Paul Batchelor was born in Northumberland. His first full-length collection of poems, The Sinking Road, was published by Bloodaxe in 2008, and in 2014 Clutag published his chapbook, The Love Darg. He has received an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors, the Arthur Welton Award from the Authors Foundation, the Times Stephen Spender Prize for Translation, and the Edwin Morgan International Poetry Competition. He is an Associate Professor of English Literature and Creative Writing at Durham University, and reviews for the The New Statesman and the TLS. www.paulbatchelor.co.uk.
Siddhartha Bose is a writer, poet and playwright based in London. His books include two poetry collections Kalagora (2010) and Digital Monsoon (2013). He has been featured on BBC 4, BBC Radio 3, BBC Asian Network, and was dubbed one of the ‘ten rising stars of British poetry’ by The Times. Siddhartha was a Leverhulme Fellow in Drama at Queen Mary, University of London (2011-13).
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Vahni Capildeo is a Trinidadian-British poet. Capildeo studied for her DPhil at Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. Her most recent book Measures of Expatriation was shortlisted for the 2016 T S Eliot Prize, was a PBS Choice and won the Forward Prize for Best Collection in 2016. Of her previous collections Undraining Sea (2009) was shortlisted for the Guyana Prize for Literature Caribbean Award.
Maura Dooley is the author of four poetry collections. Her poem 'Cleaning Jim Dine's Heart' was shortlisted for the Forward Best Single Poem Prize 2015 and is featured in her latest collection The Silvering (Bloodaxe 2016), a Poetry Book Society recommendation. She has twice been shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize. She teaches at Goldsmiths College, University of London and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
Rebecca Goss has published two collections of poetry, The Anatomy of Structures (Flambard Press, 2010) and Her Birth (Carcanet, 2013). Her Birth was shortlisted for the 2013 Forward Prize for Best Collection and winner of the poetry category in the 2013 East Anglian Book Awards. Goss was also shortlisted for the 2015 Warwick Prize for writing and in 2014 she was chosen as a Next Generation Poet on the strength of Her Birth. Goss’s book was the subject of much acclaim and she was interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and in the Guardian.
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Ishion Hutchinson was born in Port Antonio, Jamaica. He is the author of two poetry collections: Far District and House of Lords and Commons. He is the recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Whiting Writers Award, the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award, the Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, among others.
Luke Kennard has published five collections of poetry, the most recent of which is Cain, which is currently shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Award and won a British Book Design and Production Award. Cain was a Guardian and Poetry School Best Book of 2016. Kennard was previously shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection for The Harbour Beyond the Movie (Salt) in 2007. In 2014 he was selected by the Poetry Book Society as one of the Next Generation Poets. His debut novel, The Transition, is published in 2017 by Fourth Estate.
Nikola Madzirov is Macedonian poet, editor, essayist and translator. His current translator is Carolyn Forche. He has published several collections of prize-winning poetry, including Relocated Stone (2007), winner of the Hubert Burda Prize for East European poets. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages and has received several international awards and fellowships, including the DJS award for contemporary world poetry in China, International Writing Program at the University of Iowa and Literarisches Tandem in Berlin. He is one of the coordinators of the international poetry network for Lyrikline.
Harry Man’s most recent pamphlet Finders Keepers, a collaboration with the artist Sophie Gainsley, was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award 2016 and for The Sabotage Award for Best Collaborative Work in 2017. He was a 2016 Hawthornden Fellow and a Clarissa Luard Wordsworth Trust Poet in Residence. He runs a collaborative dance and poetry theatre company with his partner, the Canadian contemporary dance choreographer Jennifer Essex. You can find more of his work at www.manmadebooks.co.uk
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Ian McMillan is one of the UK's best known contemporary poets. Aside from many books (for adults and children), sometimes including prose and plays, he has also made appearances on television, on all the national BBC radio channels (through which he was recently listed as the 22nd most powerful person in radio), in diverse newspapers and magazines, and as a poet in residence in a wide range of places including Barnsley FC and the Humberside Police. He also maintains a breathtaking schedule of appearances in schools, prisons and arts festivals. He currently presents The Verb on BBC Radio 3.
