Simon Rae

Simon Rae is a British poet, broadcaster, biographer and playwright. He won the National Poetry Competition in 1999 with his poem, ‘Believed’, and has also been awarded an Eric Gregory…

John Lancaster

…Of Labour (Longmarsh Press), which won the inaugural Arnold Bennett Book Prize 2017. He was a joint second-prizewinner in the National Poetry Competition in 1979. He lives in Totnes, Devon….

Debbie Lim

Debbie Lim, commended in the National Poetry Competition 2013, is from Sydney. Her poems have appeared in publications including Cordite Poetry Review, Contemporary Asian Australian Poets (Puncher & Wattman, 2013)…

William Scammell

William Scammell won the 1989 National Poetry Competition with his poem ‘A World Elsewhere’. He published several poetry collections during his lifetime, the last of which was All Set to…

Wayne Holloway-Smith

…Test Centre in 2018. He was the winner of The Poetry Society’s Geoffrey Dearmer Prize in 2016, judged by Jane Yeh, and the winner of the 2018 National Poetry Competition….

Ken Taylor

Ken Taylor, commended in the National Poetry Competition 2013, lives in North Carolina. He is the author of the chapbook, first the trees, now this (Three Count Pour, 2013). His…

Christopher Horton

Christopher Horton was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2008 and his poems have been published in several publications including Iota, Dream Catcher, Other Poetry, The Wolf, Magma, Fuselit and…

Patricia Wooldridge

Patricia Wooldridge, commended in the National Poetry Competition 2013, has taught English in schools and lectured in creative writing. Her poems have appeared in a variety of poetry journals and…

Julia Copus

…prize. Her previous collections, The Shuttered Eye and In Defence of Adultery, were PBS Recommendations. She won First Prize in the National Poetry Competition (2002) and the Forward Prize for…

John Latham

…Boy (The Collective Press, 2006). He was awarded second prize in the 2006 National Poetry Competition for his poem ‘From Professor Nobu Kitagawa’s Notebooks On Effects of Lightning on the…

John Freeman

John Freeman won third prize in the National Poetry Competition 2012. He was born in Essex, grew up in South London and studied English at Cambridge. He lived in Yorkshire…

Pascale Petit

…both the T.S. Eliot Prize and Wales Book of the Year, and was a Book of the Year in The Observer. She was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2012….

David Swann

David Swann was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2003 and 2012. His book, The Privilege of Rain (Waterloo Press, 2010), was shortlisted for The Ted Hughes Award for New…

Linda Chase

…Manchester branch of the Poetry School. She was commended in the 2007 National Poetry Competition. Her last published collection was Not Many Love Poems (Carcanet, 2011). She died in 2011….

Ian Pindar

Ian Pindar won second prize in the National Poetry Competition 2009. His first collection of poetry, Emporium, was published in 2011 and his second, Constellations, in 2012, both from Carcanet….

Maitreyabandhu

Maitreyabandhu was born Ian Johnson in 1961, in Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire. He has won the Keats-Shelley Prize, the Basil Bunting Award, the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize, and the Ledbury Festival Poetry Competition….

Meredith Andrea

Meredith was a winner of the Poetry News Members’ Poems Competition on the theme of ‘Windows’, judged by Sue Hubbard. She was also a winner of the BBC Proms Poetry Competition

Olga Dermott-Bond

Olga won the 19+ category in the BBC Proms Poetry Competition 2019, and was a runner-up in the in the BBC Proms Poetry Competition 2018.

Mary Anne Clarke

…for both the Southbank Centre and the Poetry Society National Poetry Day Live 2014. Mary Ann Clark is a winner of Young Poets Network challenges including ‘Imagism’ and ‘Winter poems’….

