Clare Pollard

…which was The Sunday Times Poetry Book of the Year 2017. She was a judge for The Poetry Society’s Popescu European Poetry Translation Prize 2015, and was the Trafalgar Square…

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…

Chris McCabe

poetry collection, Speculatrix, were both published by Penned in the Margins in 2014. He works as the Poetry Librarian at the Saison Poetry Library and teaches for the Poetry School….

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

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…

(Into)national Anthem

Ancient fourteen-bar meadow, please forgive how words mowed you down. How they murdered you plainchant margins of Queen Anne’s lace, your hushed lutes in hedges, in woods, and in fields…

National Park

“I am glad I will not be young in a future without wilderness.” -Aldo Leopold The prairie is contained within a rough sketch of mountain, its trees whistling out their…

In the National Palace Museum, Taiwan

Here in this entrepreneurial State they work in night markets and evening school. A Ming porcelain bowl shows Dragon Gate, where a carp rises from a cobalt pool to become…

Tony Harrison

…of the Gorgon, the inaugural PEN Pinter Prize in 2009 and the David Cohen Prize for Literature in 2015. He won the 1980 National Poetry Competition with his poem ‘Timer’….

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…

Anne Pierson Wiese

…collection Floating City (2007) won the Walt Whitman Award. She also won second prize in the 2004 Arvon International Poetry Competition and was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2008….

Susan E. Holland

…She has been awarded prizes for both her poetry and fiction; she was a prizewinner in the 2015 Troubadour competition. She has also been longlisted in the National Poetry Competition

Tom Weir

…is a founder member of AFC Wimbledon and still eagerly awaits the call to become their first poet laureate.  He was commended in The Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition in 2014….

Stephen Knight

…He received an Eric Gregory Award in 1987 and won the National Poetry Competition in 1992. He won the 2003 Times Literary Supplement/Blackwells Poetry Competition for ‘The Long Way Home’….

Ian McEwen

Ian McEwen, commended in the National Poetry Competition 2011, is a charity trustee, philosophy tutor and treasurer of Magma Poetry. Many magazines have published his poems and The Stammering Man…

Belinda Rimmer

…internationally. In 2018, she came second in the Ambit Poetry Competition. She is one of the two winners of the Indigo-First Pamphlet Competition, 2018, with her pamphlet, Touching Sharks in…

Megan Beech

…Mary Beard’ was published by Burning Eye Books in December 2013. Megan was a Young Producer for both the Southbank Centre and the Poetry Society National Poetry Day Live 2014….

Susannah Hart

…Live Canon First Collection Prize in 2018 and her poem ‘Reading the Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy’ won first prize in the 2019 National Poetry Competition. Susannah is on the…

Gerry Cambridge

…magazines of the English-speaking world”. Gerry Cambridge’s poem, ‘Order’ was featured in the Autumn 2012 issue of The Poetry Review. He was a judge for the National Poetry Competition in 2016….

Neil Rollinson

…and Demolition, all published by Cape and Poetry Book Society Recommendations. In 1997, he won the National Poetry Competition with his poem ‘Constellations’. He won a Cholmondeley Award in 2005….

Ian Duhig

…of musicians, from the pre-baroque consort The Clerks to the contemporary avant-garde composer Christopher Fox. He has won a Forward Prize, the National Poetry Competition in 1987 and 2000, and…

Leah Larwood

Several of Leah’s short stories and poems have been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize and she has been longlisted in the National Poetry Competition; and published in Poetry News. She has…

Kevin Patrick McCarthy

…Steam Ticket, vox poetica, and other publications. He is also a dramatist, essayist, geologist, and fourth-generation Coloradan. locuto.com. He was commended in The Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition in 2014….

Susannah Hart

…Live Canon First Collection Prize in 2018 and her poem ‘Reading the Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy’ won first prize in the 2019 National Poetry Competition. Susannah is on the board…

Pauline Sturges

Pauline Sturges has a Masters in Creative Writing (Novels) and was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize in 2016 and in 2018. She was longlisted for The Poetry Society’s National Poetry

Roger Philip Dennis

…A 1985 Arvon Foundation Apprenticeship-Scheme for a novel led to work editing. He continues writing fiction alongside poetry. He won first prize in The Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition 2014. www.rogerdennisart.com. …

Gabriel Akamo

…Camp 2012’ and ‘Goodbye Piccadilly’, the London Transport Museum’s Centenary exhibition. Gabriel was a Young Producer for both the Southbank Centre and the Poetry Society National Poetry Day Live 2014….

