Biographies of contributors


Polly Atkin

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Polly Atkin is a poet and nonfiction writer, living in the English Lake District. Her first poetry collection Basic Nest Architecture (Seren: 2017) is followed by Much With Body (Seren, 2021), a PBS Winter 2021 recommendation. She has also published three pamphlets: bone song (Aussteiger, 2008), Shadow Dispatches (Seren, 2013) and With Invisible Rain (New Walk: 2018).


Tiffany Atkinson

Tiffany Atkinson was born in Berlin in 1972 to an army family, and lived in Wales after moving to Cardiff to take a PhD in Critical Theory. After teaching at Aberystwyth University for some years, she is now Professor in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia.

She won the Cardiff Academi International Poetry Competition in 2001. Her first collection, Kink and Particle (Seren, 2006), a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, won the Jerwood Aldeburgh First Collection Prize and was shortlisted for the Glen Dimplex New Writers Award. Catulla et al (Bloodaxe Books, 2011), her second collection, was shortlisted for the Roland Mathias Poetry Award (Wales Book of the Year) in 2012 and was a TLS Book of the Year. Her third collection, So Many Moving Parts (Bloodaxe Books, 2014), was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, and won the Roland Mathias Poetry Award (Wales Book of the Year) in 2015.  She won a Cholmondeley Award in 2022, a prize which recognises a poet's body of work.

She is the editor of a theoretical textbook, The Body: A Reader (2003), and has strong research interests in the medical humanities, especially the history of anatomy and representations of the body. Her fourth collection, Lumen (Bloodaxe Books, 2021), also a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, includes a sequence exploring representations of pain, illness and recovery – work that won the 2014 Medicine Unboxed Prize. She is currently working on a series of critical essays about ‘the poetics of embarrassment’.

Dean Atta

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Dean Atta is a British author from London. He is a Malika's Poetry Kitchen member, National Poetry Day ambassador and LGBT+ History Month patron. Dean’s poems have been highly commended by the Forward Prizes for Poetry and shortlisted for the Bridport Poetry Prize and Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition. His books have been praised by the likes of Bernardine Evaristo, Benjamin Zephaniah and Malorie Blackman. 


Dean’s debut poetry collection was shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize and his novel in verse, The Black Flamingo (Hodder Children’s Books, 2019), won the Stonewall Book Award and was shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal, Jhalak Prize, Los Angeles Times Book Prize and Waterstones Children’s Book Award. His second novel, Only on the Weekends (Hodder Children’s Books), came out in spring 2022. His second poetry collection, There is (still) love here, is out now with Nine Arches Press.

Jay Bernard

Jay Bernard is a British artist, writer, and poet from Croydon, London. Their multimedia performance work Surge: Side A received the 2017 Ted Hughes Award for new poetry. They co-authored Not Quite Right For Us, a volume of stories, essays, and poems by several writers edited by Sharmilla Beezmohun. They have also been shortlisted for several prizes including the T.S. Eliot Prize and the RSL Ondaatje Prize.

Alice Bridgwood

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Alice Bridgwood is a content creator and digital communications strategist specialising in the non-profit sector. She has run award-winning global campaigns on women's and LGBTQ+ rights for clients such as Medicin sans Frontieres and the United nations, and worked in lead editorial roles for nonprofits including the National Literacy Trust and International Planned Parenthood. Passionate about the intersection between tech and civil society, she is strategic advisor to several start-ups in the online education and mental health spaces. Her latest campaign for digital library internet Archive received coverage in in hundreds of international news outlets and was nominated for a Webby award.

