Biographies of contributors

BBC Radio4 Saturday Review regular, Cahal Dallat, was 2019 joint writer-in-residence with Anne-Marie Fyfe at Lenoir-Rhyne University, Hickory NC, 2018 Research Fellow at University of Texas & 2017 Charles Causley Trust centenary poet/musician-in-residence. Following The Year of Not Dancing, his latest poetry collection is Beautiful Lofty Things (Salmon Poetry, Spring 2021).

C L Dallat

Peter Daniels has now had his third collection, My Tin Watermelon, published by Salt. His translations of Vladislav Khodasevich from Russian (Angel Classics, 2013) were shortlisted for the Oxford-Weidenfeld translation prize, and as queer writer in residence at the London Metropolitan Archives he wrote the obscene Ballad of Captain Rigby.

Peter Daniels

Bio Pending

Alexandra Davis

Patricia Debney was born in Texas and now lives in Kent with her family. She is the author of two books: a collection of prose poetry, How to Be a Dragonfly (Smith Doorstop Books, 2005), which was the overall winner of the 2004 Poetry Business Competition; a novel, Losing You (bluechrome, 2007). and a collection of short stories, Black Hole and Other Stories (bluechrome, 2008). Her third collection is 'Baby' (Liquorice Fish Books, 2016) ,


She has taught creative writing for 25 years across all levels and stages: for Arvon, adult education, in prisons, and in schools. She currently lectures in Creative Writing at the University of Kent, where she teaches on both the undergraduate and MA programmes. 

Patricia Debney

Charlotte Du Cann is a writer, editor and co-director of the Dark Mountain Project. Her latest book is 52 Flowers That Shook My World - A Radical Return to Earth. She teaches a dramaturgical writing practice called The Uneasy Chair and writes (uneasily) about mythology, metaphysics and existential crisis. 

Charlotte Du Cann

Claire Dyer’s novels are published by Quercus and The Dome Press, and her poetry collections are published by Two Rivers Press, with whom she has a new collection forthcoming in 2021. She has an MA in Creative Writing, teaches, curates Reading’s Poets’ Cafe and runs an editorial and critiquing business.

Claire Dyer

Carrie Etter has published four collections of poetry, most recently The Weather in Normal (UK: Seren; US: Station Hill, 2018), a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, and is Reader in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University.

Carrie Etter

Sally Festing’s five poetry collections have followed journalism, radio plays, academic studies, biographies of Gertrude Jekyll, Barbara Hepworth and other non-fiction books. ( My Darling Derry (Fair Acre Press) is on sale with proceeds to the Mental Health Foundation.

Sally Festing

Kate Foley’s first collection, Soft Engineering was short listed for best first collection at Aldeburgh. Currently President of Suffolk Poetry Society, Kate’s 10th collection A Gift of Rivers was published in 2018 by Arachne Press. Kate performs, writes, edits, leads workshops, often working with artists in other disciplines. 

Kate Foley

Anne-Marie Fyfe has published five poetry collections & a literary/travel-memoir, No Far Shore, Charting Unknown Waters (Seren, 2019), is former Poetry Society chair, is Poetry Co-ordinator for the John Hewitt International Summer School in Ireland and runs Coffee-House Poetry's readings & classes at London's leading live literature venue, the Troubadour.

Anne-Marie Fyfe

Charlotte Gann is an editor from Sussex. Poems have appeared in The Rialto, The North and Magma. Her pamphlet (The Long Woman, Pighog Press) was shortlisted for the 2012 Michael Marks Award, and her first full collection, Noir, published by HappenStance in 2016.

Charlotte Gann

Mina Gorji was born in Tehran and grew up in London. She lives in Cambridge

where she is a lecturer in the English Faculty, Cambridge and a fellow of

Pembroke College. Her published work includes a study of John Clare, and

essays on awkwardness, mess, weeds and rudeness. She has jdged the

Resurgence poetry prize (2018) with Lavinia Greenlaw and her own poems have

appeared, among other places, in Magma, PN Review, London Magazine and The

International Literary Quarterly. Her debut volume, 'art of escape', will

be published by Carcanet in January 2020.

