Andy Jackson

Andy is from Salford but has lived in Scotland for thirty years. His third collection The Saints Are Coming was published 2020 by Blue Diode. His two previous collections The Assassination Museum and A Beginner’s Guide to Cheating plus several edited anthologies including Split Screen (2012) and Double Bill (2014) were published by Red Squirrel Press. He is also co-editor of the political poetry blog project New Boots and Pantisocracies (with WN Herbert) and Scotia Extremis (with Brian Johnstone). He was Makar to the Federation of Writers Scotland in 2017 and can be found at

Alex Josephy

Alex lives in London and Italy. Her collection, Naked Since Faversham, was published by Pindrop Press in May 2020. Other work includes her pamphlet Other Blackbirds, Cinnamon Press, 2016, and White Roads, poems set in Italy, Paekakariki Press, 2018. Her poems have won the McLellan and Battered Moons prizes, and have appeared in magazines and anthologies in the UK and Italy. As part of the Poetry School Mixed Borders scheme, she was poet-in-residence at Rainham Hall, Essex, and in Markham Square, London. Alex is a mentor for Cinnamon Press. She writes poetry reviews for London Grip and Envoi.

Lydia Kennaway

Lydia Kennaway’s pamphlet, A History of Walking, was published by HappenStance in April 2019 and reprinted in November 2019. She earned an MA in Writing Poetry from Newcastle University in 2019, with the Academic Prize for Best Overall Performance.  Lydia won the 2017 Flambard Poetry Prize, and in 2019 and 2020 she enjoyed Creative Retreats in Aldeburgh courtesy of Britten Pears Arts. Her event, ‘A Walk in the Words’, was part of the 2020 Leeds Lit Fest. Lydia’s work has appeared in ten anthologies, and in magazines including The Rialto, Raceme, Poetry & Audience, Strix and Ink Sweat & Tears.

L Kiew

A chinese-malaysian living in London, L Kiew earns her living as an accountant. She holds a MSc in Creative Writing and Literary Studies from Edinburgh University. In 2017 she took part in the Poetry School/London Parks and Gardens Trusts Mixed Borders Poets Residency Scheme and the Toast Poetry mentoring programme. She was shortlisted for 2017 Primers mentoring and publication scheme. Her debut pamphlet The Unquiet came out with Offord Road Books in 2019 and she was longlisted in the 2019 National Poetry Competition. She was a 2019/2020 London Library Emerging Writer. L Kiew is currently working towards a collection.

Charlotte Knight

Charlotte Knight is a British-Ukrainian poet. She has obtained a Bachelors in English with Creative Writing, and is currently studying a Masters in Creative & Life Writing, both at Goldsmiths, University of London. She has been commended in the National Poetry Competition (2019), shortlisted for the Outspoken Prize for Poetry (2020), and longlisted for the Women Poets’ Prize (2020). Her work has been featured in Magma, Screaming into a Horse’s Mouth, and Perverse, and centres around fertility, goats and the occult.

Ali Lewis

Ali Lewis is the author of Hotel (Verve, 2020). He received an Eric Gregory Award in 2018 and his poems have appeared in the New Statesman, the London Magazine, Poetry Review, Ambit, Prototype and elsewhere. He has a first-class degree in Politics from Cambridge, where he received the John Dunn and Precious Pearl Prizes, and an MA in Creative Writing from Goldsmiths. His collaborations with composers include ‘Familiar Objects’, shortlisted for the Ivan Juritz Award, and ‘The Orange Vendor’, out soon with Delphian Records. He’s Associate Editor of Poetry London and a Northern Bridge doctoral student at Durham University.

Jazmine Linklater

Jazmine Linklater’s new pamphlet is Figure a Motion (Guillemot Press, 2020). She has published two previous pamphlets, Toward Passion According (Zarf, 2017) and Découper, Coller (Dock Road, 2018). She is a co-founder of the queer feminist collective, No Matter, and facilitates creative writing workshops at Manchester's Waterside Arts Centre. In 2019 she was a Poetry London mentee with Vahni Capildeo, and is currently completing a part-time Master’s degree in literature at Manchester, focusing on ekphrasis. Jazmine works for Carcanet Press and T-Junction International Poetry Festival, and sits on the editorial board for Broken Sleep Books.