Stewart Carswell


Stewart Carswell grew up in the Forest of Dean. He currently lives and works and writes in Cambridgeshire, where he also co-hosts the Fen Speak open mic night, supporting writers from across the Fens. He studied Physics at Southampton University, and has a PhD from the University of

Bristol, and he approaches writing poetry with the mindset of a scientist. His poems have recently been published in Under the Radar, Dreich, Ink Sweat & Tears, and The Lighthouse; and he has performed poetry at the Cheltenham Poetry Festival, Gloucester Poetry Festival, The Troubadour, around Cambridge and East Anglia, and at various outdoor locations in the Forest of Dean and Bristol. His pamphlet "Knots andbranches" was published in 2016, and his debut full-length collection "Earthworks" was published by Indigo Dreams in 2021.  Twitter: @stewcarswell

Jessica Jane Charleston

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Jessica Jane Charleston is an artist based in London who grew up in Suffolk. Jessica graduated from the Royal Drawing School in 2017 and considers drawing to be at the heart of her work. In 2020 she was awarded the Young Artist Award from the Royal Watercolour Society which encouraged her to delve deeper into painting on paper. She draws her dreams, her son, her imagination, herself. These drawings act as a starting point for her paintings, prints, books and clay figures. Her work often focuses on the female form and the ideas of womanhood and more recently - motherhood.

Elizabeth Cook

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Elizabeth Cook is a poet, fiction writer, and librettist.  She is the author of Achilles ('a terrifying, erotic tour de force', Observer), and Lux, a novel which embraces the stories of David and Bathsheba and the Tudor poet, Thomas Wyatt. ('Hugely ambitious and very beautiful', Saturday Review).  She has published two full collections of poetry, Bowl and When I Kiss the Sky,  as well as a pamphlet, The Sound of the Rain. She lived in Suffolk for ten years and was St Edmundsbury Cathedral's first Writer in Residence.

Sarah Corbett

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Sarah Corbett has published 5 collections of poetry, most recently A Perfect Mirror (Pavilion Poetry/Liverpool University Press, 2018). She is co-editor of After Sylvia: New Poems and Essays in Celebration of Sylvia Plath (forthcoming from Nine Arches Press, 2022). Her work has been shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot and Forward Poetry Prizes, and widely translated and anthologised. Sarah Is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Lancaster

Sarala Estruch

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Sarala Estruch is a writer and poet of mixed European and Indian heritage. Her debut pamphlet Say (flipped eye, 2021) was a Poetry School Book of the Year and was described as an ‘extraordinary debut’ by the Poetry Book Society. Her poetry, creative non-fiction, and reviews have been widely published in outlets including The Poetry Review, Wasafiri, and The Guardian, and has been featured on BBC Radio 3’s The Verb. Sarala is currently a recipient of the JIC Davies Studentship at the University of Liverpool and is researching contemporary British Punjabi and British mixed heritage poetry. She lives in London. 

Finished Creatures Magazine


Finished Creatures is an independent, printed poetry magazine that engages with ecopoetry, environmental concerns and the place of human experience within the wider natural world. The magazine is four years old and has published work from over 200 international poets in that time, including experienced and prize-winning poets as well as those at the beginning of their career.  Design and production values reflect the high quality of the content. Finished Creatures is designed, edited and produced by Jan Heritage who has a background in publishing and copywriting.  She also has poems published in a variety of UK magazines.    Twitter:  @FinishedPoetry   Insta: @finishedcreaturespoetry

John Freeman


John Freeman‘s poems have been widely published in magazines and anthologies and in twelve collections, the latest of which is Plato’s Peach (Worple Press, 2021). Other titles include What Possessed Me (Worple), Strata Smith and the Anthropocene (KFS), both 2016, and White Wings: New and Selected Prose Poems (Contraband, 2013). He grew up in south London and lives in Wales where he taught for many years at Cardiff University.

Kate Fletcher

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Kate Fletcher (PhD) is a Professor at the Royal Danish Academy, Copenhagen. She is one of the most cited scholars in fashion and sustainability, and her work, including that on post-growth fashion, fashion localism and Earth Logic, defines and challenges the field. She has written and/or edited ten books available in eight languages, the latest of which, Outfitting, is with Helen Mort. Kate is a co-founder of the Union of Concerned Researchers in Fashion. Her most recent work is about design, clothing and nature.

