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…performances, readings and competitions, The Poetry Society champions poetry for all ages. As well as the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award, The Poetry Society runs the National Poetry

Julie-ann Rowell

…also commended in the BT Section of the National Poetry Competition 2000, and the Bridport Prize, shortlisted in the Open Poetry International Sonnet Competition, Wells Festival Poetry Competition, Writer’s Inc,…

Fran Lock

…the 2014 Ambit Poetry Competition, the 2015 Out Spoken Poetry Prize, and the 2016 Yeats Poetry Prize. She won third prize and was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2014 and…

Helen Dunmore

Helen Dunmore (1952-2017) was the winner of the National Poetry Competition 2009. She was born in Yorkshire and studied at the University of York. She published ten poetry collections, including her…

Rob Miles

…Press Christmas Lights Poetry Competition, judged by Di Slaney and Katharine Towers to appear on postcards nationally, and he was highly commended in the Winchester Poetry Festival competition, judged by…

Ciaran Carson

…judged the National Poetry Competition with Elaine Feinstein, Simon Smith and Denis MacShane MP in 2004. He featured regularly in The Poetry Review, as both contributor and subject. In reviewing…

John Ashbery

…Notes from the Air: Selected Later Poems (2007), which was awarded the 2008 International Griffin Poetry Prize. Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror (1975) won the three major American prizes –…

Rodney Pybus

…grant; 1st prize, Peterloo International Poetry Competition; major prizes in the National Poetry Competition and the Arvon International Poetry Competition. His latest poetry collection is Darkness Inside Out (Carcanet, 2012)….

Joelle Taylor

…performed her poetry nationally and internationally and is the host of Out-Spoken, London’s premier poetry and music night. Her most recent collection Songs My Enemy Taught Me (Out-Spoken Press) was…

David Canning

David published his first collection An Essex Parish in 2015. He was long-listed in the Poetry Society National Poetry Competition in 2017, shortlisted for the Bridport Prize in 2017 and…

Mary-Jane Holmes

…Fiction and Mslexia Flash prize as well as the Bedford Poetry competition. In 2020 she was also shortlisted for the Beverley International Prize for Literature and long-listed for the National

Philip Burton

…the 2019 Hastings poetry competition, and in The Ware Poets open poetry competition 2020. He is a member of The Poetry Society’s Ribble Valley Stanza, and of the Clitheroe Writers…

Jo Burns

…She won the McClure Poetry Prize 2017 at the Irish Writers Festival, CA, the Magma Poetry Competition 2018, the New Irish Writing in Germany Poetry Award 2018 and the 2020…

Josephine Abbot

…Midlands Bursary, Lancaster LitFest 2000, a runner-up prize in the Bridport Competition 2009 and a commendation in the National Poetry Competition 1999. Her collection Trying Not To Levitate was published by Blinking Eye…

Melanie Drane

Melanie Drane is the winner of the National Poetry Competition 2005. Coming from Durham, North Carolina, she is the first international writer to win the competition. For many years poetry

Michael Shann

poetry published by the Paekakariki Press: Euphrasy (2012), Walthamstow (2015) and To London (2017). Michael was longlisted in the 2017 National Poetry Competition and his poem ‘Ice-cream for breakfast’ was…

Sally Goldsmith

…There Yet?, was published by Smith/Doorstop in 2013. She is also published in The Poetry Review, Poetry News, The North, Magma, MsLexia and the 2006 Arvon International Poetry Competition anthology….

Robert Saxton

…Keats-Shelley Memorial Association’s poetry prize for ‘The Nightingale Broadcasts’. He has won commendations in recent years in the National Poetry Competition, the Poetry London Competition and the Troubadour Poetry Competition….

Paula Bohince

Paula Bohince, who won second prize in the National Poetry Competition 2013, is the author of two poetry collections, both from Sarabande: The Children and Incident at the Edge of Bayonet Woods….

