Phoebe Stuckes

…and a Barbican Young Poet, she has performed at London’s Southbank Centre and Waterstones Trafalgar Square, and at Wenlock Poetry Festival. She was the Ledbury Festival young poet in residence…

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….

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…

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….

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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

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….

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…

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….

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…

Thomas McCarthy

Thomas McCarthy was born in County Waterford, Ireland, and is the author of eight poetry collections. Pandemonium (Carcanet, 2016) was shortlisted for the Irish Times/Poetry Now Award. His most recent,…

Sheila Schofield

Sheila Schofield wrote for and edited numerous publications throughout her career in the charity sector. She started writing poetry about 20 years ago and has contributed to several anthologies. She…

Adele Geras

Adele Geras is an award-winning writer for young children and adults. Her prizes for poetry include the HH Wingate Jewish Quarterly Poetry Award and the Smith/Doorstop Poetry Pamphlet Award jointly…

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…

Alan Brownjohn

…he served on the Arts Council Literature Panel, was the Chairman of the Poetry Society from 1982-1988 and has collaborated in three teaching anthologies for secondary schools. His poetry has…

Julian Stannard

…for both the Pushcart Prize for Poetry (USA) and a Forward Prize (UK). He writes for The Poetry Review, the Guardian, TLS, PN Review, Poetry London,  and Nuova Corrente (Italy)….

Con Connell

Con Connell coordinates the Southampton Stanza of The Poetry Society. He is BBC award-winning, and erstwhile poet-in-residence at Southampton FC. He has co-edited three poetry collections, and his work has…

Mir Mahfuz Ali

…readings and performances at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and other theatres in Britain and beyond. His poems have appeared in The Poetry Review, London Magazine, Poetry London, Ambit…

Eric Berlin

…Contemporary Art Space, he returned to poetry, winning The Ledge 2014 Poetry Prize and receiving a fellowship from Vermont Studio Center, where he began a book on the rhythm of…

Jean Sprackland

…and is Education Director for the Poetry Archive. Jean was the original manager of the Poetryclass inset scheme, which supports teachers in overcoming the challenges they face when teaching poetry….

John Glenday

Poetry Book Society Recommendation and was shortlisted for both the Ted Hughes Award and the Griffin Poetry Prize. His most recent collection, The Golden Mean was published by Picador in September…

Robert Crawford

…Recommendations and Full Volume was shortlisted for the 2008 T.S. Eliot Prize. In 2011 he was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry. His latest poetry

Anne Stewart

…is a part-time administrator for Second Light, a network of women poets, was President of the Shortlands Poetry Circle, and continues as Poetry Society Stanza rep for Kent North West….

Tamar Yoseloff

…2011). Formerly combines a new sonnet sequence with photographs by Vici MacDonald, exhibited at the Poetry Café and the Poetry Library. It was also published as a chapbook by Hercules…

Momtaza Mehri

Momtaza Mehri is a poet and essayist. Her work has been featured in Vogue, Poetry London, BBC Radio 4, Buzzfeed, Poetry Society of America and Real Life Mag. She is a Complete Works…

Tishani Doshi

…US, and worked in London before returning to India to work with the choreographer Chandralekha, with whom she performed on many international stages. She received an Eric Gregory Award for…

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…

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…

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….

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….

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…

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…

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,…

Mona Arshi

…Hands (Pavilion Poetry, Liverpool University Press 2015), won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection in 2015. Her second collection Dear Big Gods was published by Pavilion Poetry in 2019….

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….

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….

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…

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….

Helen Jayne Gunn

Helen’s poems have been published by Mslexia, Leaf Books, Shoestring Press, Soundswrite Press and other poetry publications.  She started reading and writing poetry when she got a job in a…

Sarah Barr

Sarah Barr lives in Dorset and has recently set up a new Poetry Society Stanza group in Wimborne which she hopes local poets will enjoy coming to. She writes poetry

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….

Fiyinfoluwa Timothy Oladipo

Fiyinfoluwa Timothy Oladipo is a commended Foyle Young Poet in 2018, and appears on a Poetry Society podcast with fellow Foyle Young Poet Em Power and three Chicago Youth Poet…

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…

James Giddings

…a Northern Writers award. His debut pamphlet Everything is Scripted won Templar Poetry’s Book and Pamphlet Award in 2016 and was shortlisted for a Saboteur Award for Best Poetry Pamphlet….

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….

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….

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…

Frank Dux

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

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…

Rhian Gallagher

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

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…

Copland Smith

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

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….

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)….

Pauline Keith

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

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…

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.

Robert Stein

Robert Stein was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2012.

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…

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….

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…

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’….

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)…

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)….

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…

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…

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…

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….

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…

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…

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…

Martin Reed

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

Patricia Pogson

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

Frances Wilson

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

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…

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…

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….

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….

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,…

Kate Newmann

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

Mary Courtney

Mary Courtney was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2008.

Nick Rice

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

Clive McWilliam

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

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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….