Mina Gorji

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I was born in Iran and live in Cambridge. My debut collection, Art of Escape (Carcanet) was published in January 2020 and was a Telegraph Book of the Month (January) and a Guardian Poetry Book of the Month (February).  Poems have also appeared in a number of magazines including Magma, London Magazine, PN Review and International Literary Quarterly, and in New Poetries V.  Together with Lavinia Greenlaw I judged the Resurgence Poetry Prize (2017). As well as writing poetry I  lecture in the English Faculty, Cambridge and am co-director of the Centre for John Clare Studies.  

Rebecca Goss


Rebecca Goss is a poet, tutor and mentor living in Suffolk. Her first full-length collection, The Anatomy of Structures, was published by Flambard Press in 2010. Her second collection, Her Birth (Carcanet/Northern House, 2013), was shortlisted for the 2013 Forward Prize for Best Collection, won the Poetry category in the East Anglian Book Awards 2013, and in 2015 was shortlisted for the Warwick Prize for Writing and the Portico Prize for Literature. In 2014, Rebecca was selected for the Poetry Book Society’s Next Generation Poets. Her second pamphlet Carousel, a collaboration with the photographer Chris Routledge, was published by Guillemot Press in 2018. Rebecca’s third full-length collection, Girl, was published with Carcanet/Northern House in 2019 and shortlisted for the East Anglian Book Awards 2019. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Cardiff University and a PhD by Publication from the University of East Anglia. She was a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge 2020-22 and at the University of Suffolk 2022-23.

Martin Hayden


Martin Hayden, brought up in Dorset, taught English in New Zealand and then in England, and now lives in Suffolk. He is a member of the Religious Society of Friends. In recent years he has frequently spent time on Iona in the Western Isles of Scotland, as well as revisiting New Zealand. He is a keen amateur pianist, has climbed 67 Munros and hopes to get to at least 75. He has had poems in Smiths Knoll, The North, Scintilla, and PNReview. His Iona pamphlet, Good Ground Beneath My Feet (2020), and his first collection, Green Burial, both from the Garlic Press, came out in 2020.

Ramona Herdman

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Ramona Herdman’s latest pamphlet, ‘A warm and snouting thing’, focussing on love, lust and sexual politics, was published by The Emma Press in September 2019. Her previous pamphlet ‘Bottle’, was published by HappenStance Press. It was the Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice Spring 2018 and one of the Poetry School’s Books of the Year 2017. She won the Poetry Society’s Hamish Canham prize 2017. Her first collection ‘Come what you wished for’ was published by Egg Box. She lives in Norwich and is a committee member for Café Writers. 

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Hannah Hodgson

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Hannah Hodgson is a poet living with life-limiting illness. Her work has been published by the Poetry SocietyTeen Vogue and Poetry Saltzburg, amongst others. She is the recipient of a 2020 Northern Writers Award for Poetry. Her first poetry pamphlet Dear Body was published by Wayleave Press in 2018. Where I'd Watch Plastic Trees Not Grow was published by Verve Poetry Press in 2021

Holly Hopkins

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Holly Hopkins grew up in Berkshire, grew up even more in London and now lives in Manchester. Holly’s first collection The English Summer (Penned in the Margins) is shortlisted for the Forward Prizes for Best First Collection and was awarded the Poetry Book Society’s Special Commendation. Her debut pamphlet, Soon Every House Will Have One, won the Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition and Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice. Holly has been an assistant editor of The Rialto. She has received an Eric Gregory Award, a Hawthornden Fellowship and was shortlisted for the Women Poets’ Prize. Her poems feature in Carcanet New Poetries VIII and have been published in The Guardian, The Telegraph and The TLS.  

