Hampshire Poets Now
Hampshire Poet of the Year
Joan McGavin is an Associate Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Winchester and is on the committee of Writers in Southampton. Her poetry has appeared in Peterloo 3, Poems in Waiting Room and on Radio 4′s Poetry Please. Joan was appointed Hampshire Poet 2014 in February this year. Joan's collection Flannelgraphs was published by Oversteps Books in 2011.
Robyn Bolam was born in Newcastle, grew up in Northumberland, and now lives in Hampshire. Her poetry collections, published by Bloodaxe, are The Peepshow Girl (1989), Raiding the Borders (1996), and New Wings: Poems 1977-2007 (2007), which was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. She is the editor of Eliza’s Babes: four centuries of women’s poetry in English, c.1500-1900 (Bloodaxe, 2005). Her poems appear regularly in anthologies and magazines. Robyn has given readings throughout Britain and across the world. She is currently completing a new collection of poems.
Stephen Boyce is the author of two collections, Desire Lines (Arrowhead Press 2010) and The Sisyphus Dog (Worple Press 2014). He is a trustee and of Winchester Poetry Festival and co-directed the 2014 festival.
John Haynes has had a long career in education, and was a lecturer at the Ahmadu Bello University in the 70s and 80s, where he founded the literary journal, Saiwa. His book length poem Letter to Patience, published by Seren, won the Costa Poetry Prize in 2006 and sections of the work have been published in London Magazine, Stand, Poetry Review, Ambit, Critical Quarterly and Poetry Wales. His second book length poem You (Seren) was shortlisted for the 2010 T.S. Eliot Prize. He has won prizes in the Arvon and National Poetry Competitions.
Nick MacKinnon was born in Roding Valley (top-right of the Tube map) in 1962, was a teenager in Ardrishaig on the Kintyre peninsula, and has taught Maths, English and two kinds of football at Winchester College since 1986. 'Terrier in rape' won the 2012 Keats-Shelley prize, 'Claybury' won the 2012 Hippocrates prize and 'The metric system' won the 2013 Forward prize for the year's best single poem.
Maggie Sawkins has written poetry since she was a child. Her two poetry collections are Charcot's Pet (Flarestack, 2003) and The Zig Zag Woman (Two Ravens Press, 2007). Maggie works with people in recovery from addiction, and teaches students with specific learning difficulties at South Downs College. In 2003 she founded Tongues&Grooves Poetry and Music Club. Last year she represented Portsmouth on the T S Eliot Poetry Prize 20th Anniversary Tour. Zones of Avoidance, her multi-media live literature production, is shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry 2014.
Julian Stannard is Reader in English and Creative Writing at the University of Winchester. He is the author of three volumes of poetry: Rina's War (Peterloo Poets, 2001), The Red Zone (Peterloo Poets, 2007) and The Parrots of Villa Gruber Discover Lapis Lazuli (Salmon Poetry, 2011). Worple Press are publishing The Street of Perfect Love in 2014.