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Patricia Ace’s pamphlet First Blood was published by HappenStance Press in 2006. Her first full collection, Fabulous Beast, was published by Freight Books in March 2013. She has been placed and won prizes in many national poetry competitions. Her poem ‘Papa Joe’ won the Plough Poetry Prize in 2010 and 'Saying goodbye to my daughter at night' was selected for the online anthology 20 Best Scottish Poems 2013. Since 2013 she has been collaborating with Edinburgh artist, Lindy Furby, to produce poetry postcards as part of The Written Image project. Her work is featured in Be the First to Like This: New Scottish Poetry, edited by Colin Waters and published in 2014.


Afam Akeh is Founder and Director of the Centre for African Poetry. His first book of poems, Stolen Moments, was published in 1988. He is also the author of Letter Home and Biafran Nights (2012). Akeh has won or been listed for awards in poetry, the short story and journalism. In his many years of editorial practice, he has interviewed leading African authors, also assisting publishers of African literature in curating and reviewing work by these authors. Founding Editor of African Writing Online, he has presented his work at international literary events, the BBC and various UK venues. Ghosts, his third collection of poems is expected in 2015.


Roselle Angwin is a poet and author based near Dartmoor. She leads workshops, courses and retreats in writing and ecopsychology in Southwest Britain, the Hebrides, and France. www.fire-in-the-head.co.uk   www.thewildways.co.uk


William Ayot is a poet, author, ritualist, and teacher. His three collections of poetry include E-mail from the Soul, (PS Avalon) which won the People’s Book Prize. He currently runs “On the Border”, a poetry series, in Chepstow and is poet-in-residence at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School. www.williamayot.com


Catherine Ayres is a teacher, living and working in Northumberland. Her poems have appeared in Ink, Sweat & Tears, Spontaneity, Domestic Cherry, Prole and The Moth. She recently came third in Ambit magazine’s “Under the Influence” competition. Her poetry often explores difference and how loss can separate a person from one world and lead them to another. 


Nnorom Azuonye studied Dramatic Arts at the University of Nigeria and has worked as an actor, scene designer and theatre director. A widely published writer, publisher, and Methodist Local Preacher, he founded Sentinel Poetry Movement in 2002 and is the founding Chief Executive Officer and Publishing Director of SPM Publications – an imprint of Sentinel Writing & Publishing Company Limited. Author of Letter to God & Other Poems, The Bridge Selection: Poems for the Road, and Funeral of the Minstrel (a play), his poems, short stories, interviews and essays have appeared in Opon Ifa, African Writing, Agenda, Orbis, and DrumVoices Revue, Flair, and For the Love of God among other publications. Website: www.nnoromazuonye.com


Maxine Backus is originally from Leicester, now living near Zurich. She studied Philosophy and Poetry in English (M. Phil., Stirling). She has worked mainly as a translator and interpreter in the banking industry, has run creative writing classes in England and Switzerland and taught poetry at university level. Maxine has self-published two collections of poetry in English, with German translations.


S.M.Beckett. Artist-Poet S.M Beckett has been writing poetry for several years and has participated in many public poetry readings. Her poetry has been featured in Maco Magazine, Wings of Desire Catalogue, Malaleuca and she was designated Poet of the Month in the December issue of Caught in the Net, the Poetry Kit’s online site.


James Bell has published two poetry collections the just vanished place (2008) and fishing for beginners (2010), both from tall-lighthouse. Born in Scotland he now lives in Brittany where he contributes articles and photographs to an English language journal and continues to publish poems nationally and internationally with recent print appearances in:  The Journal, Elbow Room, Shearsman, Tears In The Fence, Under The Radar and Upstairs at Du Roc.


Jim Bennett, has written 74 books and numerous chapbooks and pamphlets in a 48 year career as a poet.  Jim lives near Liverpool in the UK and tours giving readings of his work throughout the year.  He is widely published and has won many competitions and awards for poetry and performance. He runs one of the world’s most successful internet sites for poets;  www.poetrykit.org


Linda Black received the 2004/5 Poetry School Scholarship and won the 2006 New Writing Ventures Award for Poetry. The beating of wings (Hearing Eye, 2006) was the PBS Pamphlet Choice for Spring 2007, when she also received an Arts Council Writer's Award. Her collections are Inventory and Root, (Shearsman 2008 & 2011) and The Son of a Shoemaker (Hearing Eye 2012). The latter consists of collaged prose-poems, based on the early life of Hans Christian Andersen, plus the author’s pen and ink illustrations. It was the subject of a Poetry Society exhibition in  April 2013. She is co-editor of Long Poem Magazine www.longpoemmagazine.org.uk


Peter Branson lives in Rode Heath, East Cheshire. A former teacher and lecturer, Peter is well known in the region as a traditional-style singer, songwriter and poet. His poetry has been accepted for publication by many journals in  Britain,  the USA, Canada,  Ireland, Australasia and South Africa. He has won and been placed in quite a few poetry competitions over recent years, including The Grace Dieu, The Petra Kenny, The Envoi and The Wigtown. His latest book, Red Hill, Selected Poems, 2000-2012, by Lapwing, Ireland, came out in May 2013.     