Maria Isakova Bennett

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Maria, from Liverpool, is a writer and artist, she won the Poetry Society's Peggy Poole Award 2020, a New North Poets’ Award 2017/18, and was poet and artist in residence at Poetry in Aldeburgh in 2018. Since 2020, Maria has been writer in residence for Mersey Care Life Rooms NHS Trust, and she founded, creates and edits the hand-stitched poetry journal and art project, Coast to Coast to Coast. Maria has published 5 pamphlets - the latest are 'Mira', a collaboration with John Glenday, and Painting the Mersey in 17 Canvases (Hazel Press, 2022) 


Shakiah K Johnson

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Shakiah K Johnson is a Black american poet and actor from Lynchburg Virginia. She recently completed her masters of Poetry at university of East Anglia.

Lisa Kelly

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Lisa Kelly’s second collection, The House of the Interpreter (Carcanet) is forthcoming from Carcanet in 2023. Her first collection, A Map Towards Fluency (Carcanet 2019), was shortlisted for the Michael Murphy Memorial Poetry Prize 2021. She is co-Chair of Magma Poetry. She has been studying British Sign Language (BSL) for several years and has a Signature Level 6 qualification in BSL. Her poems have been selected for anthologies, including the Forward Book of Poetry. In 2021, she co-edited What Meets the Eye, an anthology of poetry and short fiction by UK Deaf, deaf and Hard of Hearing writers for Arachne Press.

The Kinara Collective

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From the Left: Sarala Estruch, Anita Pati, Gita Ralleigh, and Rushika Wick 

Kinara, (meaning border, shoreline or edge in Hindi/Urdu), is a collective of women poets with inherited histories of migration and South Asian identities. Sarala Estruch, Anita Pati, Gita Ralleigh, and Rushika Wick will be reading.

Sarala Estruch (debut pamphlet Say, flipped eye 2021; debut collection Nine Arches Press 2023),

Anita Pati (debut collection Hiding to Nothing, Pavilion Poetry, May 2022),

Gita Ralleigh ( debut collection A Terrible Thing, Bad Betty 2020),

Rushika Wick (debut collection Afterlife As Trash, Verve 2021)

Shash Trevett (debut pamphlet From A Borrowed Land, Smith/Doorstop 2021). (Not Reading)

Karl Knights

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Karl Knights is a freelance journalist who has appeared on The Victoria Derbyshire Show, BBC Breakfast, ITV News, CNN International and various radio shows. His prose and poetry has appeared in The Guardian, The Dark Horse, The North and Under The Radar.  He was highly commended in the Suffolk Young Poets Competition three times, and a winner of Verve's 2019 Poetry Festival Competition. He is twenty-three and lives in Suffolk.

John Lynch


John Lynch was born and grew up in Ipswich. After graduating from the University of Kent with a degree in History and Philosophy, he lived in London for seven years, working first as a playleader and later – having completed his City and Guilds at Hackney College – as a carpenter. On moving back to Ipswich in 1987, he embarked on a career in primary education and was a headteacher at two Suffolk schools.


As a teacher, he particularly specialised in children’s poetry writing. He ran a highly successful Writers’ Club: so many children winning prizes in national and regional poetry competitions that this was the subject of one of the BBC’s Bookworm programmes.


As well as poems for children published in various anthologies, he has written articles and reviews for a number of educational publications including Books for Keeps, Changing English, Primary English and The Montessori Courier.


His pamphlet, A Gap in the Railings, by The Garlic Press, was published in 2016.


These Days is his first full collection.

Magma Poetry

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Magma is a unique poetry magazine which has a different theme and different editors for each issue. Magma publishes the best in contemporary poetry, housing established poets alongside new or little-known names. As well as poetry we include reviews of current publications and thought-provoking prose.Magma is published three times a year in spring, summer and winter.

Arji Manuelpillai


Arji Manuelpillai is a poet, performer and creative facilitator based in London. His poetry has appeared in magazines including Poetry Wales, The Rialto and Bath Magg, and his debut pamphlet, Mutton Rolls, was published with Out-Spoken Press. Arji was shortlisted for the Out-Spoken Prize, the Live Canon Prize, the National Poetry Prize and the Winchester Prize, and was runner-up in the Robert Graves Prize. He is a member of Malika’s Poetry Kitchen and London Stanza, received an Arts Council England award to develop his creative practice, and worked with Hannah Lowe as part of the Jerwood Arvon Mentoring Programme. Arji's new collection is due in October with Penned in the Margins.

