Jill Abram

Jill Abram is Director of Malika's Poetry Kitchen, a collective encouraging craft, community and development. She grew up in Manchester, travelled the world and now lives in Brixton. She regularly performs her poems in London and occasionally beyond, including Ledbury Poetry Festival, Paris and USA.  Print publications include: The Rialto, Magma, Finished Creatures, Fenland Reed, and online at The Poetry Shed, Harana, The Alchemy Spoon and Ink Sweat &Tears. Jill produces and presents a variety of poetry events and she created and curates the Stablemates series of poetry and conversation. 

Isabelle Baafi

Isabelle Baafi is a writer and poet from London. She was the winner of the 2019 Vincent Cooper Literary Prize, was shortlisted for the 2019 Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition, and was Commended in 2020 Verve Poetry Festival Competition. Her work has been published in The Poetry Review, Magma, Anthropocene, Finished Creatures, petrichor, and elsewhere. She is currently a Board Member at Magma. Her debut pamphlet, Ripe, will be published in November 2020 by ignition press.

Elaine Baker

Elaine Baker has a passion for inspiring the next generation of poets and works with young writers in secondary schools. She also runs poetry courses for adults. Elaine has been Poet-in-Residence at Nomura and the National Poetry Library, London. Her poetry has appeared in a range of places, including: The Emma Press Anthology of Contemporary Gothic Verse; Brittle Star; The North; Envoi; Mslexia; The Interpreter’s House; Proletarian Poetry and Snakeskin webzine. Her poetry pamphlet, Winter with Eva, was published by V Press in February 2020. Elaine has an MA in Writing Poetry from The Poetry School/Newcastle University. Her website is at: www.elaine-baker.com and she tweets @kitespotter. 

Malcom Ball

Malcolm Ball LRAM studied piano and later electronic music and composition at the Royal College of Music London. He has over 30 years experience as a professional musician working in many areas of the industry including recording, composing/arranging and performing many diverse musical genres from early music to contemporary in such venues as London’s South Bank, Royal Albert Hall, 100 Club and Ronnie Scott’s Club. He is an examiner and consultant for Trinity College London, as well as one of only a few exponents in the UK of the Ondes Martenot an early electronic instrument developed in France.

Henny Beaumont

Henny Beaumont is our 2020 Artist in Residence. Henny is an illustrator and political cartoonist. Author and illustrator of a Graphic Novel Hole in the Heart. Illustrator of the children’s book Equal to Everything. Her work appears in the Guardian, BBC, The Author and other publications. ACE award for second GN. Artist in residence- Hay and Stoke Newington festivals and Poets for the Planet. hennybeaumont.com

Elaine Beckett

Elaine Beckett's debut pamphlet Faber New Poets 13 is published by Faber & Faber. Her work has appeared in The Poetry Review, Ambit, The North, The New European etc. This year she was commissioned by Ledbury Festival, shortlisted for the Bridport International Poetry Competition, and long listed for the National Poetry Competition. Elaine has read for BBC Radio 3’s The Verb, and at festivals including the Cambridge, Ledbury, and Exeter Literary Festivals. She originally trained as a musician and holds a Phd from the University of York. Her 1st collection is forthcoming with Verve poetry Press in 2021

Maria Isakova Bennett

Maria, from Liverpool, creates the limited edition hand-stitched poetry journal, Coast to Coast to Coast, she is the author of three pamphlets: …an ache in each welcoming kiss, 2019; All of the Spaces, 2018; Caveat, 2015. She received a New North Poets’ Award, 2017, and was poet and artist-in-residence at Poetry in Aldeburgh, 2018. Maria collaborates with other poets on art/poetry projects, and has won, been placed and shortlisted in International Competitions including Winchester, Wigtown, Ver, Magma, Rebecca Swift, and the National Poetry Competition. In March 2020, with John Glenday, Maria launched a journal, mira, and accompanying artwork, Stitch Translations. https://www.mariaisakova.com  Twitter: @mariaizab  Instagram: mariaisakovab

Tara Bergin

Tara Bergin was born and grew up in Dublin, and moved to England in 2002. In 2012 she completed her PhD at Newcastle University on Ted Hughes’s translations of János Pilinszky. Her academic work includes talks given in Russia, Hungary and Poland. Her poems have appeared in Poetry Review, Poetry London, PN Review, Best British Poetry 2012 and Modern Poetry in Translation. A selection of her work also appears in the Carcanet anthology New Poetries V. Her debut collection, This is Yarrow (2013), is published by Carcanet Press, who also publish her second, The Tragic Death of Eleanor Marx (2017). This second collection was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize and the Forward Prize for Best Collection in 2017.

