Richard Goodson

…was subsequently published in the Penguin Poetry of Sex, edited by Sophie Hannah. He co-edited Heroes: From Mum to Mandela (Five Leaves, November 2012), an anthology of young people’s poems…

James Wijesinghe

…James is a winner in the Winter Poems challenge on Young Poets Network….

Josiah Mortimer

…Josiah is a winner in the Winter Poems challenge on Young Poets Network….

Benedict Mulcare

Benedict is a winner in the 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….

Helen Zhou

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

Emma Warren

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

Cecilia Hornyak

…Cecilia is commended in the Wish List challenge on Young Poets Network….

Jake Street

…Jake is commended in the Wish List challenge on Young Poets Network….

Daniel Blokh

…Daniel is a winner in the Short Poems challenge and a commended poet in the Timothy Corsellis Prize 2016 on Young Poets Network…

Emma Kemp

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

Hero Bain

…Hero is highly commended in the I Am the Universe challenge on Young Poets Network….

Trainee Priest at Rochuskapelle

…like me, young when he gave himself to God. While the priests are diluting wine I would have him tug off his sack, step down, walk… I will lie him…

They creep around…

…nights, it’s always the same, For these demons that come have only one aim, They seek out the young and the pure of heart, Then they tear at their soul…

Hating Men

…front of his smock was stained with what must have been butcher’s blood, though my daughter openly speculated. Passing by us the young man bared his teeth at my daughter…

Gen

…they’ve #’d or abbreviated, each god they’ve never worshipped, every song they’ve downloaded, shook their arses to or sung, I say bow down, bow down, the young, the young….

Snow White: The anti-fairytale

…Queen decided to visit Snow White, She offered the young lady a poisoned apple, But she was hesitant to take a bite. Snow White politely accepted the gift, On the…

Playing in the Snow

…Ice man. Ice man. I sought you on snowy days when I was a young boy. While my family played with sleds or warmed themselves indoors, My purpose was…

Noah’s Notes (Preliminary)

…or a grub. When the starling speaks in French, you must listen. The hare may not always be a Christian. The moth found on a young boy’s kimono sleeve brings…

Neighbourhood

…The young man has finished his lunch and is picking his teeth behind his hand. The bird scratches in the cage, showering him with canary seed and bird droppings….

On and Off the Wall

…noticed a votive basket placed on the cared-for grave of a young girl — a few of her toys tucked inside — a cloth doll swaddled in lace, eyes stitched…

The Tailor’s Three Sons

…it is hard to imagine enough room for even one young boy to sit down. I think of the sons because when night came at last, and the whirr of…

Nine nights

…the yard. Till he mother fell down under the weight of her dead son. So young she muttered so young. Song Grief song is a different story. A clap of…

Mountain Bikers in the Trenches

…Heads down boys! Here they come again the bold army of young men in bright helmets coursing down our nettled lane to jump the training trenches we dug a…

The Tale of a Chivalrous and Gallant Knight

…made, Now their champion hath betrayed, And came to young Cameron’s aid. It seemed that Blair’s power would fade.   Thus when the time came for election, Blair to his…

Colmcille on Exile

…to the exquisite Plain of Eolarg, back to Benevanagh, to go back across the Foyle and listen to the swans singing at full tilt as my boat, the Dew-Red, puts…

Ann Drysdale

…Ann Drysdale received second prize in the 2001 National Poetry Competition with her poem ‘New Fruit’. Her collections include Backwork (Peterloo Poets, 2002) and Quaintness and Other Offences (Cinnamon,…

Olivia McCannon

…Olivia McCannon’s poetry collection Exactly My Own Length (Carcanet/Oxford Poets, 2011) was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize and won the 2012 Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. She read French/German at…

Mary King

…Poetry Business and came second in Manchester Cathedral’s Poetry Competition judged by Jo Bell. She works with a poetry group, Keele Poets at Silverdale, lead by Caroline Hawkridge.  …

Zaffar Kunial

…Zaffar Kunial published a pamphlet in the Faber New Poets series in 2014 and was Poet-in-Residence at the Wordsworth Trust the same year. In 2011 he won third prize…

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…

Inua Ellams

…(Salt) 2015, The Salt Book of Younger Poets 2012, Chorus (MTV Books), City State (Penned in the Margins) TEN: The New Wave (Bloodaxe), and in magazines such as The Poetry…

What We Can Least Afford to Lose

…families, of pubs, of ales with names As numerous as bargemen or as poets. Listen: the water gurgles obscenely, it gargles serenely. The vista of Tegg’s Nose unfolds as the…

Carrie Etter

…Difference: Other Poetries by UK Women Poets (Shearsman, 2010). She also publishes short stories, reviews and the occasional essay. Imagined Sons was shortlisted for the 2014 Ted Hughes Award….