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J O Morgan is a Scottish poet. He is the author of six volumes of poetry, each of them a single book-length work. The most recent of these, Assurances, explores the RAF’s involvement in the beginnings of the Cold War where the Nuclear Deterrent, by necessity, was airborne. It is a sister-work to his third book, At Maldon, which re-imagines the historical events known as The Battle of Maldon, both works looking at aspects of warfare from a position of necessary defence and what that entails for those who must needs do the work of defending. His books have been shortlisted for a variety of poetry prizes, including the Forward and T.S.Eliot prizes, with his first book winning the Aldeburgh Prize for Poetry in 2009.
Richard O'brien was one of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year in both 2006 and 2007. Since then his work has featured in Poetry London, The Literateur, The Salt Book of Younger Poets, and a number of anthologies published by the Emma Press. His latest pamphlets are A Bloody Mess (Dead Ink/Valley Press) and The Emmores (The Emma Press).
Rachel Piercey is a freelance writer, editor and proofreader. She co-edited and contributed to a number of including the forthcoming The Head that Wears a Crown: Poems about Kings and Queens, all published by the Emma Press. She has taught courses on writing poetry for children for The Poetry School, and regularly performs and runs poetry workshops in primary schools. Her poems for adults have been published in The Rialto, Magma, Butcher’s Dog and The Poetry Review, as well as two Emma Press pamphlets and various anthologies.
Debbie Potts curated the cultural engagement projects Modern Poets on Viking Poetry and Kennings in the Community at the University of Cambridge. She has a PhD in Old Norse Poetry and currently works in the higher education sector. She is based in the London.
Stephen Watts is a legendary poet, translator and editor. He has worked for over four decades with Somali, Iraqi, Iranian and Arabic writers in unique poetic collaborations to bring their work into English. On his recent poetry collection Republic of Dogs / Republic of Birds (Test Centre, 2016) Robert Macfarlane wrote: ‘He is among the most fine and subtle writers I know on the relations of landscape and mind.’
Caroline Bird is a British poet, playwright and author. She has published five collections of poetry. Her first collection, Looking Through Letterboxes (published in 2002 when she was 15), is a collection of poems built on the traditions of fairy tale, fantasy and romance. This was followed by Trouble Came to the Turnip (2006), Watering Can (2009), and The Hat-Stand Union (2013), which was described by Simon Armitage as "spring-loaded, sad, deadly... explodes with poetry."
Gillian Clarke, a poet, playwright, editor, broadcaster, lecturer and translator, was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2010 and was the National Poet of Wales 2008-2016. She has also received the Wilfred Owen Poetry Award (2012) and the Hay Festival Poetry Medal in 2016, when Picador published her Selected Poems. Her most recent collection is Zoology, 2017, published by Carcanet.
Leontia Flynn is a poet and writer from Northern Ireland.
Leontia's first collection These Days won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and was also shortlisted for the Whitbread Poetry Prize. In 2005, Flynn was named as one of the Poetry Book Society's Next Generation poets and in 2008 she won the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. Her most recent collection Radio was shortlisted for the 2017 TS Eliot Prize.
Azita's poems have been translated into various languages including English. Azita Ghahreman is the author of five collections of poetry. In 2013 she was a recipient of Swedish PEN’s Prince Wilhelm Award. She was born in Mashhad in 1962 and has lived and worked in Sweden since 2006.
Golan Haji is a Syrian Kurdish poet and translator who currently lives in France. He has published many collections of poetry and translations in Arabic. He was commissioned by Shubbak Festival of Arabic Culture in 2017 and his work was translated by Stephen Watts, published in MPT and read at the British Library. His book in English translation, A Tree Whose Name I Don’t Know, was published by Midsummer Night’s Press in 2017.
