Simon Jenner

Simon Jenner was born in Cuckfield in 1959. Failing everything except art, he learnt to fly instead; discovering poetry forestalled a career in airframes. He has been the director of…

Matt Harvey

…the Work section of the Guardian. He is host of Wondermentalist – Radio 4’s comedy-infused, musically enhanced interactive poetry cabaret – and author of The Hole in the Sum of…

Jei Degenhardt

Jei is the third-prize winner in the tree poetry challenge on Young Poets Network and is commended in the Who is Giselle? poetry challenge….

Andy Croft

Andy Croft’s books of poetry include Nowhere Special, Gaps Between Hills (with Mark Robinson), Headland, Just as Blue, Great North, Comrade Laughter, Ghost Writer and Sticky. He has edited the…

James Sutherland-Smith

James Sutherland-Smith was born in Aberdeen in 1948 and was educated at Leeds University. His poetry collections include A Singer from Sabiya (1979), Naming of the Arrow (1980), At the…

Lavinia Greenlaw

Lavinia Greenlaw is the winner of the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry 2011 for her sound piece ‘Audio Obscura’. Her poetry collections include Minsk and The Casual…

Roy Fisher

Roy Fisher was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award 2012. He has published over thirty poetry books, and has been the subject of numerous critical essays and several studies, including…

Hannah Silva

Hannah Silva was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry 2013. She is a Birmingham based poet and playwright. She has performed internationally and throughout the…

William Snelling

William is commended in Gboyega Odubanjo’s People Need Nature challenge on Young Poets Network in 2020 and the 2019 poetry translation challenge with Modern Poetry in Translation, judged by Clare…

Melissa Lee-Houghton

…which was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. In 2014 Melissa was recognised as a Next Generation Poet. Her third book Sunshine (Penned in the Margins, 2016) was shortlisted for the…

Philip Gross

Philip Gross is a writer of many parts, author of poetry, fiction and drama for children and adults, and Professor of Creative Writing at Glamorgan University. He won the 2009…

Caroline Bird

Caroline Bird has five collections of poetry published by Carcanet. Her most recent collection, In These Days of Prohibition, was shortlisted for the 2017 TS Eliot Prize and the Ted…

A.P. Fraser

…chemical industries, and in the voluntary and public sector. He has always written poetry, but have never received formal training. He has been successful in several competitions and poetry publications….

Raymond Antrobus

…MA in Spoken Word education (Goldsmiths, University of London). He is also one of three current recipients of the Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowship. His poem, ‘Sound Machine’, first published in…

Sudeep Sen

…Blue Nude: New & Selected Poems | Translations 1979-2014 (Jorge Zalamea International Poetry Prize) is forthcoming. Sen’s newer work appears in New Writing 15 (Granta),Language for a New Century (Norton),…

Seán Hewitt

…Award, 2020, and the John Pollard Foundation International Poetry Prize, 2021. It was also a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Seán won a Northern Writers’ Award in 2016, the Resurgence Prize…

Charlotte Chalkley

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

Henry Israeli

In 2013 Henry Israeli was shortlisted for The Poetry Society’s Popescu Prize for European Poetry in Translation for his translation of poems in Haywire: New & Selected Poems by Luljeta Lleshanaku. Hear…

Rachel Long

Rachel Long is a poet and the founder of Octavia – Poetry Collective for Womxn of Colour. Her debut poetry collection, My Darling from the Lions, published by Picador in…

David Constantine

David Constantine is not new to winning awards for his translation skills. In 1996 he was the winner of the European Poetry Prize for Poems of Hölderlin. His other poetry

Jacky Tarleton

…provides an exciting opportunity to create her own poems whilst exploring Louis MacNeice’s poetry through the lens of Gaston Bachelard. Jacky won the Huddersfield Literature Festival Poetry Prize in 2010….

Adam Thorpe

…stories and six books of poetry, a stage play performed almost entirely in Berkshire dialect, and numerous radio plays and broadcasts. In 2007 he was shortlisted for the Forward Poetry

Tess Jolly

Tess Jolly’s poetry has appeared in many UK poetry magazines and in the anthologies The Best New British and Irish Poets 2016 and The Poet’s Quest for God (published by…

Dai George

…University’s writing programme. His poetry has appeared in several anthologies, including The Salt Book of Younger Poets and Best British Poetry. His latest collection is The Claims Office (Seren, 2013)….