Maggie Butt

…to Bucharest where she was one of six British poets advising MA students on translating Romanian poetry into English. Maggie is a keen member of the Palmers Green Stanza in…

Sue Johns

…has performed at festivals and cabarets around the country as a solo performer and with Dodo Modern Poets, and also writes and performs theatrical monologues. Her poems have been published…

Steve Ely

…one of four poets who contributed to The Pity, a series of new poems commissioned by the Poetry Society in response to the centenary of the First World War. The…

Melanie Drane

…poetry contest she had ever entered. She then began sending poems out for publications and competitions, achieving great success. She now joins a long list of outstanding poets who have…

John Freeman

…A Suite for Summer (Worple). Stride also published a book of essays, The Less Received: Neglected Modern Poets. Recent magazine publications include Iota, Poetry Wales, Scintilla and The Lampeter Review….

Jan Wagner

…and has also translated the work of several British and American poets. He has received many awards for his poetry, including the Ernst Meister Prize (2005), the Wilhelm Lehmann Prize…

David Hart

…David Hart has won several major prizes, including the National Poetry Competition 1994 and the Common Ground/Blue Nose Poets Field Days competition. His poems were published in 1999 as…

Julian May

…3’s The Verb, and winner of a Sony Award for A Requiem for St Kilda. He has commissioned and collaborated creatively with many poets and artists to produce documentaries, arts…

Moniza Alvi

…The Poetry Society’s ‘New Generation Poets’ in 1994. Her later collections, published by Bloodaxe Books, include Europa (2008) and At the Time of Partition (2013). Both were shortlisted for the…

Lorna Shaughnessy

…Torching the Brown River and Witness Trees (Salmon Poetry) as well as two translations of contemporary Mexican poets: Mother Tongue: Selected Poems by Pura López Colomé and If We Have…

Topical Tip

poets.)   Andrew as gardener though – I doubt it. He who knows his onions knows what Patience means : veg can’t be hurried – nor can Love         (Ah! The…

Helen Jagger

…Helen Jagger’s poems have been published in the UK, US and Australia.  She runs The Poetry Society’s North Cornwall Stanza, many poetry workshops and has facilitated the Indian King Poets. She was…

Eleanor Hooker

…In 2016 she was included as one of Poetry Ireland Review’s ‘Rising Generation’ of Irish poets.  She lives in North Tipperary, Ireland, with her husband Peter and two sons….

Kristiina Ehin

…Kristiina Ehin is one of Estonia’s leading poets and is known throughout Europe for her poetry and short stories. She has an MA in Comparative and Estonian Folklore from…

Roger McGough

…Adrian Henri and Brian Patten as the ‘Liverpool Poets’, has sold over a million copies and has never been out of print. His numerous books for children include The Imaginary…

Linda France

…Her. She has worked on numerous collaborations with visual artists and musicians, as well as public art projects. Linda also edited the ground-breaking anthology Sixty Women Poets (Bloodaxe 1993)….

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Debbie Lim

…Debbie Lim, commended in the National Poetry Competition 2013, is from Sydney. Her poems have appeared in publications including Cordite Poetry Review, Contemporary Asian Australian Poets (Puncher & Wattman,…

Elaine Gaston

…Elaine Gaston, commended in the National Poetry Competition 2013, is from Ireland’s north coast. She has been published by Blackstaff Press and Peterloo Poets, and in many poetry journals including…

James Sutherland-Smith

…Viera are the principal translators of Slovak poetry into English, with a number of collections of individual poets and three major anthologies published in Britain, America, Canada and Slovakia….

Peter Daniels

…Ballad of Captain Rigby (Personal Pronoun, 2013). He has won several prizes: first prize in the 2010 TLS Poetry Competition, the 2010 Ver Poets Competition, the 2008 Arvon competition, the…

Chris McCabe

…a CD with the Poetry Archive. His plays Shad Thames, Broken Wharf and Mudflats have been performed in London and Liverpool. His prose book about the dead poets of West…

Triolet, triolet

…the queue But we are experiencing a high volume of calls. (And a slim volume of verse.) All our poets are writing sonnets. If you know the number of the…

Kathleen Jamie

…Jamie was born in 1962 in Scotland. In 1994, she was named as one of the ‘new generation poets’. She became Professor of Creative Writing at the University of…

Yet More Foreign Cities

…“Nobody wants any more poems about foreign cities…” – quoted by Charles Tomlinson as epigraph to More Foreign Cities … and then there was Kilpisjärvi, mentioned by few poets,…