Joanne Key

…fragments of life, water, landscapes and ideas of imaginary worlds. She has yet to publish a first collection. She won second prize in The Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition 2014….

Lia Brooks

…the Mslexia Pamphlet Competition and the Café Writers Poetry Competition. It has also been shortlisted in the Bridport Poetry Prize and the Mslexia Poetry Competition. Brooks has recently returned from…

Jo Shapcott

Jo Shapcott won the National Poetry Competition in 1985 and 1991. Her collections include: Electroplating the Baby (1988), which won the Commonwealth Poetry Prize for Best First Collection, Phrase Book…

Ellora Sutton

…Review, Mookychick, and The Female Spectator, amongst others. She was commended in the 2019 Winchester Poetry Prize; won the 2019 Pre-Raphaelite Society poetry competition; and has been a winner of…

Kristiina Ehin

…awarded the British Poetry Society Popescu Prize for European Poetry in Translation, and The Scent of Your Shadow (Arc, 2010) is a British Poetry Book Society Recommended Translation. 1001 Winters,…

Caroline Carver

Caroline Carver’s work is influenced by her earlier life in Bermuda, Jamaica and Canada. She won the National Poetry Competition in 1998 and was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2010….

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)…

Matt Barnard

competitions in 2006, and his poem was ‘Learning Magic’ was selected for Poetry News  Members’ Poems competition in 2015. In 2015, he also won the Ink Tears national short story competition with…

Eliot North

…Prize 2014 and has appeared in Firewords Quarterly. She is currently looking to publish her first poetry pamphlet Suture Lines. She was commended in The Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition 2014….

Sinéad Morrissey

…The Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition with her poem ‘Through the Square Window‘ (2007), a Lannan Literary Fellowship (2007), the T S Eliot Prize (2013), the Forward Poetry Prize for…

Carole Satyamurti 1939-2019

…has won numerous awards, including first prize in the National Poetry Competition, 1986, and a Cholmondeley Award in 2000. She was joint winner of the inaugural Roehampton Poetry Prize in…

Sarah Howe

…Festival Hall. In 2015-16, she will be based at the Radcliffe Institute, Harvard.  Sarah was a Poetry Society Young Poet of the Year in 2000, and judged the 2015 National Poetry Competition….

Denise Bennett

Denise Bennett has an MA in creative writing (poetry) and teaches FE classes in this subject. She won the Havant Literary Festival poetry competition in 2014 and the Hastings Poetry

Michael Swan

Michael Swan was the winner of The Poetry Society’s Stanza Competition in 2010 with ‘I Wasn’t There’. He works in English language teaching and applied linguistics, with a focus on…

Sophie Fenella Robinski

…Paper, and leads workshops on writing and performing poetry for all ages. Sophie was a Young Producer for both the Southbank Centre and the Poetry Society National Poetry Day Live…

Vandana Khanna

…Goddess Monologues. Her poems have won the Crab Orchard Review First Book Prize, The Miller Williams Arkansas Poetry Prize, the Diode Editions Chapbook Competition, the Elinor Benedict Poetry Prize and…

Janet Sutherland

…Love Poetry to The New British Poetry 1968-88 (Paladin). She is a co-founder of  the Needlewriters cooperative which organises quarterly poetry events in Lewes, East Sussex. She won the Kent…

Anthony Anaxagorou

…school in Barnet where he teaches poetry. In 2012 he founded Out-Spoken, London’s premier poetry and live music night, and Out-Spoken Press, an independent publisher of poetry and critical writing…

Chris Agee

Poetry from Bosnia (Bloodaxe, 1998, Poetry Book Society Recommendation), Unfinished Ireland: Essays on Hubert Butler (Irish Pages, 2003), The New North: Contemporary Poetry from Northern Ireland (Wake Forest University Press,…

Mike Barlow

Mike Barlow won the 2006 National Poetry Competition with his poem ‘The Third Wife’. He won the Ledbury Competition in 2005 and the Amnesty International competition in 2002. His first…

Peter Daniels

…in the 2010 TLS Poetry Competition, the 2010 Ver Poets Competition, the 2008 Arvon competition, the 2002 Ledbury competition, and was twice a winner in the Poetry Business pamphlet competition….