Sharon Black

Sharon Black is from Glasgow and lives in a remote valley of the Cévennes mountains of France. Her poetry is published widely in the UK and she has won many prizes for her work, most recently the Guernsey International Poetry Competition 2019 and The London Magazine Poetry Prizes 2019 and 2018. She is editor of Pindrop Press. Her two collections are To Know Bedrock (Pindrop, 2011) and The Art of Egg (Two Ravens, 2015; Pindrop, 2019). Her third is due out shortly. www.sharonblack.co.uk

Lee Ann Brown

Lee Ann Brown is a poet, curator, composer and singer. She is the author of five books of poetry, including Other Archer (PURH, 2015), In the Laurels, Caught (Fence, 2013), Crowns of Charlotte (Carolina Wren Press, 2013), The Sleep That Changed Everything (Wesleyan University Press, 2002) and Polyverse (Sun & Moon Press, 1999). Recent publications include a poem to the Luna Moth in The Literary Fieldguide to Southern Appalachia (University of Georgia Press, 2019) and a rewrite of Psalm 91 in Global Poemic. Fellowships and awards include the Judith E. Wilson Poetry Fellow at the University of Cambridge, the Lord Nose Award and Acker Award. She is founding Editrix of Tender Buttons Press, and teaches at St. John's University in New York City.

Carole Bromley

Carole Bromley lives in York, is the Stanza rep and tutor for Arvon, Garsdale, the Poetry Society and the Poetry School. She has three collections with Smith/Doorstop and a 4th (The Peregrine Falcons of York Minster) pub this year by Valley Press as well as a new pamphlet, Sodium 136, from Calder Valley. Carole writes for children as well as adults and has won a number of prizes including the Bridport and the 2019 Hamish Canham Award. www.carolebromleypoetry.co.uk Twitter: @CaroleBromley1

Julia Bird 

Julia Bird grew up in Gloucestershire and now lives in London where she works for The Poetry Society. Her two poetry collections with Salt Publishing are Hannah and the Monk (2008) and Twenty-four Seven Blossom (2013), and she recently published Paper Trail, a poetry artist's book with Mike Sims and Roy Willingham (Blown Rose, 2019). Now You Can Look, her Emma Press poetry pamphlet, was published in 2017. Through her company Jaybird Live Literature, she has produced eight touring poetry shows, and is currently working on a series of poetry films. more at www.juliabird.wordpress.com www.blownrose.uk Twitter: @juliamarybird / @abosimian  Instagram: @juliamarybird / @abosimian

Alan Buckley 

Alan Buckley is a poet, editor and poetry tutor. He was brought up on Merseyside, and now lives in Oxford. He has had two pamphlets published, Shiver (2009), and The Long Haul (2016), and his first full collection, Touched, has recently been published by HappenStance. His work has been highly commended in the Forward and Bridport prizes. He was previously on the editorial board of Ignition Press (based at the Oxford Brookes University Poetry Centre), and for many years was a school writer-in-residence for First Story. He is a psychotherapist, and specialises in trauma work with refugees.

Ian Burdge

Ian Burdge studied music at Surrey University, studying cello with Alexander Baillie. Since 2003 he has enjoyed a varied freelance career focussing primarily in the recording industry. He has played on more than 200 television and film soundtracks, inc. the Dark Knight, The Hobbit and Paddington, as well as recording for numerous artists and bands, inc. Radiohead, Florence and the Machine, Paul McCartney and Sam Smith. He is a regular member of Nitin Sawhney’s band, and also the Max Richter Ensemble. Recent live work has included Hans Zimmer, Stevie Wonder and U2.

Sue Burge

Sue Burge is a freelance creative writing and film studies tutor based in North Norfolk.  Her poems appear in a range of publications including The North, Mslexia, Magma, Under the Radar, Strix, Tears in the Fence, The Interpreter’s House, The Ekphrastic Review, Lighthouse and Poetry News.   She has featured in themed anthologies with poems on science fiction, modern Gothic, illness, Britishness, endangered birds, WWI and the current pandemic.  Her first collection In the Kingdom of Shadows (Live Canon) and debut pamphlet Lumière (Hedgehog Poetry Press) were published in 2018, followed by her second pamphlet The Saltwater Diaries in 2020.

www.sueburge.uk Twitter: @suekburge

Claire Crowther

Claire Crowther has published four collections of poetry. The first, Stretch of Closures, (2007, Shearsman) was shortlisted for the Aldeburgh Prize. She was awarded a bursary from Kingston University to write her second collection, The Clockwork Gift (2009, Shearsman). The fourth, Solar Cruise (2020, Shearsman) deals with groundbreaking research in solar power through a passionate personal lens and is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation for Spring 2020. Her current project is a collection of critical prose. She is Deputy and Reviews Editor of Long Poem Magazine. 