Lesley Burt lives in Christchurch, Dorset. Her poetry has been published online and in magazines and anthologies including Tears in the Fence, The Interpreters House, Sarasvati and The Cinnamon Anthology. Her chapter, ‘Considering connotation: the impact and implications of language in poetry’ is included in Teaching Creative Writing (2012) ed. Elaine Walker. She is currently a student undertaking an MA in Creative Writing (Distance Learning) at Lancaster University.


David Caddy's most recent books include The Bunny Poems (Shearsman Books, 2011), So Here We Are (Shearsman Books, 2012) and Cycling After Thomas And The English (Spout Hill Books, 2013). He edits Tears in the Fence magazine, writes criticism, organises writing workshops, a poetry reading series, and directs an annual poetry festival.


Judith Cair was born in Somerset. She has worked as a potter in rural potteries and as a teacher in an urban middle school. In 2013 a pamphlet of her poetry, The Ship's Eye, was published by Pighog Press. She has also written articles for Artemis on modern interpretations of classical texts.


R. T. Calway is Anglo-Welsh and has worked much of her life outdoors, but found time for an Open University degree and a Master's at Cardiff University. For ten years she ran her own arboriculture business. A selection of her prose and verse was published in the anthology Black Waves in Cardiff Bay (Cinnamon, 2008).  She has been short-listed for several literary prizes including the Impress Prize in 2012.


Michael Cantor’s full-length collection, Life in the Second Circle (Able Muse Press, 2012), was a finalist for the 2013 Massachusetts Book Award for Poetry.  A chapbook, The Performer, was published in 2007.  His work has appeared in The Dark Horse, Measure, Raintown Review, SCR, Chimaera, The Flea, and numerous other journals and anthologies.  A native New Yorker, he has lived and worked in Japan, Latin America and Europe, and presently divides his time between Plum Island, MA, and Santa Fe, NM. 


Amarjit Chandan has published seven collections of poetry and three books of essays in Punjabi and two in English Sonata for Four Hands prefaced by John Berger (Arc, 2010). His work has appeared in many anthologies including in the periodicals including in Arabic, Brazilian-Portuguese, Greek, Italian, Romanian and Turkish. He was amongst British poets on Radio 4 selected by Andrew Motion on National Poetry Day in 2001. He has participated in the Aldeburgh, Ledbury, King’s Lynn and Winchester and Didim Poetry Festivals held in the UK and Turkey respectively.


Helen Clare. In a previous life Helen Clare was a science teacher - she now works on projects which combine science poetry and learning, including a poetry residency at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester. Her published work includes Mollusc (Comma, 2004) and Entomology (Happenstance 2014) and her poems have won a number of national prizes, including First Prize in the London Writers Competition 2002, and Runner Up in the Daily Telegraphy/Arvon Competition 2000 www.helenclare.co.uk


A C Clarke is based in Glasgow. Her latest collections are A Natural Curiosity, (New Voices Press), shortlisted for the 2012 Callum Macdonald Award, and Fr Meslier's Confession (Oversteps Books). She was one of 17 poets commissioned to write a poem for the Mirrorball Commonwealth Poetry Anthology The Laws of the Game and is currently working on a fourth collection.


Jeff Cloves is a pop poet hack self-publisher.


Nick Cooke lives and works in London as a teacher of English as a Foreign Language. In addition to his poems, some of which have been published in  Sentinel Literary Quarterly and Dream Catcher, he writes novels, plays, film scripts, and occasional literary criticism. In 2004 he published an article on John Updike in the quarterly Arete, edited by Craig Raine.  He is also a music enthusiast and from 2006 to 2010 was the songwriter, vocalist and rhythm guitarist in a post-punk band called Live Wires.'


Rachael Clyne lives in Glastonbury. She has been published in The Stare’s Nest, IMPpress, Nutshells ‘n Nuggetts, Domestic Cherry and the anthologies The Listening Walk, The Book of Love and Loss. Two collections She Who Walks With Stones and Sings, Singing at the Bone Tree are published by Indigo Dreams. In 2013 she won the Geoff Stevens Memorial prize. www.rachelclyne.co


Richard Copeland has been writing on and off for about thirty years and has been published in various poetry magazines, including Envoi, The Black Mountain Review (Northern Ireland, sadly now defunct) and The Frogmore Papers. He is the Poetry Society's Stanza Rep for North Hertfordshire (Poetry ID).


Anthony Costello is a poet, writer and translator. His first book of poems, The Mask, was published by Lapwing in 2014. The Poems of Alain-Fournier, a collaborative translation project with Anita Marsh and Anthony Howell, is forthcoming in 2015 with Anvil Press.


Anna Crowe. Poet, translator of Catalan and Mexican poetry, she is co-founder and former Artistic Director of StAnza, Scotland's International Poetry Festival. Peterloo published two full collections, and her Mariscat collection, Figure in a Landscape, won the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award and was a Poetry Book Society Choice. Her latest book of translations, Peatlands, features the work of the Mexican poet, Pedro Serrano (Arc 2014). In 2005 she received a Travelling Scholarship from the Society of Authors.


