Jack Cooper

…winner in the nonsense poetry challenge, in partnership with Little Angel Theatre, London. Jack is commended in the Bletchley Park challenge, judged by So Mayer; commended in the moon poetry

Richard Westcott

and his poems have appeared in various places including the Mary Evans Poetry Blog, Lighten Up Online, the Pitt Rivers Museum and the Ledbury Festival site. He blogs at www.richardwestcottspoetry.com…

Roger Robinson

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

Sugar J

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

Helen Overell

…magazines including Scintilla, Other Poetry, The Interpreter’s House and in Poetry News as well as in anthologies including The Poet’s Quest for God: 21st Century Poems of Faith, Doubt and…

John Whitworth

John Whitworth’s poetry has been featured in The Poetry Review since 1982, the most recent being ‘Religion and Poetry’ in the Winter 2008 issue….

Colette Sensier

…Best British Poetry 2011, The Salt Book of Younger Poets and Eyewear Publishing’s Lung Jazz: Young British Poets for Oxfam, among others. Colette was runner-up in the inaugural Melita Hume…

Sarah Westcott

Sarah Westcott’s collection Slant Light is published by Pavilion Poetry. Her poems have appeared in magazines including The Poetry Review and Magma, and on beermats, billboards and the side of buses. Recent awards…

Toon Tellegen

…wife, and worked as a GP until his recent retirement. In 2011, his collection Raptors, translated into English by Judith Wilkinson, won The Poetry Society’s Popescu Prize for European Poetry in Translation….

Eleni Cay

poetic combinations, featured on Button Poetry and Moving Poems. Eleni has been invited to read her poetry at the Harvard University, International Ars Poetica Festival, Frankfurt Book Fair, Villa Trebitsch…

Theophilus Kwek

in 2016. He served as President of the Oxford University Poetry Society, and is currently Editor of Oxford Poetry and Chief Executive Assistant at Asymptote, an international journal of translation….

Amelia Doherty

…#1, themed around edgelands, and a winner in the Great Fire poetry challenge. She is additionally a commended poet in the Greys Court Palimpsest Poetry Challenge, and the Riddle Me This Poetry Challenge….

Charles Sorley

Charles Hamilton Sorley was killed in action in October 1915 and his poetry was published posthumously in 1916. Some of his poetry was published in The Poetry Review in 1916,…

Lydia Wei

Lydia is the first-prize winner in the tree poetry challenge on Young Poets Network, as well as the first-prize winner in the Thinking Outside the Penalty Box challenge and the…

Nadia Lines

Nadia is the first-prize winner in the 11-15 age category in the Turn Up the Volume challenge on Young Poets Network, and the first-prize winner in the 2019 poetry translation challenge…

Joanna Guthrie

…second collection Water Person Kit. Her poems have been published in The Poetry Review, Butcher’s Dog, Magma, Poetry Ireland, Poetry Ireland Review and Rialto. Her prose has appeared The Guardian….

Clare Best

…and in the USA and Canada. Other poetry publications include Treasure Ground, Breastless and CELL. Springlines, a collaboration with the painter Mary Anne Aytoun-Ellis, exploring hidden and mysterious bodies of…

Maggie Butt

Maggie Butt has published five poetry collections and a novel. She’s an ex-journalist and BBC TV producer who’s taught creative writing at Middlesex University for 26 years and is now…

Catherine Smith

of the ‘Next Generation Poets’ in 2004. Her first full poetry collection, The Butcher’s Hands, was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and her latest collection, Otherwhere, was published in 2012….

Andrew Motion

Professor Andrew Motion was born in London on 26 October 1952, and read English at University College, Oxford. An acclaimed poet (and champion of poetry), critic, biographer and lecturer, Andrew…

Hugo Williams

…a regular contributor to the ‘Freelance’ column in The Times Literary Supplement and is poetry editor for The Spectator. He was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2004….