Jemima Higgins

…be one of the 7 winners of SLAMbassadors this year. I’ve been writing poetry of dubious quality since I was 11 or 12. I do enjoy page poetry, but there’s…

Vuyelwa Carlin

…anthologies in the UK and abroad. She has published three poetry collections to date and has won prizes in both the Cardiff and National Poetry Competitions. Her poems ‘Lydia’ and…

D. Nurkse

…Collection in 2011. Nurkse is the recipient of a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim fellowship in poetry, two National Endowment for the Arts…

Kyriakos Charalambides

poetry. Three of them were awarded the First State Prize for Poetry (Cyprus). His book Tholos (Dome) was award the Athens Academy Prize (1989) and his collection Metahistory was awarded the Greek National

Will Harris

Poetry School. He co-edits 13 Pages and organises The Poetry Inquisition. He is an Assistant Editor at The Rialto and a fellow of The Complete Works III. Published in the…

Aisling Fahey

…and performed at the Royal Festival Hall, National Poetry Day Live – on the same bill as the poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy. Aisling’s poetry was included in a NATE…

Denise Riley

…the Poetry Society in response to the centenary of the First World War. The Pity commissions were premiered live at Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, on 2 October, National Poetry Day,…

James Tate

…the National Book Award. His Selected Poems, published 1991, won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry and the William Carlos Williams award. He was a professor of English at the University…

Franny Choi

Franny Choi is the author of Soft Science (Alice James Books, 2019) and Floating, Brilliant, Gone (Write Bloody, 2014). She has been a finalist for multiple national poetry slams, and…

Janet Lees

Janet Lees is a poet, artist and poetry filmmaker. Her poetry has been widely published in journals and anthologies, and her film poems selected for many international festivals and screenings….

Chris Beckett

…MPT and Poetry London, also in anthologies, including Sidekick’s latest Birdbook. He won the Poetry London competition in 2001 and his second collection, Ethiopia Boy, was published by Carcanet/Oxford Poets…

Lucy Thynne

…on prose poetry on Young Poets Network and a winner in the 2016 Behind the Curtain poetry challenge on Young Poets Network, in partnership with the V&A Museum. She is a…

Joan Michelson

…‘Self-Portrait With Secret’ was a winner of the Members’ Poems competition in the winter 2016 issue of The Poetry Society’s Poetry News. Originally from New England, Joan lives in London….

Dean Browne

Dean Browne​’s poems have appeared widely in magazines and journals including Banshee, Bath Magg, Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry and The Stinging Fly. His pamphlet Kitchens At Night was selected for…

Laura Foley

Laura Foley is the author of six poetry collections, including Joy Street, Syringa and Night Ringing. Her poem ‘Gratitude List’ won the Common Good Books poetry competition, judged by Garrison…

Anne-Marie Fyfe

…and Selected Poems, with a fifth collection, House of Small Absences, due out in April 2015. She also won the Academi Cardiff International Poetry Competition with her poem ‘Curaçao Dusk’….

Nicola Mayne

…and illustrates things for her patient children and husband. She was published in the Poetry Society’s Poetry News as a winner of the Members’ Poems Competition on the theme of ‘Gold’….

Yvonne Reddick

Yvonne Reddick’s pamphlet Translating Mountains won the 2017 Mslexia Pamphlet Competition and is published by Seren. She won a Northern Writer’s Award in 2016 and was a Hawthornden Fellow in 2017. Her book Ted…

Janet Lancaster

…Stanza Competition. Janet has an MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) from Manchester Metropolitan University. Her poems have appeared in various anthologies, including two published by OWF Press. Janet loves to…

Nat Norland

Nat is a winner in the 2016 Behind the Curtain poetry challenge on Young Poets Network, in partnership with the V&A Museum. Nat also won The Poetry Society’s inaugural Timothy…

Jeff Skinner

…Nest, Crowsfeet, Clear Poetry, Ground Poetry,  The Open Mouse –  and on a Guernsey bus. He was shortlisted in the 2015 Wells Poetry Competition. He reads with Exeter Poets Uncut….

