Keith Jarrett

…and Girls. He has written poetry in both English and Spanish. He’s a former London and UK Poetry Slam! Champion and his collection Selah was published by Burning Eye Books….

Marianne Boruch

Marianne Boruch’s poem ‘First’ was featured in the Winter 2011 issue of The Poetry Review. She is the author of seven collections of poetry, including, most recently, The Book of…

Declan Ryan

Declan Ryan’s poem, ‘From Alun Lewis’ was featured in the Autumn 2012 issue of The Poetry Review. His poems and reviews have also been published in Poetry London, The Rialto,…

Hannah Hodgson

…in the 2016 Behind the Curtain poetry challenge, in partnership with the V&A Museum, and the winner of the 2016 Even It Up Poetry Challenge in the 15-18 age category….

Tolu Ogunlesi

…NEXT, a daily newspaper. His poem, ‘(at)TEXT’ was featured in the Winter 2012 issue of The Poetry Review. His poetry has also appeared in Wasafiri, London Magazine, Sable and Magma….

Carol Rumens

Carol Rumens is a poet, playwright and novelist. Her poetry collections include Hex (Bloodaxe, 2002),Blind Spots (Seren, 2008) and De Chirico’s Threads(Seren, 2010). Her next collection, Animal People, is due…

Ella Standage

…Timothy Corsellis Prize 2019; of Ankita Saxena’s protest poetry challenge, remembering 100 years of the women’s vote in the UK; and of the Riddle Me This challenge. Ella is also…

Jericho Shandy

…it says to Alan Bennett, Poetry? But that’s found far from outskirts such as these! Remembering that Bennett lived near Troy, by Horsforth Station, he thinks of Irwin, Hector’s foe,…

Abdullah Alselami

Abdullah Alselami was a winner of the SLAMbassadors UK national youth slam in 2014, judged by Kate Tempest….

Tommy Sissons

Tommy Sissons was a winner of the SLAMbassadors UK national youth slam in 2014, judged by Kate Tempest. He has toured nationwide, produced his own one-man show, released an EP…

Pass, Passport, Passaporto, etc.

…into my luggage. I have no previous convictions there is nothing to go on, but perhaps that is a mystery? The body is not national, it passes easily into dreams…

Liz Lochhead

Liz Lochhead is a Scottish poet, playwright, translator and broadcaster. She was the Makar (the National Poet of Scotland) between 2011 and 2016.

Damayanti Chatterjee

Damayanti Chatterjee was a commended poet in the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2015, and a winner of the SLAMbassadors national youth slam in 2015, judged by Anthony…

Abi Cook

Abi Cook was a winner of the SLAMbassadors UK national youth slam in 2015, judged by Anthony Anaxagorou.

Issy Prior-Stevens

Issy Prior-Stevens was a winner of the SLAMbassadors UK national youth slam in 2015, judged by Anthony Anaxagorou.

Ruth Awolola

Ruth Awolola was a winner of the SLAMbassadors UK national youth slam in 2015, judged by Anthony Anaxagorou.

Rupert Brooke

…a national symbol of the tragic wartime loss of a promising generation. Brooke’s most famous collection of poetry, 1914 & Other Poems, contained all five of his war sonnets, including…

Minutaie

The National Geographic cover of the woman with green eyes, or the storybook wallpaper in the first floor bathroom, the waxy crayons in the boiler room and the rusted key…

Georgie Smith

Georgie Smith was a winner of the SLAMbassadors UK national youth slam in 2015, judged by Anthony Anaxagorou.

Damilare Haastrup

Damilare Haastrup was a winner of the SLAMbassadors UK national youth slam in 2015, judged by Anthony Anaxagorou.

Jay Hulme

Jay Hulme was a winner of the SLAMbassadors UK national youth slam in 2015, judged by Anthony Anaxagorou.

Honey Birch

Honey is the winner of the Cold Fire Award 2017, as part of the SLAMbassadors National Championships. The Cold Fire Award was set up in 2016 in memory of Thomas Crosbie…

The Rûm District

…hotel set’s picture seems made of tesserae rather than pixels, and its only channel National Geographic commending whatever is begotten, born and torn to pieces. I plunder the mini-bar, then…

Peter Gizzi

…2001, he has been a professor in the MFA Program for Poets & Writers at The University of Massachusetts Amherst. For several years, he was poetry editor of The Nation;…

Mara Adamitz Scrupe

…installation, and social practice, for which she has won several awards and fellowships. Her work has been shortlisted or named finalist for several national and international literary awards in 2015….

Katie Walters

Katie Walters was a winner of the SLAMbassadors UK national youth slam in 2014, judged by Kate Tempest….

Oliver Comins

…west London. His publications include three Templar Poetry pamphlets, the most recent of which, Battling Against the Odds (2016), led to his appointment as National Golf Month Poet for 2017….