Helen Klein Ross

Helen Klein Ross was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2011. She is a former copywriter and has written hundreds of ads for household products. She lives in New York…

David Kennedy

…PN Review and Stand. He has published three of his own poetry collections with Salt. He won third prize in the 2007 National Poetry Competition with his poem ‘Encore, Mr Fox!’….

James Harpur

…won the 2009 Michael Hartnett Award. Other prizes and bursaries include the National Poetry Competition 1995, two Arts Council of Ireland Bursaries, a Society of Authors Bursary, an Eric Gregory…

Mark Pajak

…was selected by Carol AnnDuffy as a Laureate’s Choice. He has previously been commended in the National Poetry Competition in 2014 and 2019. His first collection is forthcoming in 2022….

Jane Yeh

Jane Yeh was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2009. Her collection, Marabou (2005),  was shortlisted for the Whitbread Poetry Award, the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, and the…

Sheila Hillier

Sheila Hillier began writing poetry in 2001, and since then her poems have been published in The Interpreter’s House and Ambit. She was commended in the National Poetry Competition in…

John Stammers

…Book Society Choice. Stammers’s third collection, Interior Night (Picador), was published in 2010. He won third prize in the National Poetry Competition 2009 for his poem ‘Mr Punch in Soho’….

Jennie Carr

…anthologies including Poetry News, The Cannon’s Mouth, Brittlestar, The Frogmore Papers, Oxford Poetry and The Book of Love and Loss (Belgrave Press 2014). She won first prize for poetry in…

Jane Wilkinson

In 2020, Jane Wilkinson won first and second prizes in the Guernsey Literary Festival Poetry Prize, first prize in the Strokestown International Poetry Prize, and the Norfolk Prize in Café…

Graham Mort

…Gregory Award, two Duncan Lawrie prizes in the Arvon Foundation International Poetry competition and a Poetry Book Society recommendation. His collection, Black Shiver Moss, was published by Seren in 2017….

Penny Boxall

…Chateau de Lavigny and Cove Park. Her historical novel for children was longlisted in the Mslexia Children’s Novel Competition in 2018. She has worked as a lecturer in Poetry at…

Les Murray

…translator at the Australian National University and as an officer in the Prime Minister’s Department. Murray first visited Europe in the sixties, and returned frequently to give poetry readings. From…

Marvin Thompson

Marvin Thompson was born in London to Jamaican parents and now lives in mountainous south Wales. His debut poetry collection, Road Trip (Peepal Tree, 2020), was a Poetry Book Society…

Serena Cooke

…both the Southbank Centre and the Poetry Society National Poetry Day Live 2014. She is also a winner of the Young Poets Network ‘Cape Farewell Crossing the Border’ poetry challenge….

Fanny Howe

…and See (2011). Her most recent poetry collection, Second Childhood (2014), was a finalist for the National Book Award. In 2001 and 2005, Howe was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry

Carolyn Forché

…the Lannan Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1992, she received the Charity Randall Citation from the International Poetry Forum. In 2013, Forché received the Academy of American…

Kara Jackson

…Tyehimba Jess as runner-up in the Frontier Poetry’s Award for New Poets.  It should be noted that Kara competed against adults in both of these latter competitions.  Kara just had an essay published in Poetry magazine making her…

Geraldine Clarkson

…numerous awards and prizes include: The Poetry Society’s Anne Born Prize 2015; the Poetry London Competition 2015; the Magma Editors’ Prize; and the 2015 Ver Prize. She was a Writers’…

Jade Cuttle

Jade Cuttle is a winner of the Young Poets Network ‘No Man’s Land’ poetry challenge and the BBC Proms Poetry Competition. She won first prize in the Riddle Me This…

April Egan

…the Poetry and Political Language Challenge, in partnership with the Orwell Youth Prize, and commended in the 2021 poetry translation challenge with Modern Poetry in Translation, judged by Clare Pollard. …

D A Prince

…The Poetry Society’s Stanza Poetry Competition in 2010, judged by Sheenagh Pugh, and she has been regularly published in Poetry News.  D A Prince’s first pamphlet, Undoing Time, was published…

Holly Hopkins

Holly Hopkins lives and works in London. Her debut pamphlet, Soon Every House Will Have One, won the 2014 Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition and Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice. Holly…

Jonathan Edwards

…the Terry Hetherington Award in 2010, was awarded a Literature Wales new writer’s bursary in 2011, and in 2012 won prizes in the Cardiff International Poetry Competition and the Basil…

Charlotte Higgins

…border poetry project. She won the Poetry Society’s SLAMbassadors performance poetry competition in 2012. She is also a winner of the Young Poets Network ‘Poem on a postcard’ poetry challenge….