Mina Gorji

Rebecca Goss is the author of three full-length poetry collections: The Anatomy of Structures (Flambard Press, 2010), Her Birth (Carcanet, 2013) and Girl, (Carcanet, 2019). Carousel, her collaboration with photographer Chris Routledge, was published in 2018 by Guillemot Press. Rebecca was selected for the Poetry Book Society’s Next Generation Poets in 2014.  

Rebecca Goss

Alison Graham is a poet and reviewer based in Norwich. She reviews for the Glasgow Review of Books and The Interpreter’s House, and her poetry has been published by 3:AM Magazine, Datableed, and Lighthouse Magazine. 

Alison Graham

A Cholmondeley & Bridport winner, John Greening has published over fifteen collections, the two most recent with Carcanet, notably The Silence (2019). Other  recent books include editions of Blunden and Grigson, Heath (with Penelope Shuttle), an Egypt memoir and the anthologies, Accompanied Voices and Ten Poems about Sheds.  

John Greening

Philip Hancock was born in Newchapel, Stoke-on-Trent, in 1966. His debut pamphlet Hearing Ourselves Think (2009) was a Guardian Book of the Year. A second pamphlet, Just Help Yourself, appeared in 2016. Jelly Baby, a film-poem, screened at various film festivals and was published in Areté.

Philip Hancock

Will Harris is a writer of mixed Anglo-Indonesian heritage, born and based in London. He has worked in schools, led workshops at the Southbank Centre and teaches for The Poetry School. He is an Assistant Editor at The Rialto and a fellow of The Complete Works III. Published in the Bloodaxe anthology Ten: Poets of the New Generation, he was featured in ES Magazine as part of the “new guard” of London poets. His poem ‘SAY’ was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem 2018, and he won a Poetry Fellowship from the Arts Foundation in 2019. His debut pamphlet of poems, All this is implied, published by HappenStance in 2017, was joint winner of the London Review Bookshop Pamphlet of the Year and shortlisted for the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award by the National Library of Scotland. Mixed-Race Superman, an essay, was published by Peninsula Press in May 2018 and will be published in an expanded edition by Melville House in the US in July 2019. His first full poetry collection, RENDANG, is forthcoming from Granta in 2020.

Will Harris

Jan Heritage is the founding editor of Finished Creatures poetry magazine. She has a publishing background and was Promotions Manager for Faber and Faber. Her work is widely published in UK magazines and anthologies.  She has Masters degrees from Sussex and Royal Holloway where she specialised in Ecopoetics.

Jan Heritage

Seán Hewitt is the winner of an Eric Gregory Award, a Northern Writers' Award, and the Resurgence Prize. His debut pamphlet, Lantern (Offord Road Books), was the Poetry Book Society Summer Pamphlet Choice for 2019. His first collection is forthcoming from Jonathan Cape in 2020.

Sean Hewitt

Artist and poet Amanda Holiday studied Fine Art before directing short films for the Arts Council, BFI and Channel 4. Between 2001-10 she lived in Cape Town where she worked in educational TV.
Her chapbook The Art Poems was published last year as part of New Generation African Poets. 

Amanda Holiday

MATTHEW HOLLIS was born in Norwich in 1971. Ground Water (Bloodaxe, 2004) was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, the Whitbread Prize for Poetry and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. He is co-editor of Strong Words: Modern Poets on Modern Poetry (Bloodaxe, 2000) and 101 Poems Against War (Faber, 2003), and editor of Selected Poems of Edward Thomas (Faber, 2011). Now All Roads Lead to France: the Last Years of Edward Thomas (Faber, 2011; Norton, 2012) won the Costa Biography Award and the H. W. Fisher Biography Prize and was Sunday Times Biography of the Year. In 2016 he published limited letterpress and hand-made pamphlets, Stones (Incline Press, 2016) and East(Clutag Press, 2016). He is poetry editor at Faber & Faber.

Matthew Hollis

Nick Hunt is an editor and co-director at Dark Mountain. He has also authored two travel books, Where the Wild Winds Are and Walking the Woods and the Water, and a work of gonzo ornithology, The Parakeeting of London. He is currently working on Loss Soup, a collection of short stories and a third travel book.

Nick Hunt

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