Charles Evans

Poetry Life and several anthologies, and he has won awards in local and national poetry competitions. Evans won second prize and was also commended in the National Poetry Competition 2008. …

Jason Watts

…on the Isle of Arran with his wife Anne and daughter Connie, where he works as a self-employed handyman. He was commended in The Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition 2014….

Carolyn Jess-Cooke

Carolyn Jess-Cooke, commended in the National Poetry Competition 2013, is a poet and novelist from Belfast. Her fiction is published in 22 languages and her second poetry collection BOOM!, about…

Gareth Writer-Davies

Gareth Writer-Davies won the Prole Laureate Poetry Competition in 2017. He’s previously been Commended in the Prole Laureate Competition, the Welsh Poetry Competition and the Sherborne Open Poetry Competition. Shortlisted…

Zaffar Kunial

…the National Poetry Competition  with ‘Hill Speak’. With Steve Ely, Denise Riley and Warsan Shire, he contributed to The Pity, a series of new poems commissioned and published by the…

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

Veronica Zundel

…had poems included in anthologies and general magazines, as well as winning the Barnet poetry competition and more recently both first and second prizes in the Cruse Lines competition. In…

Isabella Mead

…She has been Highly Commended in the Bridport Prize (2016), the Café Writers’ Prize (2019) and the Mslexia Poetry Pamphlet Competition (2017) and longlisted in the National Poetry Competition (2017)….

Jacquie Shanahan

…language development in the NHS/Adult Learning, which has inspired some of her poems. ‘the puzzle room’ was one of the winners in The Poetry Society’s Summer 2020 Poetry News competition….

Claire Dyer

…University of London and teaches creative writing for Bracknell & Wokingham College. In 2015, Claire won the Torriano Poetry Competition, was joint winner of the Bath Short Poem competition, and…

Paul Nemser

…and Boston University School of Law. He lives with his wife Rebecca in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Harborside, Maine.  He was commended in The Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition in 2014….

Divya Mehrish

…Pollard; and in August Challenge #2: Fairy Tale Poetry on Young Poets Network. She was longlisted in the 2019 National Poetry Competition and in the 2020 Art to Poetry challenge….

Glyn Maxwell

…Maker’s Daughter, for which he wrote the libretto, was nominated for Best New Opera at the Olivier Awards. He was a judge for The Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition 2014….

Mary Jean Chan

…Flèche (Faber, 2019 – forthcoming), her debut full-length collection, which is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. She won second prize in the 2017 National Poetry Competition, and has been shortlisted…

Geraldine Clarkson

…Contemporary British Prose Poetry (Cinnamon Press). She was a Writers’ Centre Norwich Escalator winner in 2011 and she was shortlisted in the Arvon International Poetry Competition in 2010. A selection…

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…

Nicky Kippax

…of Ideas short story competition, in partnership with the University of York. Her work has recently been shortlisted for the Live Canon International Poetry Prize and for the Write Out…

Pam Job

Pam Job is a member of Colchester Stanza group and has been writing poetry for about eight years. She has won awards in several national poetry competitions, winning the Suffolk…

Luke Kennard

Luke Kennard was The Poetry Society and Canal & River Trust’s Canal Laureate from 2016-7. He is the author of four collections of poetry and a novella called Holophin (Penned in…

Steve Ely

…Centre, on 2 October, National Poetry Day, 2014, accompanied by background visuals by Robert Peake. The poems are now available as a book, available from The Poetry Society online shop….

Alice Oswald

…Hughes Award. She has worked on several commissions for The Poetry Society, including for Painting Paradise and National Poetry Day. In 2017 her collection Falling Awake (Jonathan Cape, 2016) won the Costa Poetry Award….