Elaine Feeney

…in 2007. Feeney’s work has been translated into over a dozen languages and is widely published. In 2016, Liz Roche Company commissioned Feeney to write for a national production to…

Ollie O’Neill

Ollie O’Neill is a young poet based in London. In 2013 she won SLAMbassadors, the UK’s national youth slam championship, and she has since gone on to read at venues…

Kankrebihar

Up from the plains where piles of morning rubbish slide into the street, daily detritus of commerce, and labourers wait, desperate for work. Up, up past the national park, past…

Evaporations

…and from their meaty backs A million crackling things Burst into flight which was either water Or the hour itself ascending.     Find more information about National Poetry Day….

Chris Preddie OBE

Chris stormed to first place in the Rise Slam championship (now SLAMbassadors UK) in 2006 and quickly became an established part of the national team, touring with SLAMbassadors UK several…

Sadia Ahmed

Sadia Ahmed was a winner of the SLAMbassadors UK national youth slam in 2014, judged by Kate Tempest….

NAGA MC

…back and won the SLAMbassadors national championship again in 2009. Since then he has gone on to work on a wide range of spoken word and musical projects, including touring internationally…

Ishion Hutchinson

…Commons (Faber), was awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award 2016. Other honours include the Rome Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers Award and the Larry Levis Prize from…

Saoirse Lennon

Saoirse Lennon was a winner of the SLAMbassadors UK national youth slam in 2014, judged by Kate Tempest….

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,…

Jemima Higgins

Jemima Higgins was a winner of the SLAMbassadors UK national youth slam in 2014, judged by Kate Tempest….

Ibukun Badmus

Ibukun Badmus was a winner of the SLAMbassadors UK national youth slam in 2014, judged by Kate Tempest….

Mrs Beltinska in the Bath

…floods   and the National Theatre floods and the Kampa Modern Art Museum floods, Mrs Beltinska sinks her treasures in the suds.   The first Czech bible (1488) is drowned…

Barirah Ashfak

Barirah is a commended poet in the secondary category of the Agincourt 600 Poetry Competition….

Freya Upton

Freya is a commended poet in the secondary category of the Agincourt 600 Poetry Competition….

April Egan

April is the overall winner of the Agincourt 600 Poetry Competition in the secondary category….

Gilda Hanson

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

Angus McCormick

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

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.

George Evans

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

Roahn Mohindru

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

Michael Swan

Michael Swan was the winner of the Stanza Poetry Competition 2010.

Renée Orleans-Lindsay

Renée was a runner-up in the 12-18 category in the BBC Proms Poetry Competition 2019.

N.J. Hynes

…Department of Emotional Projections (2014) won the inaugural Live Canon first collection competition. She has a background in anthropology, journalism, art criticism and publishing, and lives and works in London. …

Howard Laughton

…in Creative Writing at the University of Kent. In 2014 he was published in Butcher’s Dog, and, way back when, he won the best £100 ever for another competition poem….

Then in the twentieth century

…Basil Spence won the competition to build the new Coventry Cathedral, I was born by the sea then lived in cities, Matisse in his old age made cut-outs. One afternoon…

Sam Williams

Sam is a commended poet in the secondary category of the Agincourt 600 Poetry Competition….

Katherine Spencer-Davies

Katherine Spencer-Davies was a runner-up in the BBC Proms Poetry Competition 2016, 12-18 category.

John Gohorry

…sequence Thirty Three Ostrich Cadenzas appeared from Shoestring in 2017. His poem ‘Lost’ won the 2008 Keats/Shelley Memorial Association Poetry Competition. He is poet-in-residence at David’s Bookshop, Letchworth Garden City….

Rachel Burns

Rachel was a runner-up in the 19+ category in the BBC Proms Poetry Competition 2019.

Jason Khan

Jason Khan was a runner-up in the BBC Proms Poetry Competition 2016, 12-18 category….

John Scrivens

John Scrivens was commended in the BBC Proms Poetry Competition adult category in 2016.

Nirvana Yarger

Nirvana is a commended poet in the 2016 Young Poets Network August Challenge #1. She is also commended in the secondary category of the Agincourt 600 Poetry Competition on Young Poets Network….

Colette Spaul

Colette is a commended poet in the secondary category of the Agincourt 600 Poetry Competition. Colette is also a winner of the Christina Broom & the Suffragettes writing challenge.  …

Caroline Smith

…journals, she has twice won prizes in the Troubadour Poetry Competition. Smith has had work set to music, broadcast on the BBC and is also the author of a musical…

Margaret Black

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

Rachel Curzon

Rachel Curzon was the winner in the over 19 category in the BBC Proms Poetry Competition 2018.

Miranda Peake

…won the Mslexia Poetry Competition. She works at the Royal Academy of Dance where she is Programme Manager for Step into Dance, a community dance programme for schools in London….

Rhiannon Williams

Rhiannon is a winner in our Christina Broom and the Suffragettes writing challenge and in the BBC Proms Poetry Competition 2015….

David Van-Cauter

…commended in the Stanza competition. He is a personal tutor and editor. He loves board games, music, cats and being spontaneous. He was MC for North Herts at the Stanza…

Jamie Seymour

Jamie is a runner-up of the mini competition Become a Literary Translator, run in collaboration with the British Council….

Nirankar Phull

Nirankar is a runner-up in the mini competition Become a Literary Translator, run in collaboration with the British Council….