Gail McConnell


Gail McConnell is from Belfast. Her debut poetry book, The Sun is Open (Penned in the Margins, 2021), won the The John Pollard Foundation International Poetry Award and The Christopher Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize. She has also published Northern Irish Poetry and Theology and two poetry pamphlets: Fothermather and Fourteen. With Conor Garrett, Gail has made two arts features based on her poetry for BBC Radio 4: Fothermather and The Open Box. 

Fokkina McDonnell

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After half a century in the UK, Fokkina McDonnell now lives near The Hague, The
Netherlands. Her poems have been widely anthologised, broadcast, published online and in a
range of magazines in the UK, the Republic of Ireland, and the US. Her competition
successes include the Sonnet Prize in the Ware Poets Competition.
She has two poetry collections: Another life (Oversteps Books Ltd, 2016) and Nothing
serious, nothing dangerous (Indigo Dreams Publishing, 2019) and a pamphlet A Stolen Hour
(Grey Hen Press, 2020). Fokkina received a Northern Writers’ Award for poetry from New
Writing North in 2020 for the manuscript of Remembering / Disease. Broken Sleep Books
published the collection in October 2022.
On her website Fokkina features the work of fellow poets. She
had a special interest in haiku and tanka and reviews for Presence magazine.

Sarah Mnatazaganian

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Sarah Mnatzaganian is an Anglo Armenian poet based in Ely.  Her debut pamphlet, Lemonade in the Armenian Quarter (Against the Grain Poetry Press) won the Saboteur Best Poetry Pamphlet Award 2022. Her work has appeared in The North, The Rialto, Poetry News, Poetry Wales, Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry Salzburg, Magma, The Frogmore Papers, The Alchemy Spoon, 14 Magazine, The Fenland Journal, The Journal, Pennine Platform, London Grip, Atrium, Ink Sweat & Tears, The Friday Poem, Poems in the Waiting Room and several anthologies.  She won the Spelt nature poetry competition in 2021.  

Helen Mort


Helen is an award-winning author based in Sheffield. She has published two poetry collections (Division Street, 2013 and No Map Could Show Them, 2016), a debut novel (Black Car Burning, 2019), a short story collection (Exire, 2019) and also writes drama and creative non fiction. She has been shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and Costa Prize and won the Fenton Aldeburgh Prize in 2015,  appearing regularly on BBC radio and sometimes on TV. Helen has taught creative writing for over ten years and is a Senior Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University. She offers freelance mentoring and run workshops. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

André Naffis-Sahely


André Naffis-Sahely's latest collection is 'High Desert' (Bloodaxe Books, 2022). He is also the author of 'The Promised Land: Poems from Itinerant Life' (Penguin UK, 2017) and the editor of 'The Heart of a Stranger: An Anthology of Exile Literature' (Pushkin Press, 2020). He has translated over twenty titles of fiction, poetry and nonfiction, and his writing appears regularly in the pages of the Times Literary Supplement, and Poetry (Chicago), among others. He is a Lecturer at the University of California, Davis in the US and the editor of Poetry London in the UK.


Kate Noakes

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Host of the Open Mic this year is Kate Noakes. Kate co-founded the extremely successful Paris open mic night, Paris Lit Up, and she is the occasional host of Reading's Poets' Cafe. Her most recent collection is The Filthy Quiet (Parthian), which she read from at Aldeburgh in 2019. Goldhawk Road is forthcoming from Two Rivers Press in February 2023. Her first non-fiction title, Real Hay-on-Wye, was published by Seren in 2022.

