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…

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. …

Theo Lewis

Theo Lewis is a 2014 winner of the Cape Farewell/Young Poets Network competition to produce poems in response to climate change. He is a third-prize-winner of the Young Poets Network 2017 August…

Nirankar Phull

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

Jamie Seymour

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

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…

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’….

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…

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….

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…

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…

Emma White

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

Hetty Mosforth

Hetty 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…

Ellora Sutton

Ellora is commended in the W. S. Graham challenge on Young Poets Network as part of Graham’s centenary celebrations. She is also commended in Ankita Saxena’s protest 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….

Rosie Levene

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

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….

My War

…literary poetry and – thank God – the bell rings. My war is trapped in front covers and fly wings. My war is on tour buses, in fields all scoured…

Freya Wilson

Freya Wilson is a winner of the Young Poets Network ‘Dramatic monologue’ and ‘Song writing’ poetry challenges….

Akhmatova in the Borscht

…up. “It’s a shame. I only found out afterwards how beautiful her poetry was. She had this one, ‘Requiem’, that the government hated most.” A hissing rose from the pot…

Benedict Mulcare

Benedict is a winner in the Behind the Curtain poetry challenge on Young Poets Network, in partnership with the V&A Museum. 

Josephine Corcoran

Josephine Corcoran’s work as a short story writer and playwright has been broadcast on BBC R4 and R4Extra. She has published two poetry collections, a pamphlet with tall-lighthouse and a…

Esme Layton

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

Cities

Once in Leicester Square a bird wing touched my face. It was just a London pigeon whose spatial awareness had gone out of kilter but there was poetry in it….

Emma Kemp

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

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…

Emma Yeo

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

Emma Warren

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

Fergus Blair

A winner of Foyle Young Poets of the year 2010, Fergus Blair is also a winner of the Young Poets Network ‘Poem on a postcard’ poetry challenge….

Samuel B. Peralta

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

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….

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….

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….

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….

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…

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 is 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….

Daisy Syme-Taylor

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

Natalie Perman

…by Freud’s work of the same name. She is additionally the third-prize winner in the Thinking Outside the Penalty Box challenge, and commended in Ankita Saxena’s protest poetry challenge, remembering 100…

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…

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…

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…

Annabelle Fuller

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

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…

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….

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)….

William Thomas

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

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)….

Anna Thomas

Anna Thomas is a winner of Young Poets Network poetry challenges including ‘Winter’ and ‘Canal’….

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…

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…

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…

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….

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,…

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)….

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…