen Bowell

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

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…

Benedict Mulcare

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

Fashokun Adeoti

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