Caroline Davies’s first collection Convoy was published by Cinnamon Press in 2013. She was born in Norfolk to Welsh parents and spent much of her childhood by the sea. Convoy was inspired by the experiences of her grandfather, James ‘Jim’ Honeybill, who served on the Blue Funnel Line ship M.V. Ajax during the Malta convoys and also by her mother’s stories of growing up in North Wales. She blogs occasionally at http://advancingpoetry.blogspot.com/


Celia Dixie is a member of the Sussex-based Green Room Poets.  For many years she has met up regularly with two novelist friends to write together and spur each other on.


Spencer Edgar has always enjoyed writing poetry. His first book, White Orchid, is a collection stretching back 14 years capturing rites of passage where love is lost and found. When not contemplating grand design he works as a healthcare professional in the NHS. He lives with his partner and three children in Stroud in Gloucestershire. 


Roger Elkin has won 45 First Prizes and several awards internationally, including the Sylvia Plath Award for Poems about Women, and the Howard Sergeant Memorial Award for Services to Poetry (1987).  His 11 collections include Fixing Things (2012); Marking Time (2012); Bird in the Hand (2012); Chance Meetings (2014). Editor of Envoi, (1991-2006), he is available for readings, workshops and poetry competition adjudication.


Martin Elster, author of There’s a Dog in the Heavens!, is also a composer and serves as percussionist for the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. His poems have appeared in Astropoetica, The Flea, The Martian Wave, The Rotary Dial, and the anthologies Taking Turns: Sonnets from Eratosphere, The 2012 Rhysling Anthology, and New Sun Rising: Stories for Japan. Martin’s poem, “Walking With the Birds and the Bones Through Fairview Cemetery” received first place in the Thomas Gray Anniversary Poetry Competition 2014, and “Talcott Mountain” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by The Chimaera.


Ututu Emmanuel is a Nigerian poet. He is an enthusiastic reader and has also writes short stories. He is currently a student of the Federal University of Technology Minna, Niger State, Nigeria.  


Joe Fearn is a graduate of Hull University and The University of Leicester. He was shortlisted for the Smith/Doorstop poetry book prize in 2013. He lives and works in Hull.


Rachel J Fenton was born in the UK in 1976 and currently lives in New Zealand. Her poems have been shortlisted for numerous prizes, including the Royal Society of New Zealand Manhire Prize for Science Writing. AKA Rae Joyce, she is an AUT award winning graphic poet and is currently participating in the NZ Book Council's Graphic Novelist Exchange Residency with Taiwan in association with PANZ and TIBE, and is a registered mentor with the NZ Society of Authors. She blogs at snowlikethought.blogspot.co.nz


John Freeman’s most recent collection is White Wings: New and Selected Prose Poems (Contraband, 2014). Others include A Suite for Summer (Worple), and The Light Is Of Love, I Think: New and Selected Poems (Stride). He taught for many years at Cardiff University.  Website: http://www.johnfreemanpoetry.co.uk


Kate Firth. Previously an actress, Kate Firth’s first pamphlet, Venus Reborn was published in 2013 by Chrysalis.  She has performed at The Cheltenham and Bristol Poetry Festivals. She has also been published in three anthologies: Lacuna, In Protest (100 Poems for Human Rights) and a Star in the Heart.  She is also voice coach for actors, broadcasters and in the non-profit and business sectors. She also runs performance skills workshops for poets, including the Winchester Poetry Festival.


Caron Freeborn used to write novels (Three Blind Mice, Abacus 2001 and Prohibitions, Abacus 2004), but after one of her children was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, all words stopped together.  When eventually the words came slithering back, she was amazed to find they were no longer prose, but poetry.  Her first poetry collection, Georges Perec is my hero, is published by Circaidy Gregory Press, 2015.


Rose Flint is a writer and artist. She works as a poet in healthcare, in both communities and hospitals, taking poetry into many different wards and units. She won both the Cardiff and the Petra Kenney International Poetry Competition in 2008 and other awards include two Poetry Places. Her fifth collection, A Prism for the Sun, is published by Oversteps.


Margie Gaffron has written and published a volume of poetry (Holdings) and her work has appeared in a variety of magazines including The Progressive, Friends Journal, and Pivot. She has given poetry workshops and read her work in a variety of bookstores, coffee shops and college campuses.  In 2012 she initiated the Fourth Friday Poetry Series at the Green Drake Art Center in Millheim, Pa. This series features readings by local writers as well as poets from outside the immediate area.


Charlotte Gann is a freelance writer and editor from Sussex. Her poetry pamphlet, The Long Woman (Pighog), was shortlisted for the 2012 Michael Marks Award. 


Frances Gapper’s flash fiction booklet The Tiny Key was published in 2009 by Sylph Editions and Absent Kisses, a story collection, in 2002 by Diva Books. She has stories in two issues of Short Fiction (University of Plymouth Press), in the Summer 2013 issue of Ireland-based magazine The Moth and in the London Magazine online. Her tiny story Bluebeard's Daughter won a competition run jointly by Creative Industries Trafford and the Manchester Literature Festival in autumn 2013. Other flashes appear in an anthology published in 2014 by Illinois-based Twelve Winters and in the Reader’s Digest.