Rachael Allen

Rachael Allen was born in 1989 in Cornwall. Her poetry has appeared in The Best British Poetry 2013 (Salt), Poetry London, The Sunday Times, The White Review online, Stop Sharpening…

Suzanne Batty

Suzanne has been writing poetry for a number of years, and lectures in creative writing at Sheffield Hallam University. Her first poetry collection, The Barking Thing, was published by Bloodaxe…

Julie Corbett

…and has received commissions for poetry performances at Humbermouth Literature Festival and the BBC’s Contains Strong Language. Her poems have been published in several poetry magazines and anthologies and Julie was…

Carl Griffin

recently longlisted for the Cinnamon Poetry Pamphlet Prize and the Melita Hume Prize, and also commended in the Geoff Stevens Memorial Poetry Prize. He has reviewed for Wales Arts Review….

Chloe Stopa-Hunt

and Poetry Review. Chloe is currently the poetry reviews editor at Cadaverine magazine and a senior editor at The Oxonian Review. Chloe was a Foyle Young Poet of the Year…

John Burnside

John Burnside was born in 1955 and is the author of eleven collections of poetry and five works of fiction. Burnside has achieved wide critical acclaim, winning the Whitbread Poetry

Peter Thabit Jones

…to Poetry, the Shabdaguchha Poetry Award 2017 and the 2017 Homer: European Medal for Art and Poetry. He is the author of libretti and plays, and also writes for children….

Naomi Foyle

As an editor for Waterloo Press, Survivors Poetry (London) and Lagan Press (Belfast), Naomi Foyle has edited ten full-length poetry collections, including The Privilege of Rain by David Swann (Waterloo…

Patrick Cotter

…Spires Press 2009). No One Knows, a bilingual selection, was published in Macedonia in 2014. His work has been published in London Review of Books, Poetry, PN Review and elsewhere,…

Kathryn Simmonds

Poetry Award and longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award.  In 2013 she became the first Poet-in-Residence at The Charles Causley Trust and published her second poetry collection, The Visitations…

Patience Agbabi

…as one of the Poetry Book Society’s ‘Next Generation’ poets. In 2010 she was appointed Canterbury Poet Laureate. Her poem ‘The Doll’s House’ was featured in the Spring 2013 issue…

Sophie Stephenson-Wright

in Macmillan Poetry’s A First Poetry Book  in 2012. Sophie was a Foyle Young Poet of the Year in 2008 and was Commended in the Christopher Tower Poetry Prize in 2009….

Susan Wicks

Poet and novelist Susan Wicks was born in Kent, England, in 1947. She is the author of several collections of poetry including Singing Underwater (1992), which won the Aldeburgh Poetry

Christopher North

Oversteps Books). Wolves Recently Sighted  was a winner in the 2014 Templar Pamphlet & Collection Awards. He facilitates poetry retreats at the Almassera Vella in Relleu, Alicante and chairs Stanza Alacant for The Poetry Society….

Chris Bridge

…has been published in several magazines including Tribune, Scrip, Poetry Nottingham, Pennine Platform and Other Poetry. He was commended in the international Hippocrates Prize 2013. He lives in North Yorkshire….

Ros Barber

…(Anvil, 2008) a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Her poems have appeared in numerous publications and anthologies, including Faber’s Poems of the Decade (2012) and Penguin’s The Poetry of Sex (2014)….

Amy Key

Amy Key’s poems have appeared in The Poetry Review, Poetry Wales and Poetry magazine. Her debut collection Luxe was published by Salt in 2013. She is the editor of Best…

Rebecca Perry

Rebecca Perry’s pamphlet, little armoured (Seren, 2012), won the Poetry Wales Purple Moose prize and was a Poetry Book Society Choice. Her first full collection, Beauty/Beauty (Bloodaxe, 2015), was a…

Liane Strauss

…Press, 2009). Her poems have appeared in a variety of journals in the US and the UK, including Poetry, The Hudson Review, The Georgia Review, The Poetry Review, The Iowa…

Antony Owen

and Dutch. CND Peace Education (UK) selected Owen as one of their first national patrons in 2015, and his poems feature in a national CND peace education resource to schools….

Mary Ruefle

…Honey: Collected Lectures (Wave Books, 2012), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism, and Selected Poems (Wave Books, 2010), winner of the William Carlos Williams Award…

Kim Addonizio

Kim Addonizio was born on 31 July 1954 in Bethesda, Maryland. She has received two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, as well as the 2005 Guggenheim Fellowship. She was…

Group Portrait at the Stopover

The National (UAE) reported that the Philippines’ top export is “its people”. The Guardian (UK) reported that the Philippines provides the third highest number of National Health Service staff overall….

