Anthony Thwaite was born in Chester and now lives in Norfolk. He is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including Home Truths (1957); The Owl in the Tree (1963); The Stones of Emptiness: Poems 1963–66 (1967), which won a Richard Hillary Prize; New Confessions (1974); Letter from Tokyo (1987); Poems 1953–1988 (1989); Selected Poems 1956–1996 (1997); and Collected Poems (2008). Early in his career, Thwaite was associated with the Movement, a loosely affiliated group of British writers publishing in the 1950s. Thwaite was close friends with Philip Larkin, the poet who most epitomized Movement verse, and he and Andrew Motion are the literary executors of Larkin’s estate. Thwaite edited Larkin’s Collected Poems (1988); Selected Letters (1992); the collection of broadcasts, reviews, and other ephemera, Further Requirements (2001); and Letters to Monica (2011). Thwaite has worked as a broadcaster and as literary editor of many seminal English literary magazines, including the Listener, the New Statesman, and Encounter. Poet and critic Anthony Thwaite has been widely praised. Novelist Anthony Burgess commended him as 'Very intelligent, also witty, with a wide stretch of subject matter’ Playwright Michael Frayn, wrote 'I think of all the living poets whose work I know Anthony Thwaite speaks to me most strongly and intimately’.
Kostya Tsolákis was born in Athens in 1981 and moved to the UK in 1999. A Warwick Writing Programme graduate, his poems have appeared in Magma, Strix, perverse, The Fenland Reed, Wasafiri and Brittle Star. In the summer of 2018, his translations of the Greek gay poet Andreas Aggelákis were published in Modern Poetry in Translation’s LGBTQ+ issue, ‘The House of Thirst’. He lives in London.
Susan Utting’s poems have been published in The Times, TLS, Forward Book of Poetry, Poetry Review, Poems on the Underground, and broadcast at London’s South Bank Centre for Poetry International. Her latest collection is Half the Human Race: New & Selected Poems (Two Rivers Press) ‘Susan Utting touches on what it is to be all the women a woman is expected to be’.
Pat Walker attended a Letterpress course in 2011 at Central St Martins School of Art in London. She is the founder and owner of Aspen Press in Orford where they produce letterpress cards and stationery, hand setting movable lead type which is then printed on a Golding Pearl press built in 1910.
"Using traditional methods, we produce beautiful products. I love the fact that printing with movable type is a very old process that can be traced back to Johannes Gutenberg in the 15th century and that today there are still many foundries casting movable lead type known as monotype."
Peter Wallis won publication of a pamphlet, Articles of Twinship, in the Bare Fiction Debut Poetry Collection Competition. He has won several other prizes and has had poems both shortlisted and longlisted in the National Poetry Competition. He is Submissions Editor for the U.K. charity “Poems in the Waiting Room”.
Christine Webb, a Midlander by birth, has spent her working life in education. Her poems have appeared in a range of anthologies and magazines, and her collections After Babel and Catching Your Breath are published by Cinnamon Press. She is an occasional traveller, disorganised cook and incompetent gardener.
Joshua Weiner is the poetry editor of Tikkun magazine and professor of English at the University of Maryland, College Park. He lives in Washington DC. He is the recipient of the Rome Prize in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. His most recent collection is The Figure of a Man Being Swallowed by a Fish (2013) and he has a prose book about the refugee crisis in Europe, Berlin Notebook: Where Are the Refugees? (2016).
Poet, performer, songwriter: a punk rocker both long before and long after it was fashionable. Writes in English and in French, following the thought in whichever language it presents itself. Translator of poetry from French and from Arabic via French into English. Regular performer at festivals in Belgium, France, Malta and the US. Member of the Urgence Poésie Collective in Lodève, France; director of the Austin International Poetry Festival in Texas; translator for the Mediterranean Literature Festival in Malta.
Alison Winch is a lecturer in Media Studies at the University of East Anglia. She is author of Girlfriends and Postfeminist Sisterhood (Palgrave, 2013) and co-editor of Encountering Buddhism in Twentieth-Century British and American Literature (Bloomsbury, 2013). Her debut pamphlet, Trouble, was published in 2016 by The Emma Press. Her collection 'Darling, It's me' is out in 2019 with Penned in the Margins.
Tamar Yoseloff’s sixth collection is The Black Place (Seren, 2019). She’s also the author of Formerly, shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award, and several collaborative editions with artists. She runs courses for galleries including the Hayward and the Barbican, and is a lecturer on the Poetry School / Newcastle University MA in Writing Poetry
Jo is joint winner of the 2017 Ink Sweat &Tears/Café Writers Pamphlet Commission Competition and her first pamphlet Firing Pins (November 2019) is published by IS&T Press. She lives in York with her young family and has served in the Army for over 20 years.
Miek Zwamborn is a Dutch author, artist and ranger based on the Scottish Isle of Mull. Through installations, performances, books and photography, Zwamborn imbues her source material with a rigorous sense of subjective and the speculative. In this way, her work not only traces the lives of her subjects but her own experiences as a researcher and writer. Each work claims its own place within the story, becoming an indispensable branch of the greater rhizome.
Zwamborn has published the novels Oploper (2000, Meulenhoff) and Vallend Hout (2004, Meulenhoff), the poetry book Het krieken van sepia (2008, Slibreeks), De duimsprong (2013, Van Oorschot) and seaweed anthology Wieren (2018, Van Oorschot). Her work has been translated into German and Swedish.