Vanessa Gebbie is a novelist, poet, short fiction writer, editor and freelance creative writing tutor. Her poetry has won the Troubadour and Sussex Poets competitions, and her pamphlet The Half-life of Fathers (Pighog) was selected by the TLS among the best of 2014. She is recipient of an Arts Council Grant for the Arts for her writing, a Hawthornden International Fellowship and a Gladstone’s Library Residency.    www.vanessagebbie.com 


Caroline Gill’s poetry chapbook, The Holy Place, co-authored with John Dotson, was published by The Seventh Quarry (Swansea) in conjunction with Cross-Cultural Communications (New York) in 2012. Caroline has won several prizes, including the international Petra Kenney Poetry Competition (General Section) in 2007 and the debut Zoological Society of London (ZSL) Poetry Competition in 2013. Three poems were included in The Book of Forms: A Handbook of Poetics, Including Odd and Invented Forms by Lewis Putnam Turco (UPNE 2011). Website: www.carolinegillpoetry.com  


Kay Green is the administrator of Earlyworks Press, a club for writers and illustrators, best known for its poetry and fiction competitions. She was formerly an English teacher and has also been a writer of fantasy fiction for most of her adult life. Her first story collection, ‘Jung’s People’ was published by Elastic Press in 2004, and later re-released by her own Circaidy Gregory Press after she strayed into small press publishing. Her poetry, stories and articles have appeared in a range of magazines and collections.


Jan Harris lives in Nottinghamshire and writes poetry, flash fiction and short stories.  Her work has appeared in 14 Magazine, nth Position, Popshot, Mslexia and other places


Marc Harshman’s full-length poetry collection, GREEN-SILVER AND SILENT was published by Bottom Dog, OH in 2012 and four chapbooks include ROSE OF SHARON, Mad River, MA. Periodical publications: The Georgia Review, The Progressive, Appalachian Heritage, Poetry Salzburg Review, Emerson Review, and Shenandoah. Poems anthologized: Kent State University, the University of Iowa, University of Georgia, and the University of Arizona. Eleven children’s books have been published and three more titles are forthcoming.


Mark Haworth-Booth is the author of Wild Track: poems with pictures by friends (2006). He is a Green Party activist and lives in North Devon.


Tania Hershman is the author of two story collections: My Mother Was An Upright Piano: Fictions (Tangent Books, 2012), and The White Road and Other Stories (Salt, 2008). Tania's poetry has been published in Magma, Butcher's Dog, Obsessed with Pipework, Poems in Which and Amaryllis. Tania is founder and curator of ShortStops (www.shortstops.info), celebrating short story activity across  the UK & Ireland and is studying for a PhD in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. She is co-writer and editor of Writing Short Stories: A Writers' & Artists' Companion (Bloomsbury, Dec 2014). www.taniahershman.com


Alison Hill has published two collections, Peppercorn Rent (Flarestack, 2008) and Slate Rising (Indigo Dreams, 2014) and is currently working on a third. She founded and runs Rhythm & Muse and was Kingston Libraries' first Poet in Residence. She also writes plays and flash fiction.


Norbert Hirschhorn is a public health physician, commended by President Bill Clinton as an “American Health Hero.” He lives in London and Beirut.  He has published four collections: A Cracked River (Slow Dancer Press, London, 1999), Mourning in the Presence of a Corpse (Dar al-Jadeed, Beirut, 2008), Monastery of the Moon (Dar al-Jadeed, Beirut, 2012), and To Sing Away the Darkest Days. Poems Re-imagined  from Yiddish Folksongs (Holland Park Press, London, 2013). His poems have appeared in numerous US/UK publications, several as prize-winning. Website: www.bertzpoet.com.


Bill Holdsworth was born in London 1929. He is a professional engineer who has balanced architectural and city planning, climatic adaptive engineering solutions with community politics and the arts. He kick-started the 1960’s  UK-wide arts movement CENTRE 42 and brought in playwright Arnold Wesker (Sir) on board. He has led a long eclectic life as a world-wide lecturer, writer, author, poet and journalist and is a travelling man. He has won awards for his poetry in Hertfordshire. Broadcast on BBC radio London as well as in Hungary & Greece and published in Transatlantic Review, Global Tapestry along with poetry readings in the USA, Australia, and The Netherlands. LIFELINES a collection of his poetry & prose was published September 2013 under his own imprint of PHOENIX Publishing.


Penny Hope  is a teacher based in Sussex. She has poems published in a variety of magazines, and is a member of the Green Room Poets.


Neil Howell has recently retired after many years in the IT industry and is now focussing his attention and experience on community projects and change.  He has also had a long interest in poetry and with the time now have available has been writing some poems himself.  In 2013 he came up with a way of combining these two interests.  He decided to take a news headline from each day and write something about it in verse.  The result was a fascinating picture of 'change' through the year.


Georgi Y. Johnson.  Spiritual teacher and author Georgi Y. Johnson was born in Sheffield in 1967. After graduating in English Literature from Oxford, she moved to Israel where she now lives with her partner Bart and her seven children. Georgi teaches worldwide on nonduality, awakening and perception. She is author of: I AM HERE - Opening the Windows to Life & Beauty, a book inquiring into consciousness, awareness and emptiness as forms of perception.