Elizabeth Barton

…has always loved writing and enjoys taking part in seminar groups at the Poetry School, as well as activities with The Poetry Society Stanza Mole Valley Poets, for whom she…

Mario Petrucci

Mario Petrucci is the winner of the Bridport Prize, the London Writers Competition (four times) and a Poetry Book Society Recommendation for his debut collection Shrapnel and Sheets. He has…

Natalie Linh Bolderston

Natalie Linh Bolderston won the silver Creative Future Writers’ Award in 2018 and was a runner-up in the 2019 BBC Proms Poetry Competition. She was the first-prize winner in the…

Julie Lumsden

Julie Lumsden won The Poetry Society’s Stanza Poetry Competition in 2009 with ‘Fancy Man’ and her poems have also been published in Poetry News. Her pamphlet True Crime was published…

Richard Goodson

Richard Goodson is a poet, creative writing teacher and runs The Poetry Society’s Nottingham Stanza. He was winner of our 2008 Stanza Poetry Competition with ‘Daniel Craig: The Screensaver’, which was…

Mary King

…The Poetry Business and came second in Manchester Cathedral’s Poetry Competition judged by Jo Bell. She works with a poetry group, Keele Poets at Silverdale, lead by Caroline Hawkridge.  …

Gill Learner

…2001 she has won the Poetry Society’s Hamish Canham Prize in 2008 and the Buxton poetry competition (2011). Her first collection, The Agister’s Experiment, (2011) was published by Two Rivers…

Natalie Whittaker

…Southbank Poetry. In 2016 she was commended in the Brittle Star competition and the Plough Poetry Prize. She has also been shortlisted for the Frogmore Prize and the Bridport Prize….

Robin Houghton

Robin Houghton is published in many magazines including Agenda, Bare Fiction, Envoi, Poetry News, Prole and The Rialto, and in numerous anthologies. She won the Poetry Society’s Hamish Canham Prize…

Angela Platt

Angela Platt was The Poetry Society Stanza Rep for Newport and and had been a Poetry Society Member for many years. In summer 2019 Angela’s poem ‘Moonshine’ was published in…

Laura Scott

Laura Scott is the winner of The Geoffrey Dearmer Prize 2015, awarded by The Poetry Society and The Poetry Review. Her poems have been widely published in magazines including The…

Simon Armitage

…Shakespeare’s Globe in 2014. In 2015 he was appointed Professor of Poetry at Oxford University and in 2018 he was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry.  In May 2019…

Eleanor Hooker

…including: Poetry, PN Review, Poetry Ireland Review, Agenda, The Irish Times, POEM and Cyphers. In 2016 she was included as one of Poetry Ireland Review’s ‘Rising Generation’ of Irish poets….

Luljeta Lleshanaku

…selection of newer work. It is a Poetry Book Society Recommended Translation and is shortlisted for the Corneliu M Popescu Prize for poetry translated from a European language into English….

Helen Jagger

Helen Jagger’s poems have been published in the UK, US and Australia.  She runs The Poetry Society’s North Cornwall Stanza, many poetry workshops and has facilitated the Indian King Poets. She was poet…

Roger McGough

Roger McGough, poet, playwright, children’s writer and broadcaster, was awarded an OBE for services to poetry in 1997 and a CBE in 2004. He is the President of the Poetry

Ann Pelletier-Topping

…were published in Moor Poets’ fourth anthology. She belongs to a Poetry Seminar Group led by Greta Stoddart of the Poetry School. When she’s not writing, she teaches French in…

Michael Donaghy

…Collected Poems was published in 2009. Other projects included ‘Wallflowers’, a lecture on poetry published by the Poetry Society and a film, Habit, in collaboration with the director Miranda Pennel…

Yomi Ṣode

…he delivered the second annual Verve Poetry Performance Lecture. COAT, Yomi’s first one-man show, has toured nationally and he is currently working on his first poetry collection and second show….

