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.

Renée Orleans-Lindsay

Renée was a runner-up in the 12-18 category in the BBC Proms Poetry Competition 2019.

Margaret Black

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

Aidan Tulloch

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

George Evans

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

Joyce Chen

Joyce Chen is one of two runners-up in the 12-18 category of the BBC Proms Poetry Competition 2019.

April Egan

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

John Scrivens

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

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….

Theo Lewis

Theo is commended in the tree poetry challenge on Young Poets Network, and a third-prize-winner of the Young Poets Network 2017 August challenge #1, themed around edgelands. He is also a 2014…

Vasiliki Albedo

…in developing countries . In 2017 she placed second in the Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre competition (EAL), and won joint third place in the Brian Dempsey Memorial prize. She’s been…

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…

Rhiannon Williams

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

Mathilde Jansen-Toft

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

Emily Hana

…the W. S. Graham challenge as part of Graham’s centenary celebrations; she is also 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.  …

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…

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…

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….

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…

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 the…

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….

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)….

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…

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….

Fiona Sampson

…She 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)….

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….

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….

Joshua Persico

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

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….

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…

Lavinia Greenlaw

Lavinia Greenlaw is the winner of the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry 2011 for her sound piece ‘Audio Obscura’. Her poetry collections include Minsk and The Casual…

Craig Raine

…Areté. He was featured in the The Poetry Review in 2008 with a short-new poem entitled, ‘Davos Documentary B&W.’ His latest poetry collection is How Snow Falls, published in 2010….

Jei Degenhardt

Jei is the third-prize winner in the tree poetry challenge on Young Poets Network and is commended in the Who is Giselle? poetry challenge….

Bernadette Lynch

Bernadette has been writing poetry for the last 6 years and finds her work greatly enhanced by belonging to groups of fellow poets, including the recently-formed Brum Stanza. Her poetry

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 programmes…

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 by…

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 Prize…

Fred D’Aguiar

…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 Virginia…

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 is…

Adam Thorpe

…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 Poetry

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 & Faber.

Matt Harvey

…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 of…

Olivia Liu

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

Melissa Lee-Houghton

…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 the…

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),…

Bernard O’Donoghue

…(1995) – which won the Whitebread Prize for Poetry – and Outliving (2003). His most recent poetry collection is Farmers Cross (2011), shortlisted for the 2011 T S Eliot Prize….

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…

Rachel Piercey

Rachel Piercey is a poet, editor and poetry teacher. She studied English Literature at St Hugh’s College, Oxford, where she won the Newdigate Prize in 2008. Her pamphlets, The Flower…

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. Dickman’s…

Vanessa Kisuule

…performed at several festivals including Glastonbury, BrizzleFest and Larmer Tree. She has won Poetry Rivals slam and two Farrago slams and performed at leading poetry night Bang Said the Gun….

Hannah Hodgson

…Behind the Curtain poetry challenge on Young Poets Network, in partnership with the V&A Museum, and the winner of the 2016 YPN/ Oxfam Even It Up Poetry Challenge in the 15-18 age category….

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 after…

Maureen Duffy

…author of 31 published works of fiction, including 6 collections of poetry, non-fiction, and 16 plays for stage, screen and radio. Her latest poetry collection is Environmental Studies (Enitharmon, 2013)….

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 Rialto,…

Ella Standage

…Saxena’s protest poetry challenge, remembering 100 years of the women’s vote in the UK, and in the Riddle Me This challenge. Ella is also a runner-up in the Namedropping challenge; commended…

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 the…

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 Map…

A.K. Blakemore

A.K. Blakemore is the author of two full-length collections: Humbert Summer (Eyewear, 2015) and Fondue (Offord Road Books, 2018). Her work has been appeared in magazines and journals including Poetry

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 due…

Tolu Ogunlesi

NEXT, 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….

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 (1992)…

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 the…

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….

Roy Fisher

Roy Fisher was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award 2012. He has published over thirty poetry books, and has been the subject of numerous critical essays and several studies, including…

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 of…

Malika Booker

Malika Booker is a poet and multi-disciplinary artist of Guyanese and Grenadian Parentage. Her writing collective Malika’s Poetry Kitchen has had a major impact on the British Poetic landscape. Booker…

Alex Greenberg

Breaker’ 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

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 been…

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 Poetry

Aldwin Li

Aldwin is the second-prize winner in the 2019 poetry translation challenge on Young Poets Network with Modern Poetry in Translation, judged by Clare Pollard….

Deryn Rees-Jones

…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 Poetry

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), PN…

Alice Guest

Alice Guest’s 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

Anna Lewis

prizes for her poetry including the G.S. Fraser Prize, the Robin Reeves Prize and the Christopher Tower Prize. Her debut poetry collection, Other Harbours, was published in 2012 by Parthian….

Keith Jarrett

…and Girls. He has written poetry in both English and Spanish. He’s a former London and UK Poetry Slam! Champion and his collection Selah was published by Burning Eye Books….

Jamie McKendrick

…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 of…

Eleanor Penny

the Curtain poetry challenge on Young Poets Network, in partnership with the V&A Museum. She is also the winner of the 2016 ‘Festive Feasts – Eve of St Agnes’ poetry challenge….

Sarah James

has been the Poetry Society’s Worcestershire Stanza rep since shortly after the Stanza started in 2009. She also runs V. Press poetry and flash fiction imprint. Her website is at http://www.sarah-james.co.uk. …

Annie Katchinska

…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 Mimesis…

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 challenges…

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 poetry

Isabella Jiang

Isabella is commended in the 2019 poetry translation challenge on Young Poets Network with Modern Poetry in Translation, judged by Clare Pollard….

Maia Brown

Maia is commended in the 2019 poetry translation challenge on Young Poets Network with Modern Poetry in Translation, judged by Clare Pollard….

Nancy Campbell

Nancy Campbell is the current Canal Laureate. A writer who works across disciplines, from poetry and essays to publishing artist’s books, she grew up in the Scottish Borders and Northumberland and her…

Hélène Dorion

…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 shortlisted…

B.C. Leale

B.C. Leale (1930–2018) worked as a bookseller for many years at Claude Gill Books in London’s Oxford Street, resolutely defending a poetry section that was full of surprises. His own…

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 the…

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 Atlas…

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 politics’….

Beth Bayliss

Beth is commended in the 2019 poetry translation challenge on Young Poets Network with Modern Poetry in Translation, judged by Clare Pollard….

Olivia Todd

Olivia is the third-prize winner in the 2019 poetry translation challenge with Modern Poetry in Translation, judged by Clare Pollard, and in the Mary Wollstonecraft challenge on Young Poets Network, written…

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 of…

Natalie Perman

…Thinking Outside the Penalty Box challenge; commended in Ankita Saxena’s protest poetry challenge, remembering 100 years of the women’s vote in the UK; and is commended in the tree poetry challenge….

Daniel Baksi

Daniel is commended in the 2019 poetry translation challenge on Young Poets Network with Modern Poetry in Translation, judged by Clare Pollard….

Nansŏrhŏn

…the time of Nansŏrhŏn were generally not given a classical education on a par with noblemen; it was socially unacceptable for them to paint, sing, learn music, or write poetry