Strider Marcus Jones – a poet, law graduate and ex civil servant from Salford, England with proud Celtic roots in Ireland and Wales. A member of The Poetry Society, his five published books of poetry are modern, traditional, mythical, sometimes romantic, surreal and metaphysical. His poetry has been published in over forty publications including: A New Ulster Magazine; The Screech Owl; Degenerates Voices For Peace Anthology; The Huffington Post USA; mgv2 Publishing Anthology; Deep Water Literary Journal; The Stray Branch Literary Magazine; East Coast Literary Review and Crack The Spine Literary Magazine. https://stridermarcusjonespoetry.wordpress.com/is


Oonah V Joslin is current poetry editor at The Linnet's Wings. She lives in Northumberland, England.


Siham Karami co-owns a technology recycling company and lives in Florida, USA. Her poetry has been or will be published in Measure, Unsplendid, String Poet, Angle Poetry, Postcard Poetry and Prose, Kin Poetry Journal, The Amsterdam Quarterly, Shot Glass Journal, Snakeskin, Innisfree Journal, and The Centrifugal Eye, among other places. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee, and has won the Laureates' Prize in the Maria W. Faust sonnet contest. 


Wendy Klein  is US born but has lived in the UK most of her adult life.  A retired family therapist and family mediator, she is published in many magazines and journals including Mslexia, The North, Smiths Knoll, The Interpreter’s House, Artemis, Oxford Poetry, Seam, and The South.  Winner of the Buxton, the Havant and the ‘Sonnet or Not’ Poetry competitions in 2014, she is published in many anthologies, including The Book of Love and Loss and the forthcoming Raving Beauties. 


Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé is the author of the epistolary novel, Singular Acts of Endearment, as well as three poetry collections. Founding editor of Squircle Line Press, Desmond has edited over fifteen books and co-produced three audio books. His honors include the PEN American Center Shorts Prize, Swale Life Poetry Prize, Notre Dame Poetry Fellowship, NAC Creation Grant, Gardens-by-the-Bay Residency, Singapore International Foundation Grant, and Little Red Tree Poetry Prize, among other awards.


Camilla Lambert has had poems published in ‘SOUTH’, ‘Interpreter’s House’, ‘Sentinel Literary Quarterly and ‘Poetry Cornwall’, also in several anthologies. A number have been placed or highly commended in competitions. She co-edited an anthology of poems ‘Island Voices’ (2010). In 2012 she gained an Open University First Class Honours degree in Literature with Creative Writing. Her first pamphlet is to be published by Indigo Dreams Publishing towards the end of 2015.


Martha Landman. South African born poet Martha Landman lives in North Queensland, Australia where she practices as a psychologist.  She has been supporting the work of Medicins Sans Frontieres for many years. Her work has appeared in various online journals and anthologies, including Mused, Camel Saloon, New Verse News, Jellyfish Whispers, Eunoia Review and Blood on the Floor.


Andie Lewenstein's poems are published in Scintilla, Cinnamon Press, Blinking eye, Obsessed With Pipework, Poetry South East, Artemis and Railroad Poetry.  She was co-director of the Poetry OtherWise conference in Sussex.


Lin Lundie lives and writes on the South Coast and writes a poetry diary. She is a textile artist, and her special interests are antique lace and interior design. She runs a poetry group, ‘The River Poets’, in Arundel, West Sussex.


Christina Lloyd. Born in Hong Kong, raised in the Philippines and educated in the United States, Christina Lloyd holds an MA in Hispanic languages and literatures from U.C. Berkeley, and an MA in creative writing from Lancaster University. In addition to a couple of pamphlets published in the States, her work appears in various journals, The North among them. 


Alison Lock is a writer of short stories and poetry. Her first collection, A Slither of Air was published in 2011; a short story collection, Above the Parapet, in 2013; and a forthcoming poetry collection, Beyond Wings, 2015. Her work is published in many journals and anthologies - including her competition winning stories in Sentinel Champions. www.alisonlock.com


Rupert Loydell is Senior Lecturer in English with Creative Writing at Falmouth University the editor of Stride magazine, and a Contributing Editor to International Times. His many books of poetry include The Return Of The Man Who Has Everything (Shearsman 2015) and Ballads of the Alone (Shearsman 2013).


Lennart Lundh is a poet, short-fictionist, historian, and photographer. His work has appeared internationally since 1965, Len and his wife, Lin, live near Chicago.


Anna Lunt has written poems as a personal journal for a number of years. In 2014, her husband Anthony, who is a psychotherapist, asked her to publish her anthology Poems of the Infinite and Eternal as a companion volume to his book Avision – The Way of the Dream. Anna and Anthony have five children.


Linus Łyszkowska, who was born in Scotland in 1926, grew up in Bridge of Allan, Stirlingshire. She and her Polish husband, Marian, lived for many happy years in Brazil. Now widowed, she has been living in Cambridge since 2000. She began to write poetry in 2009.