Joseph Coelho

…10 part BBC online series that aims to make the writing of poetry fun and accessible to all. As well as poetry Joseph Also writes picture books like Luna Loves…

Naomi Foyle

Naomi Foyle is the author of three poetry collections: The Night Pavilion, a Autumn 2008 Poetry Book Society Recommendation and The World Cup (2010) both from Waterloo Press, and Adamantine (Red…

Dom Bury

Poetry Wales and Best British Poetry. He is the recipient of an Eric Gregory Award and a Jerwood/Arvon Mentorship. He won first prize in Magma Poetry Competition and second in Resurgence Poetry Prize. …

Gillian Allnutt

…collection, wake, is due from Bloodaxe in 2018. She has also published Berthing: A Poetry Workbook (NEC/Virago, 1991), and was co-editor of The New British Poetry (Paladin, 1988). From 2001…

Nick Makoha

…also shortlisted for the Forward Poetry Prize. He also won the Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize 2016 for his manuscript Resurrection Man. He represented Uganda in the Poetry Parnassus as part…

Marianne Burton

…has appeared in The Poetry Review, Poetry Wales, Poetry Ireland, the TLS, Independent, Guardian and Sunday Times, and been featured on Radio Four’s Poetry Please. She has won prizes in the Bridport,…

Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch

Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch won second prize in the National Poetry Competition 2011. Her second collection, Not in These Shoes, was shortlisted for Wales Book of the Year 2009. Her third book,…

Dominic McLoughlin

Dominic McLoughlin was placed second in the National Poetry Competition 2005. He teaches in the faculties of continuing education at Birkbeck, University of London and the University of Sussex and…

Jon Stone

Jon Stone, commended in the National Poetry Competition 2009 and 2011, is the co-creator of small press Sidekick Books and arts journal Fuselit. His pamphlet, Scarecrows, was published by Happenstance…

Katie Griffiths

…the National Poetry Competition twice, and her pamphlet My Shrink is Pregnant was longlisted in the Paper Swans Press competition.  Her work has appeared in publications such as Ambit and…

Malcolm Watson

…commended in the National Poetry Competition 2008. He was awarded First Prize in the 2011 Cardiff International Poetry Competition. He was also shortlisted for the 2012 Edwin Morgan Poetry Prize….

Christopher James

Christopher James won first prize in the National Poetry Competition 2008. He has also won the Bridport (2002), the Ledbury poetry prizes (2003 and 2006) and the Oxford Brookes International

Beverley Nadin

competition 2014. Her poems have appeared in PN Review, The Rialto, Magma, and Stand, and in other magazines and anthologies. She was commended in The Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition 2014….

Colette Bryce

Colette Bryce is an Irish poet currently based in the North East of England. She won the National Poetry Competition in 2003. From 2009 until recently she was Poetry Editor…

Ruth Padel

…Now research award and First Prize in the National Poetry Competition in 1996 for her poem ‘Icicles Round a Tree in Dumfriesshire’. She is Professor of Poetry at King’s College…

Matthew Sweeney

…Writers’ Award. He was joint second in the National Poetry Competition 2010. He co-edited several poetry anthologies and co-authored, Writing Poetry (Hodder), with John Hartley Williams and co-edited, with Jo…

Zoë Skoulding

…of English at Bangor University. She was shortlisted for the The Poetry Society’s Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry 2013, and a judge for the National Poetry Competition 2014….

Carol Ann Duffy

…the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Whitbread Poetry Award and the Forward Prize. She won the 1983 National Poetry Competition with her poem ‘Whoever She Was’. Her poetry is studied and…

J.P. Nosbaum

J.P. Nosbaum was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2009. He received an MA in Creative Writing from UEA in 2000 and has published poems in Modern Poetry in Translation,…

James Berry

James Berry is a Jamaican poet who settled in England in the 1940s. He won the 1981 National Poetry Competition with his poem ‘Fantasy of an African Boy’. He has…

Roddy Lumsden

…also worked as a puzzle and quiz writer, and as a compiler and editor of popular reference books. He was a judge for The Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition 2014….