Martin Reed

Martin Reed won the 1988 National Poetry Competition with his poem ‘The Widow’s Dream’….

Medbh McGuckian

Medbh McGuckian is a poet from Northern Ireland whose poem ‘The Flitting’ won first prize in the 1979 National Poetry Competition. Her first published poems appeared in two pamphlets published…

John Daniel

John Daniel is a poet and artist. He was commended in the 2006 National Poetry Competition. His collection, Skinning the Bull, was published by Oversteps in 2012….

Robert Stein

Robert Stein was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2012.

Stuart Pickford

…Forward Best First Collection prize. He lives in Harrogate and teaches in a local comprehensive. He was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2012 for his poem ‘Swimming with Jellyfish’….

Patricia Bishop

…and anthologies and her work has been read on Radio 4 and various local radio stations. In 1994, she was the joint second prize winner for the National Poetry Competition….

Peter Wallis

the author of Articles of Twinship (Bare Fiction, 2016), the Submissions Editor of the UK charity Poems in the Waiting Room, and was shortlisted in the National Poetry Competition 2016….

Frances Wilson

Frances Wilson was awarded 2nd Prize in the 1990 National Poetry Competition.

Edward Barker

…pamphlet (The Like of It) in 2005.  Since 2010 his poems have won several awards and commendations. His poem, ‘The Mother Dough’, was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2012. …

Ruth Valentine

Ruth Valentine was commended in the 2007 National Poetry Competition. Her latest collection is On the Saltmarsh (Smokestack, 2012)….

Rosemary Norman

Rosemary Norman won 2nd prize in the 2007 National Poetry Competition with her poem ‘The Hairdresser from Beirut’. She has published two full collections; Threats & Promises (Iron Press, 1991)…

Stephen Watts

Stephen Watts was born in London in 1952. He was a Hawthornden Fellow in 1993 and was twice awarded second prize in the UK National Poetry Competition. His latest work,…

Patricia McCarthy

Patricia McCarthy is the winner of the National Poetry Competition 2012. She was born in Cornwall, and brought up mainly in Ireland. After studying at Trinity College, Dublin, she lived…

Patricia Pogson

Patricia Pogson won 2nd Prize in the 1989 National Poetry Competition

Danica Ognjenovic

Danica Ognjenovic, commended in the National Poetry Competition 2013, grew up in West London, close to the Thames, and spent many childhood days walking along the river towpath. She attended…

David Briggs

David Briggs is a poet and teacher. He received an Eric Gregory Award in 2002 and was commended in the 2007 National Poetry Competition. His first collection, The Method Men,…

Kevin Saving

Kevin Saving was placed third in the National Poetry Competition 2005. He has worked in the care industry and remains a registered but non practising psychiatric nurse. He self published…

Frank Ortega

Frank Ortega was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2009. He has had work published by The Madison Review, Colorado Review, Ferro-Botanica, Seneca Review, Z Miscellaneous, Downtown, Amicus Journal, Paragraph…

Harriet Torr

Harriet Torr was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2008. My Father’s Pot and Other Poems was published by Koo Press in 2009….

Nick Rice

Nick Rice won the 1990 National Poetry Competition with his poem ‘Room Service’….

Cherry Smyth

Cherry Smyth was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2009. She has published three collections: When the Lights Go Up (2001), One Wanted Thing (2006) and Test, Orange (2012). Her…

Julie Collar

Julie Collar was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2009. She obtained an MA with Distinction in Creative Writing from the University of Bath Spa in 2009. Two of her…

David Thorley

David Thorley was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2010. He is a freelance writer and journalist as well as a PhD student researching autobiographical writing about illness in the…

John Levett

John Levett was joint winner of the 1991 National Poetry Competition with his poem ‘A Shrunken Head’. His latest collection is The Nick of Time published by Shoestring Press in…

Rhian Gallagher

Rhian Gallagher was placed third in the 2001 National Poetry Competition with her poem ‘Embrace’….