Caroline Maldonado lives in London and Italy.  Her poems have been accepted in a wide range of magazines including Iota, Orbis, Tears in the Fence and Agenda, as well as in anthologies and online.  Poetry publications include What they say in Avenale (Indigo Dreams Publishing 2014) and  a co-translation from Italian of the poetry of Rocco Scotellaro, Your call keeps us awake, published by Smokestack Books (May 2013).


Alwyn Marriage’s poetry is widely published in magazines and anthologies, and three of her seven published books have been poetry.  She has won and been placed in a number of competitions, and held Poet in Residence posts with Ballet Rambert and with the Winchester Arts Festival. She is Managing Editor of Oversteps Books, holds a research fellowship at the University of Surrey, and gives readings all over Britain and abroad. Previously she has been a university lecturer, chief executive of two NGOs, a Rockefeller International Scholar and Editor of a journal.


Paul Matthews, poet, teacher and gymnast has taught for many years at Emerson College. He is renowned for helping poets and writers, even the most anxious, to work with and develop their creative voice. His inspiring books, Sing Me the Creation, and Words in Place (both from Hawthorn Press) contain numerous exercises to nurture the creative process and bring language alive between people. The Ground that Love Seeks and Slippery Characters (Five Seasons Press) are gatherings of his poetry. See www.paulmatthewspoetry.co.uk


Pansy Maurer-Alvarez was born in Puerto Rico, did her literary studies at universities in the US, Switzerland and Spain and now lives and writes in France.  Her work has appeared in numerous publications across Europe and the US and in several anthologies. Some poems have been translated into French, German and Spanish.  Her latest poetry collection is In a Form of Suspension (corrupt press, Paris, 2014) and she has 4 previous collections.  She is a contributing editor to the British magazine, Tears in the Fence and curates the monthly reading series Poets Live in Paris.


John McCullough’s first collection of poems The Frost Fairs (Salt, 2011) won the Polari First Book Prize. It was a Book of the Year for The Independent and The Poetry School, and a summer read for The Observer. He lives in Hove.


Gill McEvoy runs regular, and occasional, poetry events in Chester. Two collections have been published by Cinnamon Press: "The Plucking Shed" 2010, "Rise", 2013. Her third pamphlet from Happenstance Press, "The First Telling", has just been published. She is a Hawthornden Fellow.


Jehanne Mehta is a singer-songwriter and poet, who writes performs and records songs and poems for the Earth Soul and Spirit.Website www.jehannemehta.com


Diana Mitchener (M.A. Creative Writing, 2000) is an active participant in poetry workshops in West Sussex . She published 'Ten Poems for Performance' and a further selection of her poems in 'Corncockle' in 2009. 'Holding the Line - a life' (Leaf Books, 2011) recreates the experiences of war­time evacuation in Shropshire and traces its life-long effects. www.corncockle.co.uk


Helen Moore is an award-winning ecopoet. Her debut collection, Hedge Fund, And Other Living Margins (Shearsman Books, 2012) will be followed by ECOZOA, described by John Kinsella as “a milestone in the journey of ecopoetics”.  It will be published by Permanent Publications in March 2015. 


Mary E. Moore is a retired  physician who began seriously writing poetry after her retirement from a career in Rheumatology.  Her poems have been widely published and a selection can be seen on her website, http://www.maryemoorepoetry.com


Kyle Norwood is the winner of the 2014 Morton Marr Poetry Prize from Southwest Review. His poems have also appeared or will soon appear in Innisfree Poetry Journal, Right Hand Pointing, Seneca Review, and elsewhere. After earning a doctorate in English at UCLA, he taught for many years in the public high school system in Los Angeles, where he still lives.


Chris O’Carroll is a writer and an actor.  His poems have appeared in 14 by 14, Life and Legends, Light, Measure, The New Verse News, and Umbrella, among other print and online journals, and in the anthologies The Best of the Barefoot Muse and 20 Years at the Cantab Lounge.


Dr Tunde Oseni bagged a First Class Honours degree in Political Science from Nigeria’s premier University of Ibadan, where he was a MacArthur Foundation scholar at the University of Ghana, Legon in 2005. He earned an MSc at the prestigious University of Oxford, United Kingdom, and Doctorate and at the University of Exeter, where he taught for three years. He is currently a University Lecturer and Consultant in Nigeria.


Patrick B. Osada works as an editor, writes reviews of poetry for magazines and is a member of the Management Team for SOUTH Poetry Magazine. His first collection, Close to the Edge was published in 1996 & won the prestigious Rosemary Arthur Award. His second collection, Short Stories : Suburban Lives and his last volume, Rough Music, have been published in England by Bluechrome. His current collection, Choosing the Route, has been published in England by Indigo Dreams Publishing. His website is www.poetry-patrickosada.co.uk


Irena Pasvinter divides her time between software engineering, endless family duties and writing poetry and fiction. Her stories and poems have appeared in online magazines (Every Day Poets, Every Day Fiction, Madswirl, Camroc Press, Fiction 365, Rose & Thorn and others) and in Poetry Quarterly. She is currently working on her never-ending first novel.