Moniza Alvi

…received a Cholmondeley Award in 2002. In 2015 she co-edited the Spring edition of Poetry Review with Esther Morgan, and she was a judge for the National Poetry Competition 2016….

Sarah Roby

Sarah Roby’s first collection, The Naming of Girls (Templar Poetry, 2015), includes poems featured in The Poetry Review and shortlisted for the Troubadour International Prize. Her pamphlet, This Afternoon and…

Sue Spiers

…Britain & Pocket Poetry, Cricket (Paper Swans Press). Sue works with the Winchester Poetry Festival, Open University Poetry Society and is SIG Sec for British Mensa Poetry. Sue was placed…

Liz Byrne

…her retirement. She was shortlisted for the Bridport Poetry Prize, 2019, has had poems commended in the Open Space Poetry Competition and was a finalist in the Borderlines Poetry Competition,…

Astra Papachristodoulou

…Pebeo Mixed Media Art Prize in 2016, and her visual work has been showcased at contemporary visual poetry exhibitions at the National Poetry Library and The Poetry Society’s Poetry Café….

Chen Chen

…the National Book Award and won the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize, the Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA) New Writers Award, the Texas Book Award for Poetry, and the Thom…

Jo Bell

…historic narrowboats and acting as director of National Poetry Day for six years. Born in Sheffield, Jo grew up on the fringes of the Derbyshire Peak District. She lives on…

Warsan Shire

…Centre, on 2 October, National Poetry Day, 2014, accompanied by background visuals by Robert Peake. The poems are now available as a book, available from The Poetry Society online shop….

Martin Reiser

competition for the Cheltenham Festival in 2019, shortlisted for Charles Causeley Poetry Prize 2020 and Art- lyst Art to Poetry Anthology 2020 and runs the Stanza poetry group in Bristol….

Suzanna Fitzpatrick

…2013 Hippocrates Prize and the 2012 Poetry London and 2011 South Bank Poetry competitions, came second in the 2010 Buxton Competition, and has been shortlisted for the Bridport, Frogmore, and Keats-Shelley…

Sue Leigh

…O’Donoghue, Carcanet Press). Her poem ‘Scrimshaw’ was broadcast on Poetry Please (BBC Radio 4) in 2012. She won the BBC Radio 3 Proms Poetry Competition, 2014. She lives in Oxfordshire….

Sacred and Profane

…holy to poetry, no poetry is holy. I’ll write poetry like a cockroach leaving tracks on the bathroom floor like a tired cat in the sun like a worker in…

And Poetry?

What are you selling? Nothing. Poetry? Imagine a shaved monk, begging bowl in cupped hands, offering up   like a gift, a free gift. Nothing, clear as water, settling till…

Alice Miller

…found in The Poetry Review, Poetry magazine, The Times Literary Supplement, Boston Review, Poetry London, Best New Zealand Poems and The New Republic. She has received a BNZ Katherine Mansfield…

Esther Morgan

…the contemporary poetry anthology Reactions. For several years she was Historic Recordings Manager for The Poetry Archive and in 2015 co-edited the Spring edition of Poetry Review with Moniza Alvi….

Cheryl Moskowitz

…The Poetry Review, The Rialto, Magma, and The Manhattan Review amongst others; won prizes in the Bridport, Troubadour, Kent & Sussex and Hippocrates poetry competitions; and was a 2018 Moth…

Sarah Maguire

…of the Poetry Translation Centre and editor of the anthology My Voice: A Decade of Poems from the Poetry Translation Centre (Bloodaxe Books, 2014). Author of four highly praised poetry

Judith Wilkinson

…the Netherlands. In 2008 she won the David Reid Poetry Translation Prize, and in 2011 won The Poetry Society’s Popescu Prize for European Poetry in Translation for her translation of Toon…

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