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 long-listed…

Martin Figura

…in Poetry 2010. His poem ‘Victor’ won the Poetry Society’s 2010 Hamish Canham Prize. In 2013 Nasty Little Press published the pamphlet Arthur. He is chair of Café Writers, Norwich….

A.P. Fraser

chemical industries, and in the voluntary and public sector. He has always written poetry, but have never received formal training. He has been successful in several competitions and poetry publications….

Raymond Antrobus

…Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowship. His poem, ‘Sound Machine’, first published in The Poetry Review, 107:1, Spring 2017, was the winner of the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize 2017, judged by Ocean Vuong….

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 the…

Caroline Bird

Caroline Bird has five collections of poetry published by Carcanet. Her most recent collection, In These Days of Prohibition, was shortlisted for the 2017 TS Eliot Prize and the Ted…

Peter Reading

…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 the…

Simon Jenner

Simon Jenner was born in Cuckfield in 1959. Failing everything except art, he learnt to fly instead; discovering poetry forestalled a career in airframes. He has been the director of…

William Snelling

William is commended in the 2019 poetry translation challenge with Modern Poetry in Translation, judged by Clare Pollard. He is also the third-prize winner of the 2018 August Challenge #1…

Sudeep Sen

Blue Nude: New & Selected Poems | Translations 1979-2014 (Jorge Zalamea International Poetry Prize) is forthcoming. Sen’s newer work appears in New Writing 15 (Granta),Language for a New Century (Norton),…

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 2009…

Sue Davies

Sue Davies is former lecturer in English Literature. She writes poetry and short stories; her first poetry collection, Blue Water Café, was published by Oversteps in 2014. She is working…

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. She is also commended in the moon poetry challenge,…

Marina McCready

poetry and the Civilisation and Its Discontents challenge on Young Poets Network, inspired by Freud’s work of the same name; she is also the winner of the Greys Court Palimpsest Poetry Challenge….

Greta Stoddart

…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 4…

Henry Israeli

In 2013 Henry Israeli was shortlisted for The Poetry Society’s Popescu Prize for European Poetry in Translation for his translation of poems in Haywire: New & Selected Poems by Luljeta Lleshanaku. Hear…

Carrie Etter

Originally from Normal, Illinois, Carrie Etter has lived in England since 2001 and taught creative writing at Bath Spa University since 2004. She has published three collections of poetry: The…

Elaine Feeney

…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 to…

Mrs Beltinska in the Bath

…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) is drowned…

NAGA MC

…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 internationally…

Damilare Haastrup

Damilare Haastrup 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.

Sadia Ahmed

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

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 Crosbie…

The Rûm District

…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, then…

Abdullah Alselami

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

Pass, Passport, Passaporto, etc.

…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 dreams…

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.

Jay Hulme

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

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, past…

Ishion Hutchinson

…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 from…

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 EP…

Katie Walters

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

Issy Prior-Stevens

Issy Prior-Stevens 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.

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 several…

Ruth Awolola

Ruth Awolola 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.

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 key…

Jemima Higgins

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

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 Anthony…

Nirankar Phull

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

Howard Laughton

…in 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….

Then in the twentieth century

…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 afternoon…

from Thomas Hobbes (1588–) Works Motherhood

…and the individual’s natural state of fear, competition and violence: every man is enemy to every man; two bodies cannot exist in the same place. Children? It’s a no-brainer! The…

Games Mistress

…’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 and…

Jamie Seymour

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

The pirate inside

…bridging loan on a pink Jag, is about to leave England for Jamaica – but will pay her back when he can.   And on the morning of the competition

N.J. Hynes

…Department of Emotional Projections (2014) won the inaugural Live Canon first collection competition. She has a background in anthropology, journalism, art criticism and publishing, and lives and works in London. …

Jayant Kashyap

Jayant is commended in the tree poetry challenge on Young Poets Network and the third-prize winner in the Bletchley Park challenge….

Holly Pester

Holly Pester is a poet living mostly in London. She is working on her first full collection on bogs and abortivity and is Lecturer in Poetry and Performance at University…

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…

William Thomas

William is a winner in the Great Fire poetry challenge on Young Poets Network…

Emma White

Emma is a winner in the Great Fire poetry challenge on Young Poets Network…

H Mosforth

This poet is a winner in the Great Fire poetry challenge on Young Poets Network….

Annabelle Fuller

Annabelle Fuller is a winner of Young Poets Network challenges  ‘Palimpsest Poetry – the Greys Court Challenge’, ‘Automatic writing’, and ‘Shakespeare’s shoes’…

Konstandinos Mahoney

…broadcast on the BBC and worldwide. He is rep for The Poetry Society’s Barnes and Chiswick Stanza, teaches Creative Writing at Hong Kong University and blogs for the Asian Literary…

Patrick McGuinness

…College. He is the author of two collections of poems, published by Carcanet, a novel and several academic books about French literature and modern poetry. In 2009 he was made…

Keith Howden

Keith Howden is the author of many collections of poetry, the most recent of which is, Barlow Agonistes (Lulu, 2014)….