Rishi Dastidar

…from it was included in The Forward Book of Poetry 2018. A member of Malika’s Poetry Kitchen, he is also chair of the London writer development organisation Spread The Word….

Valzhyna Mort

Valzhyna Mort, described by the Irish Times as “[a] risen star of the international poetry world”, was born in Minsk, Belarus. Her poetry collections include Factory of Tears and Collected…

W.N. Herbert

W.N. Herbert was born in Dundee, and educated at Brasenose College, Oxford, where he published his DPhil thesis (To Circumjack MacDiarmid, OUP, 1992). He has published seven volumes of poetry and…

Arvis Viguls

…the best debut and Poetry Days Prize as the best poetry book of the year. After his second critically acclaimed collection 5:00 (2012) he is now working on his third…

Clara Janés

…delicias,  ‘Ψ or the Garden of Delights’ (2014) won the León University Poetry Award. Louis Bourne’s translations of poems from this book appear in The Poetry Review, 108:2, Summer 2018….

David Borrott

David Borrott has an MA in Poetry from Manchester Metropolitan University. His poetry has been anthologised in Watermark, published by Flax, and in CAST: The Poetry Business Book of New…

Jan Wagner

Jan Wagner was born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1971. A poet and essayist, he has published six volumes of poetry, including Guerickes Sperling (2004), Achtzehn Pasteten (2007), Australien (2010)and his…

Jackie Kay

…and Darling. Her novel Trumpet won the Guardian Fiction Prize and her children’s poetry collection, Red, Cherry Red won the CLPE Poetry Award. She is Professor of Creative Writing at…

Gail McConnell

Gail McConnell is from Belfast. She is the author of two poetry pamphlets: Fothermather (Ink Sweat & Tears, 2019) and Fourteen (Green Bottle Press, 2018). Fothermather was shortlisted for the…

Sue Burge

…Britishness, endangered birds, WWI and the current pandemic. Sue’s four poetry collections are: In the Kingdom of Shadows (Live Canon 2018), Lumière (Hedgehog Poetry Press 2018), The Saltwater Diaries (Hedgehog…

Susan Utting

…TLS, The Independent, Forward Book of Poetry, The Poetry Review and Poems on the Underground. Following Striptease (Smith/Doorstop) and Houses Without Walls (Two Rivers Press), Fair’s Fair (also TRP) is…

Mimi Khalvati

…the UK and Iran. She has published eight collections of poetry with Carcanet Press, including The Meanest Flower, a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, a Financial Times Book of the Year,…

Ahren Warner

…in 2012. Ahren’s second collection, Pretty, published in June 2013, was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. He is poetry editor of Poetry London. Ahren was a Commended Foyle Young Poet…

David Morley

…The Invisible Kings and Scientific Papers. David is known for poetry installations within natural landscapes: ‘slow poetry’ sculptures and I-Cast poetry films. His podcasts are among the most popular creative…

Karen McCarthy Woolf

Poetry Review and Modern Poetry in Translation among others. An Aviary of Small Birds, her debut poetry collection published in 2014 by OxfordPoets, is an elegy to her stillborn son….

Eva Salzman

Eva Salzman is the author of four collections of poetry, all of which have been Poetry Book Society Recommendations or Special Commendations. The latest is Double Crossing: New and Selected…

Hannah Brockbank

…in The Poetry Shed, A Restricted View from Under the Hedge, and British Life in Poetry. Her first pamphlet, Bloodlines was published by Indigo Dreams Publishing (2017). She is currently…

Sheenagh Pugh

…and 1997) and the Cardiff International Poetry Prize (1984 and 1988). Other accolades include the Forward Prize for best individual poem in 1997, the Wales Book of the Year Award…

Anna Szabó

…Yeats, and Updike. She published her first volume of poetry when she was twenty-three, winning the Petofi Prize for promising young poets. Her poetry has since won every major Hungarian…