Kathy Pimlott


Kathy Pimlott’s collection, the small manoeuvres, was published by Verve Poetry Press in 2022. She has two pamphlets with the Emma Press, Elastic Glue​, (2019) and Goose Fair Night (2016). Her poems have been published widely in magazines and anthologies, most recently, in the Poetry Archive’s Wordview 2020 Winners Collection and in the Live Canon Poetry Competition anthology 2021 and forthcoming in 2022.  Born and raised in Nottingham, Kathy has lived in Seven Dials, Covent Garden, home of the broadsheet and the ballad, for 40+ years.

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Stav Poleg

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Stav Poleg's debut poetry collection, The City, was published with Carcanet, March 2022. Her poetry has appeared on both sides of the Atlantic, in The New Yorker, Kenyon Review, Poetry London, Poetry Ireland Review, PN Review and elsewhere. A selection of her work is featured in New Poetries VIII (Carcanet, 2021). Her graphic-novel installation, “Dear Penelope: Variations on an August Morning,” created with artist Laura Gressani, was acquired by the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Her theatre work was read at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, and the Shunt Vaults, London, and most recently at Kettle’s Yard gallery, Cambridge. She serves on the editorial board of Magma Poetry magazine and teaches for the Poetry School on a range of subjects including poetry inspired by the Divine Comedy, the Odyssey and the cinema of Fellini. She lives in Cambridge, UK.

D. A. Prince


D. A. Prince lives in Leicestershire and London. She read English Language and Literature at Reading University, trained as a librarian and subsequently worked in teaching and educational administration. Writing was always a parallel life, with poetry and reviews published in a range of literary magazines

She has three full collections from HappenStance—the second, Common Ground, won the East Midlands Book Award, 2015. The most recent is The Bigger Picture, due out in November 2022.

Shazea Quraishi

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Shazea Quraishi is a Pakistani-born Canadian poet and translator based in London.  Her poems have appeared in UK and US publications and periodicals including The Guardian, The Financial Times, Poetry Review, Modern Poetry in Translation, & The Hudson Review, and anthologized in ‘The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write’ among others. Collections include The Courtesans Reply (flipped eye publishing, 2012), The Art of Scratching (Bloodaxe Books, 2015), and The Taxidermist (Verve Poetry Press, 2020).


In her latest book, The Glimmer (Bloodaxe Books, Sept 2022), a taxidermist meditates on the timespan of life, alongside a polyvocal exploration of the artistic impulse to make work and meaning in a world where value is increasingly monetized.  


Shazea is a trustee on the board of English PEN, and on the committee of the Poetry and Spoken Word Group of the Society of Authors. A Complete Works I alumna, she is a tutor with the Poetry School and an on-going artist in residence with Living Words, an arts and literature organisation that works with marginalised people impacted by a dementia or ongoing mental health concerns. 

Vanessa Raison

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MA Creative Writing UEA 2021/2. Head of Media Camden School 2005 - 2011; English and Creative Writing Teacher before 1991- 2004. Acland Burghley 2011 - 2017. Copyrighter for PlayBack (Mel Smith and Griff-Rhys Jones Talking Heads) and journalist on The List, Time Out, MediaMag. 

Padraig Regan

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Padraig Regan is the author of two poetry pamphlets: Delicious (Lifeboat, 2016) and Who Seemed Alive & Altogether Real (Emma Press, 2017). In 2015, they were a recipient of an Eric Gregory Award, the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary Prize in 2020, and the Clarissa Luard Award in 2021. Their first book Some Integrity was published by Carcanet in 2022.

Stephen Sexton

Stephen Sexton’s first book, If All the World and Love Were Young was the winner of the Forward Prize for Best First Collection in 2019 and the Shine / Strong Award for Best First Collection. He was awarded the E.M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature in 2020. He was the winner of the National Poetry Competition in 2016 and the recipient of an Eric Gregory Award in 2018. Cheryl’s Destinies was published in 2021, and was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection.

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Daniel Sluman


Daniel Sluman is a 35-year-old poet and disability rights activist. He co-edited the first major UK Disability poetry anthology ‘Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back’ and he has appeared widely in U.K. poetry journals. He has three poetry collections published by Nine Arches Press and his most recent book, ‘single window’, was released in 2021 and was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize.