Mario Petrucci is a PhD physicist and ecologist intensely active at the literature-ecology-science membrane, generating groundbreaking educational resources and poetry that meets issues of searing social, linguistic and personal relevance with innovation and humanity. Mario Petrucci's work aspires to "Poetry on a geological scale” (Verse).  Heavy Water: a poem for Chernobyl (Enitharmon, 2004) secured the Daily Telegraph/ Arvon Prize and “inflicts... the finest sort of shock... to the conscience, to the soul” (Poetry London).  i tulips (Enitharmon, 2010) takes its name from his vast Anglo-American sequence of 1111 poems, hailed by the Poetry Book Society as “modernist marvels”.


Jay Ramsay is the author of 35 books of poetry, non-fiction, and classic Chinese translation with Martin Palmer. His latest publications are Agistri Notebook (KFS, 2014),  Monuments (Waterloo Press, 2014), and Shu Jing—the Book of History (Penguin Classics, 2014). He is also poetry editor of Caduceus magazine, and works in private practice as a UKCP accredited  psychotherapist and healer, also running personal development workshops worldwide (www.jayramsay.co.uk.)


Susan Richardson is a poet, performer and educator, with two collections, Creatures of the Intertidal Zone and Where the Air is Rarefied, from Cinnamon Press. Her third collection, skindancing, themed around human-animal metamorphosis and exploring our dys/functional relationship with the wild, will be published in 2015. She has performed at literary, environmental and science festivals throughout the UK, for organisations such as WWF and Friends of the Earth, on BBC 2, Radio 4 and at Universities both nationally and internationally.  www.susanrichardsonwriter.co.uk


Michaela Ridgway lives in Brighton. Her magazine credits include Magma, Orbis, Other Poetry, The Frogmore Papers, Tears in the Fence, Antiphon and The Interpreter’s House. She hosts the monthly Pighog Plus! Poetry night in Brighton, UK (http://www.pighog.co.uk).


Miles Salter lives in York, and enjoys being a writer, musician and storyteller. His poetry collections include 'The Border' (Valley Press, 2011) and 'Animals' (Valley Press, 2013). He is Visiting Lecturer at Leeds Trinity University and Director of York Literature Festival. He finds spiders difficult. 


Robert Schechter has published poems and translations in  Highlights for Children, High Five, The Washington Post, The Evansville Review, String Poet, Poetry East, The Alabama Literary Review,  Light Quarterly, and Lighten Up Online, among other journals, and in various anthologies.  


Gordon Simms. Formally head of Performing Arts at what is now Blackburn University, Gordon hoped for a quiet life on retiring to rural France in 2002. However, in 2012 he organised the first Bilingual LitFest in the tiny village of St Clémentin. In 2014 the festival was repeated gaining EU recognition and funding. A third is planned for 2016 in tandem with festivals in Italy, Spain and the UK. As well as writing poetry Gordon thoroughly enjoys playwriting and is currently involved with a newly founded theatre company for whom he is directing. His collected poems, Uphill to the Sea, won the Biscuit prize, 2012. simms.gordon@orange.fr    www.stclementinlitfest.com


Jocelyn Simms is organiser of the Segora International Writing Competitions launched in 2007. Currently she is writing a sequence of poems tracing the development and testing of the atomic bomb, hoping that looking back to the momentous events of 1945 might inform current debate. She was delighted to welcome Blake Morrison and Michèle Roberts as principal guests at the bilingual LitFest in 2014 and as judges of the Segora poetry and short story competitions of that year.  jocelynsmms@gmail.com    www.poetryproseandplays.com


Wendy Sloan’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in various journals including Big City Lit, Blue Unicorn, Light, Measure, Mezzo Cammin, TheRaintown Review, Think Journal, and Umbrella Journal.  Her translations (Leopardi/Stampa) have been published or are  forthcoming in The Able Muse, The Chimaera, and Measure.Sloan was a finalist in the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Competition (2006) and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.  She co-hosts the Carmine Street Metrics reading series in New York City.


Beth Somerford's poetry ranges from the intimate and personal, to the sweep of landscape poems.  It draws particularly on science and social history, a fascination with place and a love of the mundane.  Her poems have been published in Magma, Equinox, Obsessed with Pipework, Orbis, Iota, The Cannon’s Mouth and the French Literary Review.Beth lives in Brighton with her composer husband and an ever shifting number of children. As well as writing, she coaches, acts and directs, runs workshops, pots and potters about.


K.V.Skene’s work has appeared in Canadian, U.K., U.S., Irish, Australian and Austrian magazines, most recently in Poetry Cornwall, The Maynard (Canada), Contemporary Literary Review India, The Saving Bannister (Canada), The Stony Thursday Book (Ireland)  and  Obsessed With Pipework.  Her publications include Love in the (Irrational) Imperfect, 2006, Hidden Brook Press (Canada) and You Can Almost Hear Their Voices, 2010, Indigo Dreams Publications (UK). She placed third in the Cardiff International Poetry Competition 2014 and currently lives and writes from Toronto, Canada.


Richard Skinner’s poems have been published in HARK, The Interpreter’s House and Magma and longlisted for the National Poetry Competition. His full collection, 'the light user scheme', is published by Smokestack. His new pamphlet, 'Terrace' (Smokestack), is published in April 2015.