Olivia Dawson

Olivia Dawson lives between London and Lisbon and is The Poetry Society Stanza rep for the Lisbon area. Her debut pamphlet ‘Unfolded’ was published in September 2020 with Maytree Press. Originally from London, she has also lived in France and Brazil where she worked as an EFL teacher before moving to Portugal, on a romantic impulse, twenty five years ago. Poetry came like a ‘bolt out of the blue’ when she was studying English Literature and Creative Writing, as a very mature student, with the Open University. She went on to do an MA with Lancaster University and has been writing poetry ever since.

Joe Dunthorne

Joe Dunthorne was born and brought up in Swansea. His debut novel, Submarine, was translated into twenty languages and made into a film, directed by Richard Ayoade. His second novel, Wild Abandon, won the Encore Award 2012. His third novel was The Adulterants. His short stories have been published in McSweeney’s, The Paris Review, The Baffler and The Guardian. His first collection of poems, O Positive, was published by Faber & Faber in 2019. He lives in London.

Jennifer Edgecombe

Jennifer Edgecombe was born in Wolverhampton, grew up in Cornwall, and now lives on the Kent coast. Her debut poetry pamphlet The Grief of the Sea published in June 2020 from Broken Sleep Books. It features poems from her current research into the history of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), and Cornish and coastal histories. Her poems and reviews have appeared in Ambit, Caught by the River, Lighthouse, PN Review and Wild Court. She was longlisted for The Plough Poetry Prize in 2016.

Charlotte Eichler

Charlotte Eichler’s poems have appeared in magazines including The Island Review, PN Review, The Rialto and Stand. A selection of her work is forthcoming in Carcanet's New Poetries VIII anthology. In 2017 she was awarded a Poetry London mentorship with Vahni Capildeo and her debut pamphlet, Their Lunar Language, came out with Valley Press in 2018. Charlotte was born in Hertfordshire and now lives in West Yorkshire. She has a background in Medieval Studies, with a particular interest in Old Norse poetry, and works for the International Medieval Bibliography at the University of Leeds.

Lucia Dove

Lucia Dove writes poetry and non-fiction. Originally from Southend-on-Sea in Essex, she now lives in the Netherlands. Her debut poetry pamphlet Say cucumber was published in 2019 by Broken Sleep Books. Most recently, her poetry was included in the Dostoyevsky Cities: Amsterdam anthology edited by Nadia de Vries and published by Dostoyevsky Wannabe (2020). Her forthcoming book VLOED will be published in 2021 by Dunlin Press. A work of creative non-fiction, VLOED comprises historical analysis, poetry and photography to explore the shared cultural memory and landscape between Essex and the Netherlands, in relation to the North Sea flood of 1953. 

Alastair Gavin

Keyboardist, arranger, and composer for theatre, dance, TV and film. Keyboards presenter on BBC TV Rockschool 2. Live and studio keyboardist for artists including Mari Wilson, Sarah Jane Morris, the Michael Nyman Band, Red Box, Working Week, and Carol Grimes; and on various West End shows. Assistant musical director for the London production of Mamma Mia! until Aug 2016. Album of ambient analogue electronic music, Weathered Stone, released by Warner Chappells Nov 2018, with a new release forthcoming this winter. Since 2017 has co-hosted the All Saints Sessions poetry and electronics performance series with his wife, poet Cheryl Moskowitz.

Mina Gorji

Mina Gorji was born in Tehran and lives in Cambridge, where she is a senior lecturer in the English faculty and a fellow of Pembroke College. Her published work includes a study of John Clare, and essays on mess, weeds, littleness and listening. Her poems have appeared, among other places, in The Forward Book of Poetry (2020), Staying Alive (Bloodaxe, 2020), Magma, PN Review, London Magazine and The International Literary Quarterly. She has taught for The Poetry School  and in 2017, together with Lavinia Greenlaw, she judged the Resurgence (now Gingko) prize . Her debut collection is 'art of escape' (Carcanet, 2020). Twitter: @GorjiMina

Ramona Herdman

Ramona Herdman’s latest pamphlet, ‘A warm and snouting thing’, was published by The Emma Press in 2019. Her previous pamphlet, ‘Bottle’ (HappenStance Press), was a PBS Pamphlet Choice. She lives in Norwich and is a committee member for Café Writers. She is @ramonaherdman on Twitter. 

Ian Humphreys

Ian Humphreys lives in West Yorkshire. His debut poetry collection Zebra is with Nine Arches Press. His work is widely published in journals including The Poetry Review, The Rialto and Magma. Awards include first prize in the Hamish Canham Prize, and highly commended in the 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

Emma Hammond

Emma has self-published two pamphlets, softly softly catchy monkey and Sleeveless Errand. She also has three full collections, Tunth-sk by Flipped Eye publishing, The Story of No by Penned in the Margins and Waves on a Boring Beach by ZimZalla. Her next collection is called Valour and is being published early next year by Broken Sleep books.


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