Ibukun Badmus

Ibukun Badmus 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…

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.

Abdullah Alselami

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

Saoirse Lennon

Saoirse Lennon 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.

Abi Cook

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

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…

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…

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…

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.

Ruth Awolola

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

Issy Prior-Stevens

Issy Prior-Stevens was a winner of the SLAMbassadors UK national youth slam in 2015, judged by Anthony Anaxagorou.

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…

Damilare Haastrup

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

Jay Hulme

Jay Hulme 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.

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…

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…

Nirankar Phull

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

Katie Kirkpatrick

…judged by Peter Kahn. She is also a second-prize winner in the Ted Hughes Young Poets Award 2016 and a Specially Commended poet in the Young Fenland Poet Laureate competition 2016….

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…

Jamie Seymour

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

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…

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. …

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….

Emma White

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

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…

Rosie Levene

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

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….

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…

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)….

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…

William Thomas

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

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…

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)….

Jayant Kashyap

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

H Mosforth

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

David Clarke

David Clarke’s second collection of poetry, The Europeans, is forthcoming from Nine Arches Press in March 2019….

Emma Kemp

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

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….

Jake Street

Jake is commended in the Wish List challenge on Young Poets Network and the second-prize winner in the 2018 August challenge #4 on using the vernacular in poetry….

Ellora Sutton

…challenge; in the W. S. Graham challenge on as part of Graham’s centenary celebrations; and in Ankita Saxena’s protest poetry challenge, remembering 100 years of the women’s vote in the UK….

Etiquette at the Canalside

…annoyed. “Poetry makes nothing happen”: A good reason to shut your trap, then. A pelican sustains through vomit All his or her offspring, so Actually, your analogy, I hold it…

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…

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…

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…

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.

Christie Suyanto

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

Daisy Syme-Taylor

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

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)….

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….

Samuel B. Peralta

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

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….

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….

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….

Kinga Fabó

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

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….

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)….

Haf Davies

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

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….

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…

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…

Em Power

Em is a commended Foyle Young Poet in 2017 and a top 15 winner in 2018. She is also commended in the Timothy Corsellis Poetry Prize 2018 on Young Poets…

Anna Leader

Anna Leader is a winner of Young Poets Network poetry challenges including ‘Different Voices’ and ‘Poems go visiting’….

Elsa Corbluth

Elsa Corbluth is the author of many poetry collections, the most recent of which is Eighteen to Eighty: A Life Sketched in Poems (Bardic Media, 2011)….

Edwin Drummond

Edwin Drummond is a British poet and climber. He is the author of many collections of poetry, the most recent of which is A Dream of White Horses: Recollections of…

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…

Keith Howden

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

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…

Gladys Mary Coles

Poet, novelist, biographer, publisher, editor and tutor of creative writing, Gladys Mary Cole’s published work includes nine collections of poetry, various anthologies and two biographies of Mary Webb. Clay (Flambard,…

Dominic Hand

A winner of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2013, Dominic Hand is also a winner of the Young Poets Network ‘Imagism’ poetry challenge….

Richard McCracken

Richard McCracken’s poem, ‘Sisters’ was featured in the Summer 1991 issue of The Poetry Review, and his poem ‘The Man at the Crossing Needs an Eastbound Train’ was published in…

Dillon Leet

A winner of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2012, Dillon Leet is also a winner of the Young Poets Network ‘Jungle trail’ poetry challenge….

Amy Dowler

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

Angelique Cridland

Angelique Cridland is a commended poet in the 2016 Young Poets Network August Challenge #1. She is also a winner of other Young Poets Network poetry challenges including ‘Censorship’ and…

I didn’t like him when I first saw him

…and fun  I wondered what I possibly could have done  To attract him.  You know?  He knew poetry.  He’d been to Tibet, earned a million pounds  Had Paul Smith shirts…

Ankita Saxena

Ankita Saxena was commended in the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2010 and 2011, and is a winner of the Young Poets Network ‘Univocal’ and ‘Song writing’ poetry

Dizraeli

Dizraeli is a hip-hop artist, singer and spoken word artist whose style encompasses many genres from rap to folk. He won the BBC Radio 4 Poetry Slam and the UK…

Annabelle Fuller

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