Anna Kisby

Anna Kisby lives in Devon. Her poetry has been placed in competitions and published in magazines including Poetry News, Mslexia, Orbis, Seam and South Bank Poetry. She was the winner…

Julia Webb

…Arches Press in 2016. Her poems have appeared in various publications including: Poetry News, Other Poetry and Ink, Sweat and Tears. She was recently one of the ‘Young Poets Centre…

Michael Laskey

…education in Spain and England for ten years. He has published three pamphlets – Cloves of Garlic (1988), which won the Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition, In the Fruit Cage (1997)…

Amy Wolstenholme

…on Young Poets Network in 2020. She is the third prize winner in the Who is Giselle? poetry challenge, and a winner in the Ways to be Wilder Poetry Challenge, in…

Kayo Chingonyi

…the winners of the challenge and poems created in a workshop led by Kayo at The Poetry Society appear in an anthology available to read on The Poetry Society’s website….

Ilmar Lehtpere

…the poet Sadie Murphy. In 2013, Ilmar was shortlisted for The Poetry Society’s Popescu Prize for European Poetry in Translation for his translation of 1001 Winters  by Kristiina Ehin. Read an…

Swithun Cooper

…of Northern Exposure, the Arts Council of England’s Yorkshire-based arts magazine and now works at The Poetry Library. Swithun founded Poetry Digest, an edible poetry journal, with Chrissy Williams. Swithun…

Michael Murphy

Michael Murphy (1965-2009) won The Poetry Society’s Geoffrey Dearmer Prize in 2001 for his poem ‘An Idea of Order’. Several further poems appeared in The Poetry Review, including ‘Turf’. His…

Maggie Sawkins

Maggie Sawkins won the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry 2013 with Zones of Avoidance. She has written poetry since she was a child. Her two poetry collections…

Nadia Lines

…Volume challenge on Young Poets Network, and the first-prize winner in the 2019 poetry translation challenge with Modern Poetry in Translation, judged by Clare Pollard. She is also the second-prize…

Partridge Boswell

Partridge Boswell is the author of Some Far Country (Grolier Poetry). His poems appear in Poetry, American Poetry Review and Poetry Ireland Review. Co-founder of Bookstock Literary Festival, he troubadours…

Iain Twiddy

Iain Twiddy studied literature at university, and lived for several years in northern Japan. His poetry has appeared in The Poetry Review, Harvard Review, The London Magazine, Poetry Ireland Review,…

Jamie McKendrick

…and a Poetry Book Society Choice; Ink Stone (2003), shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and the Whitbread Poetry Award; and Crocodiles & Obelisks (2007), shortlisted for the Forward Prize….

Gwyneth Lewis

…won the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival Prize, Zero Gravity (1998), shortlisted for the Forward Poetry Prize (Best Poetry Collection of the Year), and Y Llofrudd Iaith (2000) winner of the Arts…

Rob Miles

…or are forthcoming in Stand, Poetry News, New Welsh Review, One Hand Clapping, Mediterranean Poetry, Spelt, The American Journal of Poetry, 14 Magazine, Poetry Wales, and Australian Book Review.  …

Kaye Lee

poetry magazines and anthologies and won prizes in competitions. Belonging to several poetry groups including a local Poetry Society Stanza, Palmers Green Poets, Enfield Poets and Second Light Network gives…

Olivia McCannon

…Queen’s College, Oxford, and lived for eight years in Belleville, Paris. Her translations include Balzac’s Old Man Goriot (Penguin Classics, 2011), modern French poetry in Poetry of Place: Paris (Eland, 2014), and contemporary plays (by…

Hannah Hodgson

…published  by The Poetry Business in June 2022. Find more of her through her website, and Twitter.  Hannah is the first prize winner in the Poetry and Political Language Challenge on…

a cat talks about cat-poetry

“contrary to popular belief, we do read what’s written about us, and we do take heed (not only to know what is said—we get bored): that fellow baudelaire for example…

Stephen Sexton

Stephen Sexton lives in Belfast where he is studying at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry. Poems have appeared in Granta, Poetry Ireland, Poetry London, and Best British Poetry 2015….

Kat Francois

Kat Francois is a performance artist, poet, actor, playwright, director, youth and adult workshop facilitator, and comedian. Kat was the first person to win a televised poetry slam in the…

Poetry Recital, Somewhere in the City

His heart beat to poems recited By the act before him, or so it seemed And in his head were whispers, screamed Like a well projected voice His mind, quivered…

Daisy Behagg

Daisy Behagg’s poems have appeared in The Poetry Review, The Rialto, Poetry Wales, The North and Ambit. She won the Bridport Prize for Poetry in 2013 and her debut pamphlet,…

Tony Curtis

Tony Curtis won the 1984 National Poetry Competition with his poem ‘The Death of Richard Beattie-Seaman in Belgian Grand Prix, 1939’. He has published several collections of poetry, the latest…

Mark Fiddes

…awarded third place in the National Poetry Competition. He has also won the Ruskin Prize and was runner-up in the Bridport Prize. His work has been published in The Irish…

Michael Hulse

…2007. He won the inaugural National Poetry Competition in 1978 with his poem ‘Dole Queue’. Other awards include an Eric Gregory Award in 1980 and a Cholmondeley Award in 1991….

