Biographies of contributors


Katrina Naomi

Katrina Naomi received an Authors’ Foundation award from the Society of Authors for her third full collection, Wild Persistence, (Seren, June 2020). Katrina has published four pamphlets of poetry, including the Japan-themed Typhoon Etiquette (Verve Poetry Press, 2019). Her poetry has appeared on Radio 4’s Front Row and Poetry Please, and on Poems on the Underground. Katrina was the first poet-in-residence at the Brontë Parsonage Museum and was highly commended in the 2017 Forward Prize for Poetry. She has a PhD in creative writing (Goldsmiths) and tutors for Arvon, Tŷ Newydd and the Poetry School. She lives in Cornwall.

Miriam Nash

Miriam Nash is a poet, performer and educator. Her first collection of poems All the Prayers in the House was published by Bloodaxe Books (2017). It won a Somerset Maugham Award (2018) and an Eric Gregory Award (2015) from the Society of Authors and was runner-up for the Edwin Morgan Award (2016). Her latest book, The Nine Mothers of Heimdallr (Hercules Editions, 2020) is a giant, matriarchal re-telling of the Norse creation myth. She performs and teaches internationally, supporting children and adults to find confidence in their creativity. Twitter: @miriamnash

Serge  Neptune

Serge ♆ Neptune has been called ‘the little merman of British poetry’. He is a London-based queer poet. His work has appeared in Finished Creatures, Perverse, Anthropocene, whynow, Harana Poetry, Lighthouse, Banshee, Spontaneous Poetics, Brittle Star, Ink Sweat & Tears and Strange Poetry. He has been commissioned to write a piece by the London Science Museum. His first pamphlet is These Queer Merboys, published with Broken Sleep. He is the creator and host of Neptune’s Glitter House for WayWard Poets, a poetry broadcast. 

Christopher North

A retired Chartered Surveyor since 2002, when he wife Marisa, moved to Spain to facilitate writing retreats and courses at ‘Almassera Vella’ in Relleu, Alicante. ( His first collection ‘A Mesh of Wires’  was short-listed for the UK’s ‘Forward Prize’ in 1999. five collections since, his latest ‘The Topiary of Passchendaele’ a winner in the UK Poetry Business competition 2018. He chairs Poetry Society’s ‘Stanza Alacant’ now in its 13th year. He is currently working on a monograph exploring his diary entries from a long connection with the ‘Way With Words Literary Festival’ in  Dartington , Devon.

Louise Peterkin

Louise Peterkin is a poet and editor from Edinburgh. Her poems have appeared in many publications including The Dark Horse, Magma, New Writing Scotland, The North and The Scotsman.  In 2016 she was a recipient of a New Writers Award from the Scottish Book Trust in the poetry category. She is the co-editor, along with Rob. A Mackenzie of Spark: Poetry and Art Inspired by the Novels of Muriel Spark. She is the assistant poetry editor for The Interpreters House. Her first poetry collection The Night Jar was published by Salt in 2020.

Sue Wallace-Shaddad

Sue Wallace-Shaddad lives in Suffolk following an international career with the British Council. She has just completed the Newcastle University/Poetry School London MA in Writing Poetry. Her short collection about Sudan, ‘A City Waking Up’, was published by Dempsey and Windle in October 2020. Sue also has poems published by London Grip, Brittle Star, Ink Sweat & Tears, Hybrid Press and Poetry Space. She has a particular interest in writing in response to art and is collaborating with the artist Sula Rubens.  Sue is Secretary of Suffolk Poetry Society and helps organise many poetry events in Suffolk.

Mike Sims

Mike Sims has been a collaborator on many art and poetry projects, including Paper Trail (Blown Rose, 2019) with Julia Bird, and the artist’s books Letter of Advice to Amy by Joseph Cornell (2017) and Restrukturanta La Mezepoka Libro (2019) with Roy Willingham. His work has appeared in the group exhibitions Things that are there, Ground Work and By the way. The latter included his artist’s book 8 Divagations (2020), letterpress printed at Paekakariki Press. He was co-founder of The Illustrated Ape magazine. He was born on the Wirral, lives in London and is Publishing Manager at The Poetry Society.

Richard Skinner 

Richard Skinner’s poetry first appeared in the Faber anthology First Pressings (1998) and since then in anthologies for William Blake, John Berger, CALM and Médicines Sans Frontières. He has published three books of poems with Smokestack: ‘the light user scheme’ (2013), ‘Terrace’ (2015) & ‘The Malvern Aviator’ (2018). His next book, ‘Invisible Sun’, will be published by Smokestack in June 2021.

Martha Sprackland

Martha Sprackland is a writer, editor, and translator from Spanish. She is founder–editor of award-winning small press Offord Road Books, an editor at Unbound, and Poetry Editor for Poetry London. Winner of an Eric Gregory Award in 2014, she has published two pamphlets, Glass As Broken Glass (Rack, 2017) and Milk Tooth (Rough Trade Books, 2018). Martha’s debut collection of poems, Citadel (Pavilion Poetry, 2020), was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. She is currently writing fiction.