Sam Riviere

Sam Riviere was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2009. He studied at the Norwich School of Art and Design, and holds a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing from…

Ann Gray

Ann Gray was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2010. Her most recent collection is At The Gate (2008). Previous collections include The Man I Was Promised (2004). She has…

Neil Lockwood

Neil Lockwood was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2009. He is in his sixties and semi-retired. His career has been in NHS management, and he is now Chairman of…

Copland Smith

Copland Smith is a Manchester based poet, musician and playwright. He has been commended three times in the National Poetry Competition.

Lindy Barbour

Lindy Barbour was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2011. Born in Kirkwall, she read English at Oxford, and teaches Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of Edinburgh. She has…

Vicki Feaver

…and Costa Prizes. The Handless Maiden was reissued in 2009. She lives in South Lanarkshire, Scotland, with her husband and dog. She was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2010….

Sam Gardiner

Sam Gardiner (1936-2016) won the 1993 National Poetry Competition with his poem ‘Protestant Windows’. The collection Protestant Windows appeared in 2000, followed by The Picture Never Taken (2004), The Night…

Clive McWilliam

Clive McWilliam won third prize in the National Poetry Competition 2008.

Tom Warner

Tom Warner, commended in the National Poetry Competition 2013, was born in Mansfield. He has received an Eric Gregory Award, a Faber New Poets Award, the Escalator Prize and the…

Mary Courtney

Mary Courtney was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2008.

Antony Dunn

Antony Dunn, commended in the National Poetry Competition 2011, has published three collections of poems, Pilots and Navigators (Oxford University Press, 1998), Flying Fish (Carcanet OxfordPoets, 2002) and Bugs (Carcanet…

Pauline Keith

Pauline Keith is a Lancaster based poet who received a commendation in the 2007 National Poetry Competition for her poem ‘Missing’….

Kate Newmann

Kate Newmann was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2008. Her latest collection is I am a Horse (Arlen House, 2011)….

Christopher Southgate

Christopher Southgate lives in Devon and is a Senior Lecturer in Theology at the University of Exeter. He was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2008. His latest collection is…

Helen Oswald

Helen Oswald was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2008. Learning Gravity (tall lighthouse, 2010) is her debut collection….

Ann Drysdale

Ann Drysdale received second prize in the 2001 National Poetry Competition with her poem ‘New Fruit’. Her collections include Backwork (Peterloo Poets, 2002) and Quaintness and Other Offences (Cinnamon, 2009)….

Liz Berry

Liz Berry was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2011. Born in the Black Country, she received an Eric Gregory Award in 2009 and her pamphlet, The Patron Saint of…

Charlie Druce

Charlie Druce was commended in the 2006 National Poetry Competition.

Frank Dux

Frank Dux was commended in the 2007 National Poetry Competition for his poem ‘Coming Down to Drink’….

Laura Seymour

Herb Robert grew out of the 2009 Flarestack Press pamphlet competition. Laura was shortlisted in this competition, and then invited to submit a new collection to the editors, Meredith Andrea…

Madeleine Wynne

Madeleine Wynne was one of the runners up in the BBC Proms Poetry Competition in 2014. The poem was inspired by ‘Sea Slumber’ from Elgar’s Sea Pictures. As we help…

Katie Kirkpatrick

…Hughes Young Poets Award 2016 and a Specially Commended poet in the Young Fenland Poet Laureate competition 2016. She won the 12-18 category of the BBC Proms Poetry Competition 2019….

Ian McMillan

…Pick of the Week, You & Yours, Last Word and The Arts Show. He’s been a castaway on Desert Island Discs. Previously he was resident poet for English National Opera,…

Isabel White

Isabel was one of the runners-up in the BBC Proms Poetry Competition 2017….

Jake Talbot

Jake is the overall winner of the Agincourt 600 Poetry Competition in the primary category.

Gilda Hanson

Gilda is a commended poet in the primary category of the Agincourt 600 Poetry Competition.

Monica Selzer

Monica is a commended poet in the primary category of the Agincourt 600 Poetry Competition.

Charlie Lambert

Charlie is a commended poet in the primary category of the Agincourt 600 Poetry Competition.

Joyce Chen

Joyce Chen is one of two runners-up in the 12-18 category of the BBC Proms Poetry Competition 2019.

Angus McCormick

Angus is a runner-up in the BBC Proms Poetry Competition 2015.