Charlotte Hughes

Charlotte is the first-prize winner of the 2021 poetry translation challenge with Modern Poetry in Translation, judged by Clare Pollard, and commended in the 2020 poetry translation challenge. She is…

Shane McCrae

…the Month, both published by Corsair. His poems have appeared in the Best American Poetry series, Poetry, The American Poetry Review, Gulf Coast, and other anthologies and journals, and his…

Pauline Stainer

Pauline Stainer was commissioned by the Churches Conservation Trust and the Poetry Society to write a celebratory poem to mark the CCT’s 40th anniversary in 2008. She is an acclaimed…

Jess Green

…tour. The theatre adaptation of Burning Books was longlisted for the Bread & Roses Theatre Award and toured nationally including to NUT National Conference. Her second show, A Self Help…

Catherine Labiran

…performed as a part of National Poetry Day Live at the Royal Festival Hal in 2011  alongside poets such as Simon Armitage, Jo Shapcott and Jackie Kay. She was also…

Jill Munro

Jill Munro has been widely published in poetry magazines and long-listed three times for the National Poetry Competition. Her first collection Man from La Paz was published in 2015 by…

Jon Dressel

…in St. Louis, Missouri. He has won prizes in major poetry competitions in both the USA and Britain such as the British National Competition 1989 and Cardiff International Competition, 1990….

Clive Eastwood

Clive Eastwood is Stanza rep for the Kent & Sussex Poetry Society Stanza. He has one full collection, Fly In Red Wine which was published by the National Poetry Foundation….

Inua Ellams

…of poetry: Candy Coated Unicorns and Converse All Stars, Thirteen Fairy Negro Tales, The Wire-Headed Heathen and #Afterhours, shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry. His latest…

Will Kemp

…environmental impacts of major developments. Will has been highly placed in several national competitions, and won the Keats-Shelley Prize, Cinnamon Press Poetry Collection Award and Envoi International Poetry Prize. His…

Ella Frears

…Arts Foundation Fellowship in Poetry. She’s completed residencies for the National Trust, Tate Britain, K6 Gallery and Royal Holloway University. Her collaborative installation The Six Pillars of Modernism, was exhibited at Tate St.Ives….

Adham Smart

…2010) and The Salt Book of Younger Poets (Salt, 2011). Adham was a Young Producer for both the Southbank Centre and the Poetry Society National Poetry Day Live 2014.  …

Gillian Clarke

…She has taught creative writing to students of all ages and her poetry is studied by GCSE and A Level students throughout Britain. She has travelled in Europe and the…

Hagiwara Sakutarō

…pursuing a PhD in comparative literature. A National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, he translates contemporary South Korean poetry by women, alongside early twentieth century works from Korean and Japanese….

Matthew Caley

…and 2nd) in separate National Poetry Competitions. His second full-length collection, The Scene of My Former Triumph (Wrecking Ball Press, 2005), was followed by a third, Apparently (2010), from Bloodaxe…

F.J. Williams

…held a NATE teaching fellowship at the University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. He also lectured in English at University College Chester. He has won prizes in national competitions for his…

Sharon Olds

Sharon Olds (born November 19, 1942) is an American poet. Olds has been the recipient of many awards including the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, the 1984 National Book Critics…

Alfred Corn

…from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, the Academy of American Poets, and the Levinson Prize from Poetry magazine….

Julian May

…and has worked as a BBC radio producer for 25 years. He was responsible for Radio 4’s contribution to National Poetry Day for many years, a founder-producer of Radio 3’s…

Kim Moore

…Wolves was a winner in The Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition. It was also chosen as an Independent Book of the Year in 2012 and was shortlisted for the Michael Marks…

Hilary Jupp

…in community psychiatry was in Plymouth, she is now living in a city for the first time in her life. Her winning poem in the Poetry News Members’ Competition went…