Cecilia Hornyak

Cecilia 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…

Jake Street

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

Emma Kemp

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

Natalie Thomas

Natalie is the 3rd prize-winner in the I Am the Universe challenge on Young Poets Network….

Bronwen Brenner

Bronwen is the 3rd prize winner in the 2016 Young Poets Network Timothy Corsellis Prize.

James Tierney

James is the 2nd prize-winner in the I Am the Universe challenge on Young Poets Network….

Sian Mackay

Winner of the Simon Elvin Young Poets of 2000.

Emma Yeo

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

Katherine Liu

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

J E M Naylor

Winner of the Simon Elvin Young Poets of 2000.

Hero Bain

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

Esme Layton

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

Emma Warren

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

The book stall outside King’s Cross station

“A penny for a tale, young master?” The crone called from her stall. “Find out how Dr Jekyll Attended his latest ball.” Her corset was laced crooked, Though her shoes…

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 wild…

They creep around…

…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 and…

Gen

…word 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….

Nine nights

…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 hands…

Katie Hale

of The Poetry Review. She has twice won the Anne Pierson Award, and in 2010 won the Ver Poets Young Writers’ Prize. In 2011/12, she was a Barbican Young Poet….

Warsan Shire

…My Mother How To Give Birth, a poetry pamphlet published by flipped eye. In October 2013, Shire was also selected from a shortlist of six young bards as the first…

Aisling Fahey

…DVD poetry in performance resource sent to every school in UK. She was a member of the Barbican Young Poets and Roundhouse Collective. In 2014 Aisling was appointed Young Poet Laureate…

Hating Men

…we were in a grocery store. It is important to know that earlier in the day a customer had smashed a bottle of rosemary and peppermint shampoo. A young man,…

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. I…

The Tailor’s Three Sons

…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 machines…

The Tale of a Chivalrous and Gallant Knight

…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 men…

Trainee Priest at Rochuskapelle

…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 across…

Snow White: The anti-fairytale

…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 table…

Noah’s Notes (Preliminary)

…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 sorrow….

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 altogether…

On and Off the Wall

…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 in…

Colmcille on Exile

…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 in…

Mary Ruefle

…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 was…

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 Stirling…

Carol Ann Duffy

Carol Ann Duffy is a Scottish poet and playwright who was appointed Britain’s Poet Laureate in 2009. She is one of the UK’s most well-known and successful contemporary poets with…

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, and…

Malika Booker

…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 published…

Peter Daniels

…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 2002…

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….

What We Can Least Afford to Lose

…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 boat…

Julian May

…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 programmes…

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, 2013)…

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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 poetry…

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 in…

Inua Ellams

…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 Review,…

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 Setting…

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 the…

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, 2009)….

Mary King

…The 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.  …

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 Poetry…

Linda France

…are 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)….

Anna Crowe

…Andrews. 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)….

Benjamin Zephaniah

…he 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

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, 2009)…

Emma Danes

…Stanza Poetry Competition, and been published in anthologies and magazines including CAST: The Poetry Business Book of New Contemporary Poets (Smith|Doorstop) and The Best British Poetry 2011 (Salt). Emma lives…

Dannie Abse

…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 his…

Eleanor Hooker

…Cyphers. 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 the…

Lorna Shaughnessy

…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 Lost…

Roger McGough

…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 Menagerie…

Moniza Alvi

…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 T.S….

Topical Tip

“My vegetable love should grow…” and Marvellous to note a mind so elevated touch upon a thing as lowly for Love’s likeness.        (Hull’s a home to peas and poets.)…

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 poet…

Carrie Etter

…Infinite 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….

James Sutherland-Smith

…wife 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….

Emily Berry

…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 at…

Janet Lancaster

…Charles 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

…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 the…

Hannah Lowe

…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. She…

Eva Salzman

…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 two-year…

Alfred Corn

…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 magazine….

Early Mandelstam

…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 am…

Peter Gizzi

…2001, he has been a professor in the MFA Program for Poets & Writers at The University of Massachusetts Amherst. For several years, he was poetry editor of The Nation;…

Julie-ann Rowell

…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 by…

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)….

Isabel Bermudez

…and 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)….

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…

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…

Sue Johns

…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 in…

Chris McCabe

…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 Norwood…

Maggie Butt

…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 North…

Steve Ely

…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 Pity…

Jan Wagner

…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 (2009),…

Triolet, triolet

…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 department…

Melanie Drane

…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 won…

David Constantine

…is 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….

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 at…