Biographies of contributors

Helen Ivory

Helen Ivory is a poet and visual artist. Her fifth Bloodaxe collection is The Anatomical Venus (May 2019). She is a tutor for the UEA/NCW creative writing programme and edits the webzine Ink Sweat and Tears.  A chapbook Maps of the Abandoned City was published by SurVision Press (Ireland) earlier this year.  

Maria Jastrzebska

Poet, editor and translator Maria Jastrzębska came to the U.K from Poland as a child. She co-edited Queer in Brighton (New Writing South 2014). She is much anthologised, including British Library project Between Two Worlds. The True Story of Cowboy Hat and Ingénue (Cinnamon Press 2018) is her fourth collection.

Antony Johae

Antony Johae has taught in Africa and the Middle East. He retired in 2009 and divides his time between Lebanon and the UK. His first poetry collection was Poems of the East (Gipping Press, 2015). His mixed-genre collection, After-Images: Homage to Eric Rohmer, was published by Poetry Salzburg in 2019.

Pamela Johnson

Pamela Johnson’s poems appear in magazines – POEM, Magma, The Interpreter’s House, Crannóg, Obsessed With Pipework, Under The Radar – and in many anthologies, most recently, Stories & Lies, Blue Door Press 2018, and Every Thing That Can Happen, Emma Press 2019. She’s published three novels, Under Construction and Deep Blue Silence, Sceptre; Taking In Water, Blue Door Press 2016, supported by an Arts Council Writers’ Award. From 2002-2018 she taught fiction on the MA in Creative & Life Writing, Goldsmiths. (79)

Lisa Kelly

Lisa Kelly's first collection, A Map Towards Fluency, was published by Carcanet in June. Poems have appeared in Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back (Nine Arches Press) and Carcanet's New Poetries VII. Her pamphlets are Philip Levine’s Good Ear (Stonewood Press) and Bloodhound (Hearing Eye).

Jane Lovell

Jane Lovell is an award-winning poet whose work is steeped in natural history, science and folklore. Her latest collection is This Tilting Earth, published by Seren. Jane also writes for Elementum Journal. She is currently writer-in-residence at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve.

Kathryn Maris

Kathryn Maris is an American-British poet and critic who has published three poetry collections. Her work has appeared in Penguin Modern Poets 5, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, The Best British Poetry, The Forward Book of Poetry, Granta and Poetry. A selection from Kathryn's recent collection, The House With Only An Attic And A Basement (Penguin 2018), won the Ivan Juritz Prize for creative experiment. 

Robyn Marsack

Born in New Zealand, Robyn Marsack studied English Literature at Oxford University, where she was awarded a D.Phil. She subsequently published her first two books – a selection of Edmund Blunden’s poems and a critical study of Louis MacNeice’s poetry, The Cave of Making (OUP, 1982). After moving to Scotland with her husband, she became a freelance publishers’ editor, working for Carcanet and educational publishers such as Macmillan, EUP and Yale University Press. The Open University Press published her study Sylvia Plath in 1992. Scotland gave her the opportunity to review poetry and prose for newspapers and journals, and to serve on the Literary and Publishing panels of the Scottish Arts Council. She is proud to have been Director of the Scottish Poetry Library from 2000 to 2016. Since leaving the Library, Robyn has been a Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at the University of Glasgow 2016-2018 and, as well as becoming a Trustee of the Edwin Morgan Trust, was elected Chair of the Board of Trustees of StAnza, Scotland’s international poetry festival, in 2017. She continues to be a member of the boards of Carcanet Press, the Forward Arts Foundation and Wales Literature Exchange. Her compilation of letters celebrating Carcanet’s jubilee, Fifty Fifty, is due out in autumn 2019, as is her translation of essays by Nicolas Bouvier, So It Goes, from Eland; she continues to work on literary and cultural aspects of the First World War. She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2016.

Gail McConnell

Gail McConnell is a poet, literary critic and Senior Lecturer in English at Queen’s University Belfast. Her debut pamphlet is Fourteen (Green Bottle Press, 2018). Gail is joint winner of the 2017 Ink Sweat & Tears/Café Writers Pamphlet Commission Competition. Fothermather, the resulting pamphlet (November 2019), is published by IS&T Press.

John McCullough

John McCullough's poems have appeared in places including Poetry Review, The Guardian, The New Statesman, Poetry London and Best British Poetry. His first collection 'The Frost Fairs' (Salt, 2011) won the Polari First Book Prize. It was a Book of the Year for The Independent and The Poetry School, and a summer read for The Observer. His second collection 'Spacecraft' (Penned in the Margins, 2016) was named one of The Guardian’s Best Books for Summer 2016, and was a Book of the Year for both Sabotage Reviews’ Critic’s Choice and the London Review bookshop. It was shortlisted for the Ledbury-Forte prize. His new collection 'Reckless Paper Birds' was published with Penned in the Margins in May 2019.

Andrew McDonnell

Andrew McDonnell writes poetry and short fiction. His debut collection 'The Somnambulist Cookbook' was published by Salt in June 2019. He is a director of Gatehouse Press and editor at Lighthouse Literary Journal. He is a lecturer in English literature and creative writing and lives in Norwich. 

Grace Nichols

Guyana-born Grace Nichols has been living in Britain since 1977 and has published some eight collections of poetry for adults. Among her several awards are; The 1983 Commonwealth Poetry Prize for her first collection, 'I is a long-memoried Woman', the Guyana Poetry Poetry for 'Sunris' and a Cholmondeley Award in 2000. She was poet-in-residence at the Tate Gallery, London, which resulted in her collection; 'Picasso, I Want My Face Back'. She is among the poets on the current GCSE syllabus and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Her latest collection is 'The Insomnia Poems' Bloodaxe 2017.

Kate Noakes

Kate Noakes’ seventh and most recent collection is The Filthy Quiet (Parthian, 2019). She lives in London where she acts as a trustee to literature advocacy organisation Spread the World.

Jeremy Noel-Tod

Jeremy Noel-Tod teaches in the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia and is poetry critic for The Sunday Times. He has edited The Oxford Companion to Modern Poetry (2013), R.F. Langley’s Complete Poems (2015), and The Penguin Book of the Prose Poem (2018). 

Poppy Kleiser

Poppy Kleiser is a poet from Suffolk, whose work is mainly inspired by place and nature. She has been Fenland Poet Laureate, and is now working on her ma in writing poetry at uea. 

Richard Osmond

Jamie Osborn is a poet, translator and environmental activist in Norwich. Published in Carcanet’s New Poetries VII, PN Review, the TLS, Poetry London, Blackbox Manifold and elsewhere, he is currently working on poem-portraits of Extinction Rebellion protestors. He is a board member of Modern Poetry in Translation.