Elizabeth Soule

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Elizabeth Soule studied English Literature and Philosophy at Nottingham University and taught English in high schools throughout her working life. She is chair of Suffolk Poetry Society of which she has been a member for many years. Her poetry has been published in a number of anthologies and magazines.

Christopher Soto


Christopher Soto (b. 1991) is a poet based in Los Angeles, California. His debut poetry collection, Diaries of a Terrorist, was published by Copper Canyon Press. This collection demands the abolition of policing and human caging. He was honored with Them’s 2022 Now Award in Literature for representing the cutting edge of queer culture.

Greta Stoddart

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Suffolk Poetry Society

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The Society publishes a twice-yearly magazine Twelve Rivers, annual Crabbe Poetry Competition anthology and other anthologies from time to time, most recently On A Knife Edge arising from a collaboration with the Lettering Arts Trust.

Janet Sutherland

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Janet Sutherland grew up on a dairy farm in Wiltshire. Her collections include Home Farm (2019), Bone Monkey (2014), Hangman’s Acre (2009) and Burning the Heartwood (2006), all from Shearsman Books (UK). Her poems are widely anthologised and published in magazines such as Poetry Ireland Review, New Statesman and The Spectator.  A new collection, The Messenger House, about her great-great-grandfather’s travels to Serbia in the 1840’s is due out from Shearsman Books in early 2023. She wrote a critical essay on the poet Charles Reznikoff which has appeared with two new editions of his work. She received a Hawthornden Fellowship in 2018.   

Michael Swan


Michael Swan works in English language teaching and applied linguistics. He has been writing and translating poetry for many years, perhaps in the hope of proving that grammarians have souls. His poems have been published widely, and have won numerous prizes. He believes that it is possible to write good poetry that is neither difficult nor boring, and he often finds humour helpful in dealing with a seriously confusing universe. He has brought out three collections: When they come for you (Frogmore Press), The shapes of things (Oversteps Books) and Tiger dreams / Vise cu tigri (Niculescu).

Philip Terry

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Philip Terry was born in Belfast, and is a poet, translator, and a writer of fiction.  He has translated the work of Georges Perec, Michèle Métail and Raymond Queneau, and is the author of the novel tapestry, shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize. His poetry and translations include Oulipoems, Quennets, Dante’s Inferno, and Dictator, a version of the Epic of Gilgamesh in Globish. The Penguin Book of Oulipo, which he edited, was published in Penguin Modern Classics in 2020, and Carcanet published his edition of Jean-Luc Champerret’s The Lascaux Notebooks, the first ever anthology of Ice Age poetry, in April 2022.

Pam Thompson


Pam Thompson is a writer, educator and reviewer based in Leicester.  She has been widely published in magazines including Butcher’s Dog, Finished Creatures, The North, The Rialto, Magma and Mslexia. Pam has been Highly Commended for the Forward Prize and has won the Magma and the Poetry Business competitions and gained second and third prizes respectively in the Ledbury and Poets and Players competitions.


Her works include include The Japan Quiz (Redbeck Press, 2009) and Show Date and Time, (Smith|Doorstop, 2006). Her collection, Strange Fashion, was published by Pindrop Press in 2017.


Pam has a PhD in Creativer Writing from De Montfort University and is a Committee Member for Word!, a spoken-word night at Attenborough Arts Centre in  Leicester. She is a Hawthornden Fellow.


Her website She is on Twitter as @fierydes.

Malavika S Udayan

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Malavika S Udayan is a word and visual artist. Her works have been published in Ink,Sweat and Tears, Arts against extremism, Oddball space, Poetry pacific and elsewhere. She currently lives in Norwich. 

UEA Creative Writing Poetry MA Course

The Creative Writing department at the University of East Anglia has a strong reputation for producing and developing the writers of the future.