Jonathan Tel

…set in contemporary China. His story, ‘The Shoe King of Shanghai’, was shortlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Award in 2014. He was commended in The Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition 2014….

S.J. Litherland

S.J. Litherland, commended in the National Poetry Competition 2011, was born in Warwickshire and moved to Durham in 1965. She has published six collections of poetry, of which the most…

Suji Kwock Kim

…Reviewers/ Northern California Book Award, and was a finalist for the Griffin Prize. Her chapbook, Notes from the North, was a winner in the 2018/2019 Poetry Business International Book and…

John Wedgwood Clarke

John Wedgwood Clarke was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2010. He set up and for ten years ran the Beverley Literature and Bridlington Poetry Festivals, before leaving to pursue…

Ian Caws

Ian Caws has published 11 collections of poetry since 1975, the latest of which is The Canterbury Road. In 1988, he was runner up in the National Poetry Competition, having…

Valerie Laws

Valerie Laws was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2009. She is a poet, playwright, sci-art specialist, and crime novelist. She is Writer in Residence at a London Pathology Museum….

Peter Kahn

Peter Kahn was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2009 and 2017. He is a founding member of Malika’s Kitchen and co-founder of the London Teenage Poetry Slam. He has…

Beatrice Garland

Beatrice Garland won the 2001 National Poetry Competition with her poem ‘undressing’. Her first poetry collection, The Invention of Fireworks, was published in 2013 by Templar and was shortlisted among…

Patrick Brandon

Patrick Brandon was commended in the 2007 National Poetry Competition for his poem ‘Flat Dad’. His first poetry collection, A Republic of Linen, was published by Bloodaxe in 2009….

Allison McVety

Allison McVety is the winner of the National Poetry Competition 2011. The Night Trotsky Came to Stay (Smith|Doorstop), her first collection, was shortlisted for a Forward Prize. A second, Miming…

Giles Goodland

Giles Goodland was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2010. He has published several books of poetry including A Spy in the House of Years (2001), Capital (2006), What the…

James Manlow

James Manlow won second prize in the 2003 National Poetry Competition with his poem ‘The Lazy Maid’. He was appointed as Bournemouth’s first poet laureate in 2013 and his debut…

Carmen Bugan

Carmen Bugan was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2010. Her first collection of poems, Crossing the Carpathians, was published in 2004. Her poetry and prose appears in many magazines…

Rosalind Hudis

Rosalind Hudis, commended in the National Poetry Competition 2011, is an emerging poet from Ceredigion. She has always written, but decided to go full-time in 2009, beginning an MA in…

Sue Butler

…author of a number of poetry collections including Learning to Improvise (Rockingham) and Arson (Happenstance). She was commended in the 2007 National Poetry Competition for her poem ‘Reflection, July 1938’….

Josephine Haslam

Josephine Haslam, joint second in the National Poetry Competition 2010, has been writing and publishing poetry since the late 1980s. Her poems have been published in leading magazines including: The…

Paul Adrian

Paul Adrian’s poem ‘Robin in Flight’ won the 2010 National Poetry Competition, and his poems have appeared in The Poetry Review, The Rialto, Magma, The Moth and elsewhere. He lives in…

Rachel A. Dilworth

Rachel A. Dilworth is an American poet who received a commendation in the 2007 National Poetry Competition for her poem ‘Body Sonnets VIII: The Magdalen’. Her first manuscript, The Wild…

Linda France

Linda France, winner of the National Poetry Competition 2013, is based close to Hadrian’s Wall, near Hexham in Northumberland. Since 1992 she has published seven poetry collections with Bloodaxe, Smokestack…

Keith Chandler

…Kind of Smoke (Redbeck, 2001) and The English Civil War Part 2  (Peterloo Poets, 2009). He was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2012 for his poem, ‘The Goldsmith’s Apprentice’….

David Grubb

David Grubb received 3rd prize in the 2006 National Poetry Competition for his poem ‘Bud Fields and His World’. His poetry collections include It Comes with a Bit of Song…

Jane Draycott

Jane Draycott won second prize in the National Poetry Competition 2012. A 2004 Next Generation Poet and a winner of the Keats-Shelley Prize for Poetry, her collections include The Night…