Craig Raine

…Areté. He was featured in the The Poetry Review in 2008 with a short-new poem entitled, ‘Davos Documentary B&W.’ His latest poetry collection is How Snow Falls, published in 2010….

Olivia Liu

Olivia is a commended poet in the Riddle Me This Poetry Challenge on The Poetry Society’s Young Poets Network….

Amy Roa

…poet from Brooklyn, New York. Her poetry has appeared in The Yale Review, The Idaho Review, The Cincinnati Review and elsewhere. She is currently working on her first poetry collection….

Bernard O’Donoghue

…(1995) – which won the Whitebread Prize for Poetry – and Outliving (2003). His most recent poetry collection is Farmers Cross (2011), shortlisted for the 2011 T S Eliot Prize….

Martha Sprackland

A winner of Foyle Young Poets of the Year 1999 and 2005. Her work has appeared in various poetry magazines and she is Assistant Poetry Editor at Faber & Faber….

Mia Nelson

Mia is commended in the 2021 poetry translation challenge with Modern Poetry in Translation, judged by Clare Pollard; the Climate Crisis and You challenge, in partnership with the Freud Museum…

SZ Shao

SZ Shao is the second-prize winner of the 2021 poetry translation challenge with Modern Poetry in Translation, judged by Clare Pollard. She is also commended in the Climate Crisis and…

Salena Godden

Salena Godden is one of the UK’s foremost poets, regularly anthologised and headlining festivals nationally and internationally. A BBC regular, Salena Godden has written and presented several arts and music programmes…

Gunisha Aggarwal

Gunisha is commended in the 2021 poetry translation challenge with Modern Poetry in Translation, judged by Clare Pollard, on Young Poets Network….

Bernadette Lynch

Bernadette has been writing poetry for the last 6 years and finds her work greatly enhanced by belonging to groups of fellow poets, including the recently-formed Brum Stanza. Her poetry

A.F. Harrold

A.F. Harrold is an English poet who writes for both kids and adults. His books for children include the poetry collection Things You Find In A Poet’s Beard (illustrated by…

Emily Berry

Emily Berry grew up in London and studied English Literature at Leeds University and Creative Writing at Goldsmiths College. Her debut poetry collection Dear Boy (Faber) won the Forward Prize…

Priya Abularach

Priya is a 2020 commended Foyle Young Poet, and is commended in the 2021 poetry translation challenge with Modern Poetry in Translation, judged by Clare Pollard, on Young Poets Network….

Fred D’Aguiar

…2009) was a Poetry Book Society Choice and shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize.  His latest poetry collection is The Rose of Toulouse (Carcanet, 2013). He teaches at Virginia…

Rachel Piercey

Rachel Piercey is a poet, editor and poetry teacher. She studied English Literature at St Hugh’s College, Oxford, where she won the Newdigate Prize in 2008. Her pamphlets, The Flower…

Alor Sahoo

Alor is the third-prize winner of the 2021 poetry translation challenge with Modern Poetry in Translation, judged by Clare Pollard….

B.C. Leale

B.C. Leale (1930–2018) worked as a bookseller for many years at Claude Gill Books in London’s Oxford Street, resolutely defending a poetry section that was full of surprises. His own…

Peter LaBerge

…Young Poets Network, as part of The Poetry Society’s celebrations of 20 years of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award. Peter is the author of the chapbooks Makeshift Cathedral (YesYes…

Nicky Kippax

Nicky Kippax has recently been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize, the Ginkgo Prize, the Live Canon International Poetry Prize and the Bath Fiction Prize. Her work can be found in…

Benjamin Zephaniah

Dr Benjamin Obadiah Iqbal Zephaniah was born and raised in Birmingham, England. His poetry is strongly influenced by the music and poetry of Jamaica and what he calls ‘street politics’….

Patrick Maddock

Patrick Maddock is a long-ago Hennessy poetry award winner (Ireland) and Strokestown International Poetry Prize winner, whose poems have appeared widely in magazines in Ireland and the UK….