Mary Ruefle

…in the anthologies  Best American Poetry, Great American Prose Poems (2003), American Alphabets: 25 Contemporary Poets (2006), and The Next American Essay (2002). The daughter of a military officer, Ruefle…

Dannie Abse

…in 1948, his latest collected appearing in 2003. In between Abse established himself as one of Britain’s leading and most popular poets. Brought up in Cardiff, Abse draws on both…

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…

Julie-ann Rowell

…Inc, Ware Poets and Mslexia Poetry Competitions (twice), as well as being published in many magazines and journals. She has poems in several anthologies, including Furies (For Books’ Sake), edited…

Carol Ann Duffy

…her poem ‘Whoever She Was’. Her poetry is studied and set for examinations in schools throughout the UK and she has also published and edited collections for younger children….

Malika Booker

…the touring poets with Bittersweet in 1999/2000 and since has featured in the spoken word project, Modern Love, and in Kin at the Barbican in 2004. Her book, Breadfruit, was…

Evelyn King

…Evelyn is a highly commended poet in the Young Poets Network 2017 August challenge #4 on concrete poetry….

Jang Su-Jin

…Jang Su-jin was included in Moonji’s 12th Literature and Intelligence Selected Poets series. Her book of poems is scheduled for release from Moonji in 2017….

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…

Saga Ringmar

…Saga Ringmar is a winner of Young Poets Network poetry challenges including ‘Different Voices’ and ‘Translation’….

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)….

Isabel Bermudez

…in Bogota, Colombia 1998-2001. She is currently a peripatetic tutor of French, Spanish and English. Her publications are Extranjeros (Flarestack Poets, 2015), Small Disturbances (Rockingham 2016) and Sanctuary (Rockingham 2018)….

Carolyn Oxley

…Carolyn Elizabeth Oxley lives in Longmont, Colorado in view of the Rocky Mountain foothills. She is a freelance writer for the Boulder Weekly and meets regularly with local poets

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…

David Constantine

…Elder (Bloodaxe, 2014). His co-translations include editions of Henri Michaux and Philippe Jaccottet in the Bloodaxe Contemporary French Poets series. He has also translated Goethe’s Faust for Penguin Classics….

Denise Saul

…black and Asian poets in the UK, organised by Spread the Word. Denise won the 2011 Geoffrey Dearmer Prize for her poem ‘Leaving Abyssinia’. Her pamphlets, White Narcissi (Flipped Eye) and House…

Jeff Skinner

…Crowsfeet, Clear Poetry, Ground Poetry,  The Open Mouse –  and on a Guernsey bus. He was shortlisted in the 2015 Wells Poetry Competition. He reads with Exeter Poets Uncut….

Eric Berlin

…Eric Berlin is a freelance editor living near Syracuse, New York, where he teaches “Ear Training for Poets” and “The Poetics of Prayer” at the Downtown Writers’ Center. He…

Eva Salzman

…Selected Poems (Bloodaxe, 2004). Most recently she co-edited, with Amy Wack, the anthology Women’s Work: Modern Women Poets Writing in English. She participated in the Poetry Society’s Poetry Places, a…

Hannah Lowe

…2014). Her family memoir Long Time, No See (Periscope, 2015) featured as Radio 4’s Book of the Week. In 2014, she was named as one of 20 Next Generation poets….

Alfred Corn

…prizes from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, the Academy of American Poets, and the Levinson Prize from Poetry…

Early Mandelstam

…ate up all its poets as if they were merely sounds or moths or starlight. All the buildings here stand as still as ghosts that are frightened of themselves. I…

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…

Janet Lancaster

…Lauder, and has an MA in Creative  Writing (Poetry) from Manchester Metropolitan University. Janet is never happier than in the company of fellow poets, sharing poems, suggestions and encouragement….

Edward Doegar

…is currently working towards his first collection. He was recently selected for The Complete Works II, a two-year mentoring and development programme for ten advanced black and Asian poets in…

Emily Berry

…Prize for Best First Collection and the Hawthornden Prize. She was named among the Next Generation Poets 2014. She is currently working towards a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing…

Benjamin Zephaniah

…calls ‘street politics’. His first real public performance was in church when he was 10 years old, and since then he has become one of Britain’s best known poets….

John Lyons

…Peterloo Poets Afro-Caribbean and Asian prize; a commendation in the National Poetry Competition, and in the Peterloo Poetry Competition. His latest collections are Cook-Up in a Trini Kitchen (Peepal Tree,…

Anna Crowe

…She was the runner-up in the National Poetry Competition 1985 and her most recent work is Peatlands, translations of poems by Mexican poet Pedro Serrano (Arc Visible Poets, 2014)….