Katherine Stansfield

Katherine Stansfield grew up in Cornwall and now lives in Cardiff. Her poems have appeared in The North, Magma, Poetry Wales, The Interpreter's House, And Other Poems, Butcher's Dog, and as ‘Poem of the Week’ in The Guardian. Katherine’s debut Playing House (2014), a pamphlet All That Was Wood (2019), and her second full-length collection We Could Be Anywhere By Now (2020), are all published by Seren. Katherine is the recipient of a Writer’s Bursary from Literature Wales. She teaches for the Open University and was a Royal Literary Fund Fellow. She is also a novelist. Twitter: @K_Stansfield

Emma Storr

Emma Storr trained as a doctor and has an MPhil in Writing from the University of South Wales. Her poems have featured in several anthologies and poetry magazines including The Hippocrates Prize Anthologies of 2016, 2018, & 2020, These are the Hands: poems from the heart of the NHS 2020, Bloody Amazing 2020, Strix Nos. 2, 3 & 4 and Pennine Platform 2019 & 2020.  She regularly reviews poetry for the online magazine London Grip. Her debut pamphlet Heart Murmur was published by Calder Valley Poetry in 2019. 

Philip Terry

Philip Terry was born in Belfast, and is a poet, translator, and a writer of fiction.  He has translated the work of Georges Perec and Raymond Queneau, and is the author of the novel tapestry, shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize. His poetry volumes include Oulipoems, Shakespeare’s Sonnets, Dante’s Inferno, and Dictator, a version of the Epic of Gilgamesh in Globish.  He is currently translating Ice Age signs from the caves at Lascaux. The Penguin Book of Oulipo, which he edited, is published in Penguin Modern Classics in 2020.

Claudine Toutoungi

Claudine Toutoungi’s debut collection Smoothie (2017) and her second collection Two Tongues (2020) are published by Carcanet. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, PN Review, The Guardian, and elsewhere. Claudine’s plays Bit Part and Slipping ran at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, and Slipping featured in New York’s Lark Play Centre’s HotINK series and was a Best Play Finalist in the 2015 Audio Drama Awards. She has written multiple other audio dramas for BBC Radio including Deliverers, This Is Your Country Now Too: Mira, sseasons of Home Front, the comedy drama series The Inheritors, and several dramatizations.

Kostya Tsolakis

Kostya Tsolakis is a London-based poet and journalist, born and raised in Athens, Greece. A Warwick Writing Programme graduate, his poems have been published in Magma, perverse, The Scores, Under the Radar and Wasafiri, among others. In 2019 he won the Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition (EAL category). He is founding editor of harana poetry, the online magazine for poets writing in English as a second language, and is a poetry editor at Ambit. His debut poetry pamphlet, Ephebos, will be published by ignitionpress in November 2020.

Rebecca Watts

Rebecca Watts was born in Suffolk in 1983 and currently lives in Cambridge, where she works in a library and as a freelance editor. In 2014 she took part in The Poetry Trust’s Aldeburgh Eight scheme for developing poets, and in 2015 a selection of her work was included in Carcanet’s New Poetries VI anthology. Her debut collection, The Met Office Advises Caution (Carcanet, 2016), was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and was shortlisted for the 2017 Seamus Heaney Centre First Collection Prize. Her second collection, Red Gloves, was published by Carcanet in 2020.

Heidi Williamson

Heidi Williamson is an Advisory Fellow for the Royal Literary Fund. She is a Poetry Surgeon for The Poetry Society and teaches for The Poetry School, National Centre for Writing and The Writing Coach. She mentors poets by Skype worldwide. Her first collection, Electric Shadow (Bloodaxe, 2011), was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize. The Print Museum won the 2016 East Anglian Book Award for Poetry. Her third collection Return by Minor Road (Bloodaxe, 2020) revisits her time living in Dunblane at the time of the Primary School shooting and its aftermath.  Twitter: @heidiwilliamson

Jennifer Wong

Born and grew up in Hong Kong, Jennifer is the author of Goldfish (Chameleon Press) and Diary of a Miu Miu Salesgirl (Bitter Melon Poetry 2019). Her latest collection, 回家 Letters Home (Nine Arches Press 2020)—which explores the complexities of history, migration and translation—has been named the PBS Wild Card Choice by Poetry Book Society and ‘of butterflies’ has been Highly Commended in the 2020 Forward Prizes. She studied in Oxford and has an MA in creative writing from University of East Anglia. She earned a creative writing PhD from Oxford Brookes University where she lectures part time.

Luke Samuel Yates

Luke Samuel Yates has pamphlets with The Rialto (The Pair of Scissors that Could Cut Anything) and Smith-Doorstop (The Flemish Primitives, a winner of the 2014/15 Poetry Business Book and Pamphlet Prize). His poems have appeared in various magazines, anthologies and situations: the London Underground, Radio 4, and from inside a box at the late Philadelphia Institute for Advanced Studies, where he launched a chapbook written in three weeks. Luke lives and works in Manchester. 

Michael Schmidt

Michael Schmidt, born in Mexico City, is a poet, a novelist, a translator, and an academic. He has written more than 15 books, including five collections of poetry, the latest of which, New and Collected Poems, was published in 2009. His work showcases his extensive breadth of knowledge, often drawing from a multitude of disparate sources ranging from Homer to Boris Pasternak. John Fuller describes Schmidt’s writing as having “natural enthusiasm … melancholy precision and imagination.” Helen Dunmore echoes Fuller’s characterization of the sentiment in Schmidt’s work with her assertion that he is “always a stringent poet, never shy of painful truth.” Schmidt is the founder, editor, and managing director of Carcanet Press Limited and general editor of PN Review.