Linnet Drury

A top 15 winner of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2020….

Camilla Chen

An international winner of Foyle Young Poets of the Year 2007.

Edward Doegar

…currently working towards his first collection. He was recently selected for The Complete Works II, a two-year mentoring and development programme for ten advanced black and Asian poets in the…

Eilidh Adamson

Eilidh is highly commended in the Young Poets Network 2017 August challenge #1, themed around edgelands….

Meg Burrows

Meg Burrows is a winner of the Young Poets Network ‘Automatic writing’ challenge….

David Constantine

…is Elder (Bloodaxe, 2014). His co-translations include editions of Henri Michaux and Philippe Jaccottet in the Bloodaxe Contemporary French Poets series. He has also translated Goethe’s Faust for Penguin Classics….

Mary Dodd

Mary Dodd is a winner of the Young Poets Network ‘Dramatic monologue’ poetry challenge….

Carolyn Oxley

Carolyn Elizabeth Oxley lives in Longmont, Colorado in view of the Rocky Mountain foothills. She is a freelance writer for the Boulder Weekly and meets regularly with local poets at…

(Into)national Anthem

…gambling addictions are long to rain over us like hail. The miners and dockers that trudge through the shadows of cleaners and poets, and two-up-two-down, dropped Hs, ten kids-ers, speculating…

Hannah Lowe

…Her family memoir Long Time, No See (Periscope, 2015) featured as Radio 4’s Book of the Week. In 2014, she was named as one of 20 Next Generation poets. She…

Eva Salzman

…Poems (Bloodaxe, 2004). Most recently she co-edited, with Amy Wack, the anthology Women’s Work: Modern Women Poets Writing in English. She participated in the Poetry Society’s Poetry Places, a two-year…

Emily Berry

…for Best First Collection and the Hawthornden Prize. She was named among the Next Generation Poets 2014. She is currently working towards a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at…

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…

Glyn Maxwell

Glyn Maxwell is a poet, playwright, novelist, librettist and critic. In 1994 he was named one of the New Generation poets and he received the E.M. Forster Award in 1997….

Moniza Alvi

…Poetry Society’s ‘New Generation Poets’ in 1994. Her later collections, published by Bloodaxe Books, include Europa (2008) and At the Time of Partition (2013). Both were shortlisted for the T.S….

Denise Saul

…and Asian poets in the UK, organised by Spread the Word. Denise won the 2011 Geoffrey Dearmer Prize for her poem ‘Leaving Abyssinia’. Her pamphlets, White Narcissi (Flipped Eye) and House of…

Julian May

…The Verb, and winner of a Sony Award for A Requiem for St Kilda. He has commissioned and collaborated creatively with many poets and artists to produce documentaries, arts programmes…

Sacred and Profane

…dig. And underground, in the trenches of meaning, poets engrave letter by letter in a tablet like idol worshippers in the name of the holiest of holy poetry. There’s nothing…

Zaffar Kunial

Zaffar Kunial published a pamphlet in the Faber New Poets series in 2014 and was Poet-in-Residence at the Wordsworth Trust the same year. In 2011 he won third prize in…

Benjamin Zephaniah

…he calls ‘street politics’. His first real public performance was in church when he was 10 years old, and since then he has become one of Britain’s best known poets….

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…

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….

Cambridge 1949

…Scholar,          giggling, over wet lettuce and beetroot, quite unaware of the surprise around her. Yet reading in her Newnham room the Metaphysical          poets claim her, and she enters the Christian…

Carole Satyamurti 1939-2019

…W.W. Norton. Carole was a judge for The Poetry Society’s annual Hamish Canham prize for many years and ran 1-1 feedback sessions, Poetry Surgeries, for poets at our Poetry Cafe….

What We Can Least Afford to Lose

…of pubs, of ales with names As numerous as bargemen or as poets. Listen: the water gurgles obscenely, it gargles serenely. The vista of Tegg’s Nose unfolds as the boat…

John Freeman

…A Suite for Summer (Worple). Stride also published a book of essays, The Less Received: Neglected Modern Poets. Recent magazine publications include Iota, Poetry Wales, Scintilla and The Lampeter Review….

Linda Gregerson

Linda Gregerson is an American poet and member of faculty at the University of Michigan. In 2014, she was named as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. She…

Yomi Ṣode

…10: Poets of the New Generation, Tales of Two Londons and the forthcoming Safe: On Black British Men Reclaiming Space. He is the co-editor, with Kate Birch, of Voices of…

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)…

Helen Overell

…writing and takes part in courses and seminar groups at the Poetry School as well as taking an active role in the Mole Valley Poets. Her work is published in…

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Elaine Gaston

Elaine Gaston, commended in the National Poetry Competition 2013, is from Ireland’s north coast. She has been published by Blackstaff Press and Peterloo Poets, and in many poetry journals including Poetry…

Ian Humphreys

…Forward Prizes for Poetry. Zebra was nominated for the Portico Prize. A fellow of The Complete Works, Ian’s poems are showcased in Ten: Poets of the New Generation (Bloodaxe). www.ianhumphreyspoet.com…

James Sutherland-Smith

…wife Viera are the principal translators of Slovak poetry into English, with a number of collections of individual poets and three major anthologies published in Britain, America, Canada and Slovakia….