Jamie Hancock

…2017 on Young Poets Network, and is highly commended in the I Am the Universe challenge. He is also a winner in the Great Fire poetry challenge and commended poet in the Melting Ice challenge 2017….

Paul Mills

Paul was born in Northwich, Cheshire, in March 1948. He is the author of many poetry collections, the most recent of which is Voting for Spring (Smith Doorstop, 2010)….

Tom Lowenstein

Tom Lowenstein was born in 1941. He is the author of many collections of poetry, the most recent of which is, From Culbone Wood – In Xanadu (Shearsman, 2013)….

Hellenica

Sing, rhapsode, the poetry of ages, Where Homer stitched his verse to please Apollo, And Aphrodite heard the island harp and lines of lyric Sappho as she strummed. From southern…

What We Can Least Afford to Lose

Written in collaboration with, and with thanks to, the attendees of the Manchester CRT Conference I wonder if it is a stretch to say canals and poetry share more than…

Wild Life

…spoke of quinine and malaria, of chemistry tricks on teachers, of racehorses and ants, of prising open your boarding school window and sneaking out to write poetry in the night….

Sarah Reeson

Sarah Reeson is a mother of two. She uses poetry and prose to free her creative spirit.

Anna Thomas

Anna is a winner of Young Poets Network poetry challenges including ‘Winter’ and ‘Canal’. She is also commended in the Carol Ann Duffy challenge on Young Poets Network, judged by…

Fiyinfoluwa Timothy Oladipo

Fiyinfoluwa Timothy Oladipo is the third-prize winner in Ankita Saxena’s protest poetry challenge on Young Poets Network, remembering 100 years of the women’s vote in the UK; commended in the Thinking Outside…

Christie Suyanto

Christie Suyanto is a winner of Young Poets Network poetry challenges including ‘Kennings’ and ‘Poems go visiting’….

Zara Shams

Zara is the first-prize winner in Ankita Saxena’s protest poetry challenge on Young Poets Network, remembering 100 years of the women’s vote in the UK….

Rosie Levene

Rosie is a winner in the Great Fire poetry challenge on Young Poets Network…

Jack Cooper

…in the Bletchley Park challenge on Young Poets Network, judged by So Mayer; commended in the moon poetry challenge, judged by Nii Parkes; and commended again in the Mary Wollstonecraft…

Chatham, MA

…Natick, MA, where she is a boarding student. There she discovered how much she loved poetry. Before then, it had been a “hobby”, and she knew practically nothing about how…

Haf Davies

Haf Davies is a former Foyle Young Poet and participant in the Hands across the border poetry project.

Samuel B. Peralta

Samuel B. Peralta is the author of the poetry collection Semaphore….

To The Lighthouse

…marriage, birth, The War, poetry. Is it the full manuscript or just the bits in the middle that count. Is it the woman at the window, marking the hours, from…

Alister MacQuarrie

Alister MacQuarrie is a winner of the Young Poets Network ‘Univocal’, ‘Future’ and ‘Like Starlings’ poetry challenges….

David Carey

A winner of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2012, David Carey is also a winner of the Young Poets Network ‘Imagined lives’ poetry challenge….

Hilary Llewellyn Williams

…west Wales for a number of years, before moving recently to Pontypool. She is the author of three collections of poetry, The Tree Calendar, Book of Shadows and Animaculture (Seren)….

Unrequited

…do not know if someone occupies the other side of his bed. But it does not matter. His home will always be cluttered and his poetry will always be honest….

Amelie Maurice-Jones

…second-prize-winner in the Young Poets Network 2017 August challenge #2, themed around place. She is also commended in the Who is Giselle? poetry challenge, and a winner of the Young Poets Network ‘Haiban’ challenge….

Peter Manson

…for the Poetry Society’s Popescu Prize 2013 for his translation of The Poems in Verse by Stéphane Mallarmé (Miami University Press). Read ‘The Tomb of Edgar Poe’, or listen to Peter…

Janet Paisley

Janet Paisley was an award winning poet, author, playwright, non-fiction and scriptwriter, writing in Scots and English. Her most recent poetry publication is Ye Cannae Win (Chapman, 2004)….

Rosamund Stanhope

…esoteric and unusual words. Two collections of her poems were published by Peterloo Press in the 1990s, when she also featured as the The Poetry Review‘s Poet of the Month….

today

…to birth poetry and to build new ideas. today my task is to paint; to measure and to cut with care the pieces of paper to help the brush perform…

Daisy Syme-Taylor

A winner of Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2010. Daisy also won the Newdigate Prize for Poetry in 2013.

from The white jumper

poetry reading. That’s odd, he replied, and moved on to a children’s writer. At Leeds, a kid was hanging by the barriers. The station manager stared at him. What’s he…

Kinga Fabó

Kinga Fabó is a poet, linguist and philosopher based in Budapest. Her books include five collections of poetry in Hungarian.

Meena Alexander

Meena Alexander is an award winning author and scholar. Her latest collection of poetry Birthplace with Buried Stones (TriQuarterly Books/ Northwestern University Press) was published in 2013….