Rob A. MacKenzie

Rob A. Mackenzie is from Glasgow and lives in Leith. He is reviews editor for Magma Poetry magazine and has co-edited the magazine four times. He runs literary publisher, Blue Diode Press. His poems, reviews, translations and articles have appeared in The Dark Horse, The Farrar, Straus & Giroux Book of Twentieth Century Italian Poetry, Finished Creatures, Financial Times, The Guardian, The Poetry Review, Poetry London etc. His full poetry collections are The Opposite of Cabbage (Salt, 2009), The Good News (Salt, 2013) and The Book of Revelation, which was published by Salt in September 2020.

Andre Mangeot

André Mangeot has published three poetry collections, Natural Causes (2003), Mixer (2005) and Blood Rain (Seren, 2020) along with two books of short stories, A Little Javanese and True North (Salt, 2008 & 2010) and recently completed a novel.  For over ten years he was a member of the poetry performance group The Joy of Six.  He lives in Cambridge and, alongside his writing, works in the charity sector.  

Arji Manuelpillai

Arji Manuelpillai is a poet, performer and creative facilitator based in London. For over 15 years Arji has worked with community arts projects nationally and internationally. His debut pamphlet ‘Mutton Rolls’ was published by Out-Spoken Press in 2020. He is the 2019/2020 Jerwood Arvon mentee mentored by award winning poets Hannah Lowe and Wayne Holloway-Smith. Recently, his poetry has been published by magazines including Prole, Cannon’s Mouth, Strix, The Rialto, PoetryWales and The Lighthouse Journal. He has also been shortlisted for the BAME Burning Eye pamphlet Prize 2018, runner up in The Robert Graves Prize 2020, The Live Canon Prize 2020 and The Oxford Brookes Prize 2019. Arji is a member of Malika’s Poetry Kitchen and Stanza. Twitter: @theleano Instagram: @arjimanuelpillai

Martin Malone

Martin Malone lives in north-east Scotland. He has published three poetry collections: The Waiting Hillside (Templar, 2011), Cur (Shoestring, 2015), The Unreturning (Shoestring 2019) and a Selected Poems 2005 – 2020: Larksong Static (Hedgehog 2020). Also, a musician, songwriter and editor, he reviews for Poetry Ireland and has published academic work on Thomas Hardy’s short stories, Great War poetry and the relationship between Punk, Post-punk and contemporary poetry. He works with ASD and PMLD pupils and is a Teaching Fellow in Creative Writing at Aberdeen University. For five years between 2013 and 2017, he was editor of The Interpreter’s House journal.

Lorraine Mariner

Lorraine Mariner lives in London and works at the National Poetry Library. Her pamphlet, 'Bye For Now', was published by The Rialto in 2005 and in 2007 a poem published in ‘The Rialto’ magazine ‘Thursday’ was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem. Her collection 'Furniture' was published by Picador in 2009 and shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and the Seamus Heaney Centre Poetry Prize. Her second collection ‘There Will Be No More Nonsense’ was published by Picador in 2014. A chapbook ‘Anchorage’ has just been published by Grey Suit Editions.

Fokkina McDonnell

Dutch-born Fokkina McDonnell lives in Manchester and Wassenaar, the Netherlands. Her poems have been widely anthologized, published online and in a range of magazines, including The North, orbis, Magma, Poetry News, The Frogmore Papers, The Journal, Strix, Little Mslexia. Her competition successes include the Sonnet Prize in the 2012 Ware Poets Competition. One of her poems was nominated for the Forward Prize 2019. Fokkina received a Northern Writers’ Award for poetry from New Writing North in 2020. She has two poetry collections and a pamphlet. 

Jessica Mookherjee

Jessica is of Bengali origin, grew up in Wales and now lives in Kent. Her work appears in many journals including Agenda, Poetry Wales, The North, Rialto, Under the Radar, Birmingham Literary Review and in various anthologies including the forthcoming Bloodaxe’s Staying Human. Her pamphlets are The Swell (TellTale Press 2016) and Joyride (BLER Press 2017).  She was highly commended in the 2017 Forward Prize. Her first collection, Flood, was published by Cultured Llama in 2018 and her second, Tigress, by Nine Arches Press in 2019. She is a joint editor of Against the Grain Poetry Press. 

Cheryl Moskowitz

US-born writer with a background in theatre and psychoanalysis. As well as being a poet her writing includes plays, essays and a novel published by Granta. In Spring 2021 her pamphlet Maternal Impressions will be published by Against the Grain and The Corona Collection by Troika Books. Her poems can be found in many UK and US literary magazines. She runs writing projects in schools and the wider community, including prisons and health centres. She is an arts therapy supervisor in forensics for the NHS. She is also an editor at Magma and her poem ‘Hotel Grief’ was commended in 2019 National Poetry Competition.


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