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…

Peter Daniels

…of Captain Rigby (Personal Pronoun, 2013). He has won several prizes: first prize in the 2010 TLS Poetry Competition, the 2010 Ver Poets Competition, the 2008 Arvon competition, the 2002…

Linda France

…are Her. She has worked on numerous collaborations with visual artists and musicians, as well as public art projects. Linda also edited the ground-breaking anthology Sixty Women Poets (Bloodaxe 1993)….

Eric Berlin

Eric Berlin is a freelance editor living near Syracuse, New York, where he teaches “Ear Training for Poets” and “The Poetics of Prayer” at the Downtown Writers’ Center. He received…

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…

Topical Tip

“My vegetable love should grow…” and Marvellous to note a mind so elevated touch upon a thing as lowly for Love’s likeness.        (Hull’s a home to peas and poets.)…

Roger McGough

…Henri and Brian Patten as the ‘Liverpool Poets’, has sold over a million copies and has never been out of print. His numerous books for children include The Imaginary Menagerie…

Lorna Shaughnessy

…the Brown River and Witness Trees (Salmon Poetry) as well as two translations of contemporary Mexican poets: Mother Tongue: Selected Poems by Pura López Colomé and If We Have Lost…

Anna Crowe

…Andrews. She was the runner-up in the National Poetry Competition 1985 and her most recent work is Peatlands, translations of poems by Mexican poet Pedro Serrano (Arc Visible Poets, 2014)….

Kristiina Ehin

Kristiina Ehin is one of Estonia’s leading poets and is known throughout Europe for her poetry and short stories. She has an MA in Comparative and Estonian Folklore from the…

Mary Mulholland

Mary Mulholland is a recent Poetry MA graduate of Newcastle University/ The Poetry School. She runs Red Doors Poets and co-edits The Alchemy Spoon. Over the past year she’s been…

Jan Wagner

…has also translated the work of several British and American poets. He has received many awards for his poetry, including the Ernst Meister Prize (2005), the Wilhelm Lehmann Prize (2009),…

John Lyons

Poets Afro-Caribbean and Asian prize; a commendation in the National Poetry Competition, and in the Peterloo Poetry Competition. His latest collections are Cook-Up in a Trini Kitchen (Peepal Tree, 2009)…

Derek Hughes

…2019. A lot of his writing is quirky and/or ‘Nature’ based. He enjoys many recent poets and of the earlier ones John Clare has been a particular friend. He is…

Roy McFarlane

…Tree,  2018) and he is the editor of Celebrate Wha? Ten Black British Poets from the Midlands (Smokestack, 2011). His first full collection of poems, Beginning With Your Last Breath,…

Triolet, triolet

…queue But we are experiencing a high volume of calls. (And a slim volume of verse.) All our poets are writing sonnets. If you know the number of the department…

Chris McCabe

…CD with the Poetry Archive. His plays Shad Thames, Broken Wharf and Mudflats have been performed in London and Liverpool. His prose book about the dead poets of West Norwood…

Sue Johns

…performed at festivals and cabarets around the country as a solo performer and with Dodo Modern Poets, and also writes and performs theatrical monologues. Her poems have been published in…

Maggie Butt

…Bucharest where she was one of six British poets advising MA students on translating Romanian poetry into English. Maggie is a keen member of the Palmers Green Stanza in North…

Steve Ely

…of four poets who contributed to The Pity, a series of new poems commissioned by the Poetry Society in response to the centenary of the First World War. The Pity…

Regarding Anne Sexton

…The problem with this photo is, you’re doing that look like a thousand grainy poets before and after you. Eyes left. Like you have just seen a burglar. You’re projecting…

Melanie Drane

…contest she had ever entered. She then began sending poems out for publications and competitions, achieving great success. She now joins a long list of outstanding poets who have won…

Philip Burton

…the 2019 Hastings poetry competition, and in The Ware Poets open poetry competition 2020. He is a member of The Poetry Society’s Ribble Valley Stanza, and of the Clitheroe Writers…

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….

David Borrott

…and in CAST: The Poetry Business Book of New Contemporary Poets. His pamphlet Porthole (Smith|Doorstop, 2015) is part of the Poetry Business Laureate’s Choice series, chosen by Carol Ann Duffy….

North of all countries

…pebbles and permafrost. Freshwater mussels wrapping around pearl, and matchless desire befalls, befalls, befalls, in stories of gorgeous breath-away crystals, in queen’s lockets and uncracked duck eggs. Heroes, poets and…

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;…

Emma Danes

…Stanza Poetry Competition, and been published in anthologies and magazines including CAST: The Poetry Business Book of New Contemporary Poets (Smith|Doorstop) and The Best British Poetry 2011 (Salt). Emma lives…

Vandana Khanna

…Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace, Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation and Indivisible: An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Poetry. She has taught English and Creative Writing at…

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)….