Colin Pink

Colin Pink has published two collections of poetry: Acrobats of Sound (Poetry Salzburg, 2016) and The Ventriloquist Dummy’s Lament (Against the Grain, 2019)….

Hollie McNish

Hollie McNish is a poet and spoken word artist and was UK Slam poetry champion in 2009. She has released two spoken word albums and a poetry collection. Films of…

Elsie Hayward

Elsie is the first-prize winner of the Artlyst Art to Poetry challenge and the first-prize winner of the Ode to (Small) Joy challenge on Young Poets Network. She is also…

Natalie Perman

…in Gboyega Odubanjo’s People Need Nature challenge; commended in Ankita Saxena’s protest poetry challenge, remembering 100 years of the women’s vote in the UK; and commended in the tree poetry challenge….

Nansŏrhŏn

…the time of Nansŏrhŏn were generally not given a classical education on a par with noblemen; it was socially unacceptable for them to paint, sing, learn music, or write poetry

Daniel Baksi

Daniel is commended in the 2019 poetry translation challenge on Young Poets Network with Modern Poetry in Translation, judged by Clare Pollard….

Lesley Saunders

Lesley Saunders is the author of several books of poetry, most recently Nominy-Dominy (Two Rivers Press 2018) – ‘a feature of this collection is its sheer ease with and celebration…

Beth Bayliss

Beth is commended in the 2019 poetry translation challenge on Young Poets Network with Modern Poetry in Translation, judged by Clare Pollard….

John Gallas

John Gallas was born in 1950 in Wellington, New Zealand. He has published ten collections of poetry with Carcanet Press and edited the anthology of world poetry The Song Atlas…

Anna Westwig

Anna is the first-prize winner in August Challenge #1: Re-mixing History, Fiction and the Unexpected. She is commended in the Artlyst Art to Poetry challenge, in the first Bloodaxe Archive…

Isabella Jiang

Isabella is commended in the 2019 poetry translation challenge on Young Poets Network with Modern Poetry in Translation, judged by Clare Pollard….

Romeo Oriogun

…African and African American Research, Oregon Institute for Creative Research and the IIE- Artist Protection Fund. Winner of the 2017 Brunel International African Poetry Prize, he lives in Iowa City….

Martin Figura

…in Poetry 2010. His poem ‘Victor’ won the Poetry Society’s 2010 Hamish Canham Prize. In 2013 Nasty Little Press published the pamphlet Arthur. He is chair of Café Writers, Norwich….

Samantha Walton

Samantha Walton is a poet, academic and publisher based in Bristol. Her first poetry collection is Self Heal (Boiler House, 2018) and she co-edits Sad Press poetry….

Nancy Campbell

Nancy Campbell is the current Canal Laureate. A writer who works across disciplines, from poetry and essays to publishing artist’s books, she grew up in the Scottish Borders and Northumberland and her…

Hélène Dorion

…General’s Award for Poetry, and numerous other Canadian and international prizes the most recent of which was the Prix Senghor in 2011. Her collection Seizing:Places (Arc), translated by Patrick McGuinness, was shortlisted…

Maia Brown

Maia is commended in the 2019 poetry translation challenge on Young Poets Network with Modern Poetry in Translation, judged by Clare Pollard….

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…

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;…

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….

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…

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…

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…

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…

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….

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….

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…

Abi Cook

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

Tane Stevens

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

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…

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…

Cartoon

https://youtu.be/TR5s6ur377g after Leonardo Da Vinci’s drawing ‘The Virgin and Child with St Anne and St John the Baptist’, kept in the dark room at the National Gallery This love is…

Saoirse Lennon

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

Abdullah Alselami

Abdullah Alselami 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…

Ibukun Badmus

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

Katie Walters

Katie Walters 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…

Sadia Ahmed

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

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,…

Ferenc Rákóczi in the Pantry

Ferenc II Rákóczi was a Hungarian aristocrat who led rebellions against the Habsburg empire in the early 18th century. He is widely considered a national hero in Hungary.”Rákóczi” is also…

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…

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,…

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.

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…

John Scrivens

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

Angus McCormick

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

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. …

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…