Co-founded in 1970 by Malcolm Bradbury, it was the first of its kind, and spawned writers such as Kazuo Ishiguro and Ian McEwan. Alumni from the Poetry MA include Luke Wright, Mona Arshi and the Halesworth-based INK Festival team. Its success lies in the intensity of the course and the expert feedback from tutors who are poets and critics. The UEA event in Poetry in Aldeburgh showcases the emerging voices of seven of the 2021-2022 postgraduate cohort. You saw them here first!

Emily Veal

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Emily Veal is a Birmingham poet currently based in Norwich. Aside from writing, she is a part-time vinyl D-J.

Sue Wallace-Shaddad

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Sue Wallace-Shaddad has an MA from Newcastle University/Poetry School London. Her short collection ‘A City Waking Up’ was published by Dempsey and Windle, October 2020. In 2021, Sue was highly commended (Plough Poetry Prize), commended (Crabbe poetry competition) and had two pamphlets shortlisted by Maytree Press. Her poems have featured in London Grip, Artemis, The Ekphrastic Review, The High Window, Fenland Poetry Journal, Ink, Sweat & Tears, Poetry Scotland, Poetry Space and in various anthologies. Sue writes poetry reviews for Sphinx Review, London Grip and The Alchemy Spoon. She lives in Suffolk and is Secretary of Suffolk Poetry Society

Maggie Wang

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Maggie Wang is the reviews editor at SUSPECT, the journal of NYC-based literary nonprofit Singapore Unbound. Her debut pamphlet, The Sun on the Tip of a Snail's Shell, was published by Hazel Press in September 2022.

Christine Webb


Christine Webb's professional life was in teaching (and currently, though retired, she runs a small poetry-reading group in her local library). Her poems have appeared in a range of magazines and anthologies, she has written articles for 'Magma' and 'Poetry News' and she co-edited 'Magma' issue 77 in 2019. She has read, and given a Close Reading, at the former Aldeburgh Poetry Festival (2015), and in 2019 she gave one of the breakfast talks at Poetry in Aldeburgh - 'Lyrics and Rutabagas: Degrees of Difficulty in Poetry'.
Her collections After Babel and Catching Your Breath  are published by Cinnamon.

Sarah Westcott

Sarah Westcott’s pamphlet Inklings (flipped eye) was a PBS pamphlet choice in 2013. Her first full collection, Slant Light, was published in 2016 with Pavilion poetry and her second book with Pavilion, Bloom, is out next spring. Her poems have been widely published in magazines and anthologies, baked into loaves of bread, installed in jukeboxes and embedded in the Bethnal Green nature reserve in East London. Sarah grew up in Devon and is drawn to write about the human relationship with the natural world. She teaches poetry at City Lit in London.

Vanessa Raison

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MA Creative Writing UEA 2021/2. Head of Media Camden School 2005 - 2011; English and Creative Writing Teacher before 1991- 2004. Acland Burghley 2011 - 2017. Copyrighter for PlayBack (Mel Smith and Griff-Rhys Jones Talking Heads) and journalist on The List, Time Out, MediaMag. 

Susan Wicks

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Jenny Xie


Jenny Xie is the author of Eye Level (Graywolf Press, 2018), a finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry and the PEN Open Book Award, recipient of the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets and the Holmes National Poetry Prize from Princeton University; and The Rupture Tense (Graywolf, 2022), long listed for the National Book Award in Poetry. Her work has appeared in Poetry, ​New York Times Magazine, and Tin House, among other publications, and she has been supported by fellowships and grants from Kundiman, Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and Poets & Writers. She lives in New York.

Salma Yusuf


Salma Yusuf is a Kenyan award-winning civic leader and Multilingual Writer. She is the 2021 Global Voices scholar. Her work has been published in Doek, Lolwe, Honey Badgers, Ink, Sweat & Tears, Arts Against Extremism and elsewhere. She has been long listed for the Griots Well Poetry Development Programme and her short story, Halawa Spell, has been shortlisted by the Short Story Day Africa.