Susan Skinner has had four collections of her poems published: Monet’s Garden - Headland Press, The Minnow Catching Boys - Headland Press, Island Sisters - Redlake Press, Out of Nowhere - Searle Publishing. She has also published in poetry magazines, and has published stories for children, and  illustrated and compiled three Christian books: Secret Journey - John Hunt Publishing; Graces for Today - John Hunt Publishing; Symbols of the Soul - John Hunt Publishing.


Thomas R. Smith is the author of seven published books of poems, most recently THE GLORY (2015, Red Dragonfly Press).  He has also edited several books, including AIRMAIL:  THE LETTERS OF ROBERT BLY AND TOMAS TRANSTRÖMER (Bloodaxe, 2013).  He lives in western Wisconsin and teaches poetry at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis.  His work has appeared in several publications in the UK and Ireland.


Anne Stewart runs the online showcase www.poetrypf.co.uk and is Administrator for Second Light, a network of women poets. Her awards include the Bridport Prize (2008) and the Silver Wyvern (Italy, 2014). Her first collection, The Janus Hour, was published by Oversteps Books in 2010.


Seán Street has published nine collections, the most recent being Cello (Rockingham Press, 2013) and Jazz Time (Lapwing Publications, 2014). Prose includes The Dymock Poets (Seren 1994/2014), The Poetry of Radio: The Colour of Sound (Routledge, 2013) and The Memory of Sound: Preserving the Sonic Past (Routledge, 2014). He is Emeritus Professor at Bournemouth University.


Susan Taylor has six published poetry collections, the most recent of which is A Small Wave for Your Form from Oversteps Books in 2012. She coedits the South West poetry journal The Broadsheet with her partner, Simon Williams.


Eilidh Thomas lives in north east Scotland with her husband and collie dog, Smudge. She writes poetry and short stories, which have been published, selectively, in print and online over the past few years. Recent work is published in Sentinel Literary Quarterly and The Stare's Nest.


Mark Totterdell’s poems have appeared in many magazines and have won competitions. His first collection, ‘This Patter of Traces’,was published in 2014 by Oversteps Books.


Clare Whistler is a collaborative, site -specific artist, who makes events using many art forms with all sorts of people. www.clarewhistler.co.uk


Simon Williams has written poetry for 40 years, starting at university. A Place Where Odd Animals Stand (Oversteps Books, 2012) is his fourth independently published collection and He/She (Itinerant Press, 2013) his fifth.  Simon makes a living as a technology journalist and lives in a cottage on the southern edge of Dartmoor with his wife, poet Susan Taylor. He has two sons and, so far, three grandchildren.


Jackie Willsmost recent collections of poetry are Woman’s Head as Jug (Arc, 2013) and Commandments (Arc, 2007). She was shortlisted for the 1995 TS Eliot prize for her first collection. In 2004 she was one of Mslexia magazine's 10 new women poets of the decade. Wills has earned her living as a writer since 1978. 


Margaret Wilmot.  Born in California, Margaret Wilmot has lived in Sussex since 1978. She is drawn by imaginative associations . . . memory, landscape, ideas, paintings, words – seeing where the pencil leads. A pamphlet has been published by Smiths Knoll entitled Sweet Coffee.


Matthew Wilson, 31, has had over 150 appearances in such places as Horror Zine, Star*Line, Spellbound, Illumen, Apokrupha Press, Hazardous Press, Gaslight Press, Sorcerers Signal and many more. He is currently editing his first novel and can be contacted on twitter @matthew94544267.


Marc Woodward was born in the USA but lives in rural England where he combines playing music, writing and occasional tv presenting. He has been published in a number of magazines and has had work included in anthologies from Ravenshead Press, Forward Press and others. He has been featured on the websites of the Poetry Society and The Guardian. More of his work can be seen on his blog  http://marcwoodwardpoetry.blogspot.co.uk


Shirley Wright is a Bristol-based novelist and widely published poet. Her poetry collection “The Last Green Field”, published by Indigo Dreams, came out in September 2013.


Jacquie Wyatt.  After a lucky escape from a big brand marketing career Jacquie Wyatt is a poet. Too often distracted by flash fiction, stories and five novels to date her razor sharp brain deduced that putting everything in a very deep drawer wasn’t helping. A frequent Write Invite winner and runner-up she was a Flash flood author in 2012. She is a founder member of Roundel – the Tonbridge Poetry stanza.


Dr. Aprilia Zank is a lecturer for Creative Writing and Translation in the Department of Languages and Communication at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany. She is also a poet, a translator and the editor of the English–German anthology poetry tREnD Eine englisch-deutsche Anthologie zeitgenössischer Lyrik, LIT Verlag, Berlin, 2010, and the anthology POETS IN PERSON at the Glassblower (Indigo Dream Publishing, April, 2014). Her poetry collection, TERMINUS ARCADIA, was 2nd Place Winner at the Twowolvz Press Poetry Chapbook Contest 2013. She is also a passionate photographer.


Simon Zonenblick. A poet living in the Ryburn Valley, Yorkshire Simon works mainly in libraries and dabbles in gardening.  Two collections of his poetry have been published: Little Creatures -poems of Insects, Small Mammals and Micro-organisms (Caterpillar Poetry) & Random Journeys (Unpretentious Arts).

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