Lesley Ingram

…EFL teacher, French Gite owner, and is Poetry Society Stanza rep. for Herefordshire and the HereAbouts poets. She loves proper Pontefract cakes, flat lands and a perfect 25 degree temperature….

Eithne Cullen

Eithne Cullen is a member of Forest Poets and writes poetry and stories. She has published two novels, The Ogress of Reading and Never not in my Thoughts….

Olivia McCannon

Olivia McCannon’s poetry collection Exactly My Own Length (Carcanet/Oxford Poets, 2011) was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize and won the 2012 Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. She read French/German at the…

Kimberly Reyes

Kimberly Reyes has received fellowships from the Poetry Foundation, the Academy of American Poets, Callaloo, the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in Ireland, the Munster Literature Centre, the…

David Hart

David Hart has won several major prizes, including the National Poetry Competition 1994 and the Common Ground/Blue Nose Poets Field Days competition. His poems were published in 1999 as Setting…

Carrie Etter

…Infinite Difference: Other Poetries by UK Women Poets (Shearsman, 2010). She also publishes short stories, reviews and the occasional essay. Imagined Sons was shortlisted for the 2014 Ted Hughes Award….

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.  …

Songster

She was a small singing bird, a young wren you caught in your hand and felt her heartbeat. You chose two rings, one for her foot and then one for…

Messenger

…were shriven, her eyes the eyesof something fallen, the weight unbearable so we sent her onwards, to beat at the heels of a young god’s sandals, set her away, windward….

A Shooting Script 1987

…as if it is all over – tracking shots of a mosque, the muezzin stands for the call to prayer, sings over the young interfaith couple washing off their hands….

The Book

…to children. They determine a horse’s age by its teeth, the age of pains – by their scars. And yet I’m still very young. Here – and it must be…

Waterlights

According to the legend of the White Snake, Bai Suzhen (the white snake which turned into an immortal woman) bought a green snake which she turned into a young girl….

The other

…forget my existence do I age           do you update me like software or am I still young in there, do you hold me             undying from nostalgia or         indifference            …

Tango

“You’re young, so full of self, and that’s why you dance like you’re speed-dating; you’re a moving monologue, uninterruptable; but on the floor you must move like a marriage, maybe…

Jay Bernard

…of 1981 where 14 young black people lost their lives. Surge: Side A was produced by Speaking Volumes and performed at the Roundhouse as part of The Last Word Festival…

Phrase Book

…thought so and yes the pilots say yes they have caught it through the Side-Looking   Airbone Radar, and through the J-Stars. I am expecting a gentleman (a young gentleman,…

Camera Obscura

Eight-year-old sitting in Bramhall’s field, shoes scuffed from kicking a stone, too young for a key but old enough now to walk the short mile back from school. You’ve spied…

Megan Beech

…of Cambridge. Her debut collection ‘When I Grow Up I Want to be Mary Beard’ was published by Burning Eye Books in December 2013. Megan was a Young Producer for…

Who Am I to Talk?

…the mother who lost all hope and who am I to talk about the young widow with a shovel full of rubble and her single vision of a rising city…

For the Fallen

…upon our tears. They went with songs to the battle, they were young, Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow. They were staunch to the end against odds…

The End of Our Journey

…guests Gather at our home, our oasis. Young ones enlightened, Screaming with popcorn souls. Agitated eyes shining with elation. Laying on the rich ceremonial salver Was a cheery lamb. Without…

Swithun Cooper

…Digest, an edible poetry journal, with Chrissy Williams. Swithun was a Poetry Society Young Poet of the Year in 2000 and Commended in the Christopher Tower Poetry Prize in 2004…

Vanilla moon

…room glows green with plastic stars, comets and crescents. An IKEA mobile strings a green planet, orange rings, yellow stars and a blue rocket. Too young to count days, or…

A church on the edge of the world

…by itself near the door, remembering an old knight who fought for a God that was still young. Scuffed with reverence, it makes you think of harsher times, when wool…

‘A’ Level Text

…glimpsed shells like young bones. Gulls shouted common phrases. Words streamed the Breton sky. The air about me foreign, taut, I collected shells of meaning I turn again against my…

Above Golden Bay

…to Golden Bay. I did not look for the house on the hill, but made my way down from the cliff-top to the beach where five young kayakers dragged their…

Calendar Girl

…our young lungs As April teases us with sun-drenched rain and rain-drenched sun. By May we’re certain spring has sprung – It reverberates in the fluffy heads of dandelions And…

Akhmatova in the Borscht

…popular when I was young,” she told me, hands fumbling with the knife. “I couldn’t read much of her before I left Russia because they called her anti-Stalin, but I…

The Full Indian Rope Trick

…I did it, Guildhall Square, noon, in front of everyone. There were walls, bells, passers-by; then a rope, thrown, caught by the sky and me, young, up and away, goodbye….

Lifting the Lid

…the corpuscles see-saw and sink, Silt in the veins. The nurse has battened down The long-sighted eyes that made him a pilot, too young For the navy in a war…

Then in the twentieth century

…against punch lines, and lost in stages all of my upper teeth. Peter Sutcliffe in 1987 confessed to thirteen murders, when I was young we had no television, but we…