Kathleen Jamie has won a string of awards and nominations including two shortlistings for the TS Eliot Award, the 2005 Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year Award for The Tree House, and the 2012 Costa Poetry Prize for The Overhaul. In addition to these accolades for her poetry she has also published two striking collections of prose essays on the natural world, Findings (2006) and Sightlines (2012). The latter won the John Burroughs Medal and the Orion Book Award. Her most recent book The Bonniest Companie was awarded the Saltire Book of the Year Award in 2016.
Carolyne Larrington is Professor of medieval European literature at the University of Oxford and a Tutorial Fellow in medieval English at St John's College. She researches widely in Old Norse-Icelandic literature – and has translated the Old Norse Poetic Edda, the key poetic versions of Norse myth and legend – and Arthurian literature. She also writes on medievalism, in particular on Game of Thrones and its medieval parallels. She is currently working on a book about emotions in Middle English literature.
Nick Makoha's debut collection Kingdom of Gravity is shortlisted for the 2017 Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection and nominated by The Guardian as one of the best books of 2017. He won the 2015 Brunel International Poetry prize and the 2016 Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize for his pamphlet Resurrection. A Goldsmiths, Cave Canem & Complete Works Alumni. His poems have appeared in The New York Times, Poetry Review, Rialto, Triquarterly Review, Boston Review, Callaloo, and Wasafiri. Find him at www.nickmakoha.com
Karen McCarthy Woolf
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Karen McCarthy Woolf’s first collection An Aviary of Small Birds was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and selected by Kate Kellaway as a Guardian/Observer book of the month who described it as a ‘beautiful, painful, pitch-perfect debut’. It was subsequently nominated for both Forward and Jerwood/Aldeburgh First Collection Prizes. Her second collection Seasonal Disturbances, released July 2017, was another Poetry Book Society Recommendation and described by Warsan Shire as ‘a stunning and strange collection from a true writer’. She has mentored for the Complete Works and edited the second Bloodaxe Complete Works anthology Ten.
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Hollie McNish is a British poet, author and spoken word artist.
McNish has published five books of poetry: Papers (2012), Cherry Pie (2015), Why I Ride (2015), Nobody Told Me (2016), and Plum (2017). Nobody Told Me won the 2016 Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry.[ She released an album of spoken word and music, Versus (2014), recorded at Abbey Road Studios.
Doireann Ni Ghriofa
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Doireann Ní Ghríofa is a bilingual Irish poet whose books explore birth, death, desire, and domesticity. Among her awards are the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature and a Seamus Heaney Fellowship, the Ireland Chair of Poetry bursary, and the Michael Hartnett Award. She frequently participates in cross-disciplinary collaborations, fusing poetry with film, dance, music, and visual art. She is an Associate of the Trinity College Centre for Literary Translation, Dublin.
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Pascale Petit was born in Paris, and grew up in France and Wales. She trained as a sculptor at the Royal College of Art and was a visual artist for the first part of her career. Petit has published seven poetry collections: Heart of a Deer (1998), The Zoo Father (2001), The Huntress (2005), The Treekeeper's Tale (2008), What the Water Gave Me: Poems after Frida Kahlo (2010), Fauverie (2014) and Mama Amazonica (2017). Four of her collections were shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize.
Clare Pollard was born in Bolton in 1978 and currently lives in South London. Her first collection of poetry, The Heavy-Petting Zoo (1998) was written whilst she was still at school, and received an Eric Gregory Award. It was followed by Bedtime (2002) and Look, Clare! Look!(2005), Her fourth collection Changeling (2011) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, and her latest is Incarnation (Bloodaxe, 2017). The Independent named her one of their Top Writers Under 30.
Katherine Towers’ first poetry collection The Floating Man was published by Picador in 2010 and won the Seamus Heaney Centre Poetry Prize. Her second The Remedies is also published by Picador and was shortlisted for the 2016 TS Eliot Prize. The Floating Man was shortlisted for the Jerwood-Aldeburgh First Collection Prize and for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry and longlisted for The Guardian First Book Award. A poem from the collection was selected as a Poem on the Underground
Matthew West is a Hampshire-based poet who was named Southampton’s Poet Laureate for Children in 2013. His chapbook, Seagulls and Spitfires was published by Ravenshead Press in 2015.