Sarah Barnsley

Sarah Barnsley was joint runner-up in the Poetry School/Pighog Pamphlet Competition (2014). Her pamphlet, The Fire Station, appeared from Telltale Press in 2015. She has also published a selection of…

K.V. Skene

K.V. Skene is a Canadian poet whose work has been widely published. A winner of the erbacce prize for poetry 2018, her collection Unoriginal Sins was published recently by erbacce-press….

Games Mistress

…’em ups like Unreal Tournament and Quake – she’ll go to any lengths for competition’s sake. Kids watch her playing demos hour after hour, marvelling at her knowledge, speed and…

Vasiliki Albedo

…in developing countries . In 2017 she placed second in the Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre competition (EAL), and won joint third place in the Brian Dempsey Memorial prize. She’s been…

Annabelle Fuller

Annabelle Fuller is the winner of the under 19 category of the 2018 BBC Proms Poetry Competition.

Theo Lewis

Theo is commended in the tree poetry challenge on Young Poets Network, and a third-prize-winner of the Young Poets Network 2017 August challenge #1, themed around edgelands. He is also a 2014…

from Thomas Hobbes (1588–) Works Motherhood

…and the individual’s natural state of fear, competition and violence: every man is enemy to every man; two bodies cannot exist in the same place. Children? It’s a no-brainer! The…

The pirate inside

…bridging loan on a pink Jag, is about to leave England for Jamaica – but will pay her back when he can.   And on the morning of the competition

Victoria Gatehouse

Victoria Gatehouse is a poet and medical researcher. Her work has been published in many magazines including The North, Magma, The Rialto and Mslexia. Competition wins include Iklley, Otley and…

Paul Talbot

Paul went hell-for-leather writing poems in his teens, and won a regional youth poetry competition, but then stopped. He has just started to write again in earnest during the last…

Sharon Black

…2015. She was a winner in the Poetry News Members’ Poems Competition on the theme of ‘Gold’. Sharon is from Scotland but now lives in the south of France. www.sharonblack.co.uk…

Penny Ouvry

Penny Ouvry lives in Amersham in Buckinghamshire. She completed a Lancaster University poetry MA in 2014 and has since been published in Artemis, Envoi and two FISH competition anthologies….

Mathilde Jansen-Toft

Mathilde is a runner-up in the Under 19s category of the BBC Proms Poetry Competition 2018.

Aidan Tulloch

Aidan is a runner-up in the Under 19s category of the BBC Proms Poetry Competition 2018.

Nairn Kennedy

Nairn Kennedy lives in Yorkshire, has been published in Ambit, and has twice been shortlisted in the Ilkley Literature Festival Poetry Competition….

Ian Harker

Ian was a runner-up in the over 19 category in the BBC Proms Poetry Competition 2018.

Edwin Drummond

Edwin Drummond is a British poet and climber. He is the author of many collections of poetry, the most recent of which is A Dream of White Horses: Recollections of…

Anna Leader

Anna Leader is a winner of Young Poets Network poetry challenges including ‘Different Voices’ and ‘Poems go visiting’….

Elsa Corbluth

Elsa Corbluth is the author of many poetry collections, the most recent of which is Eighteen to Eighty: A Life Sketched in Poems (Bardic Media, 2011)….

Dizraeli

Dizraeli is a hip-hop artist, singer and spoken word artist whose style encompasses many genres from rap to folk. He won the BBC Radio 4 Poetry Slam and the UK…

Gladys Mary Coles

Poet, novelist, biographer, publisher, editor and tutor of creative writing, Gladys Mary Cole’s published work includes nine collections of poetry, various anthologies and two biographies of Mary Webb. Clay (Flambard,…

D. H.

A winner of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2013, and a winner of the Young Poets Network ‘Imagism’ poetry challenge….

Ankita Saxena

Ankita Saxena was commended in the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2010 and 2011, and is a winner of the Young Poets Network ‘Univocal’ and ‘Song writing’ poetry

I didn’t like him when I first saw him

…and fun  I wondered what I possibly could have done  To attract him.  You know?  He knew poetry.  He’d been to Tibet, earned a million pounds  Had Paul Smith shirts…

Konstandinos Mahoney

…broadcast on the BBC and worldwide. He is rep for The Poetry Society’s Barnes and Chiswick Stanza, teaches Creative Writing at Hong Kong University and blogs for the Asian Literary…

Anna Thomas

Anna is a winner of Young Poets Network poetry challenges including ‘Winter’ and ‘Canal’. She is also commended in the Carol Ann Duffy challenge on Young Poets Network, judged by…

Jayant Kashyap

Jayant is the third-prize winner in the Bletchley Park challenge  on Young Poets Network. He is also commended in the tree poetry challenge and in the fourth Bloodaxe Archive challenge,…

Keith Howden

Keith Howden is the author of many collections of poetry, the most recent of which is, Barlow Agonistes (Lulu, 2014)….

A.B.

A.B. is a winner of Young Poets Network challenges ‘Palimpsest Poetry – the Greys Court Challenge’, ‘Automatic writing’, and ‘Shakespeare’s shoes’….