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About the Poets:
Anna Saunders has been described as ‘a poet who surely can do anything’ by The North, ‘a modern myth maker’ by Paul Stephenson, and Tears in the Fence said of her ‘Anna Saunders’ poetry is reminiscent of Plath – with all its alpha achievement and radiance’.
She is the author of Communion, (Wild Conversations Press), Struck, (Pindrop Press) Kissing the She Bear, (Wild Conversations Press), Burne Jones and the Fox (Indigo Dreams), and Ghosting for Beginners, (Indigo Dreams).
Anna’s new book is Feverfew. (Indigo Dreams). The collection has been described as ‘rich with obsession, sensuousness and potency’ by Ben Ray, and as ‘a beautiful and necessary collection’ by Penny Shuttle.
She is also the Executive Director of Cheltenham Poetry Festival and works as a creative writing tutor and mentor, communications specialist, journalist, broadcaster and copywriter/editor.
Clint Wastling’s poetry has been widely published in magazines and anthologies e.g. Geography is Irrelevant, Green Fields, Dream Catcher, Orbis and 192 Magazine. His first collection Layers was published by Maytree Press. Clint is currently poet in residence at Burton Constable Hall and has a new collection called "Quiet Flows the Hull" out later next year. Clint's two novels (The Geology of Desire and Tyrants Rex) are published by Stairwell Books.
Beth Brooke lives in Dorset but was born in the Middle East and spent the formative years of her childhood there. The Jurassic Coast of one place and the desert landscape of the other influence her writing. Her debut collection, A Landscape With Birds will be published by Hedgehog Press early next year. She has work published by Marble, 192, Poetry Bus, Green Ink, and Dreich. She is currently working on a collection of poems that respond to the art of Elisabeth Frink. She Tweets as @BethBrooke8
Rishi Dastidar’s poetry has been published by the Financial Times and BBC amongst many others. He is a fellow of The Complete Works, a consulting editor at The Rialto magazine, a member of Malika’s Poetry Kitchen, and chair of writer development organization Spread The Word. A poem from his debut collection Ticker-tape was included in The Forward Book of Poetry 2018, and his second collection, Saffron Jack, was published in the UK by Nine Arches Press in 2020. He is also editor of The Craft: A Guide to Making Poetry Happen in the 21st Century (Nine Arches Press), and co-editor of Too Young, Too Loud, Too Different: Poems from Malika’s Poetry Kitchen (Corsair).
Olga Dermott-Bond is originally from Northern Ireland. She studied English at the University of St Andrews and is an assistant head teacher at a secondary school in Warwickshire. She has always loved reading and writing poetry, and over the past five years has been dedicating more time to her writing. She has two daughters, and motherhood has shaped and influenced many aspects of her work. Memory, social and political history and female identity spark her interest as a writer and are prevalent themes in her work.
A winner of Candlestick Press’ competition for 10 Poems about Breakfast in 2019, the BBC Proms poetry competition in 2019 and Poetry on Loan competition in 2020, Olga enjoys experimenting with different poetic forms, and has collaborated with a range of local artists as part of Warwickshire Open Studios to create ekphrastic poetry in response to their work.
She was selected as one of the emerging poets on Radio 4 for Bedtime Stories for the End of the World, re-telling the Irish myth of Fionn Mac Cumhaill, working with Natalie Linh Bolderston and Malika Booker. She is a commissioned artist for Coventry City of Culture 2021. Olga has had poetry and flash fiction widely published in a range of magazines including: Under the Radar, Magma, Rattle Magazine, Butcher’s Dog, Cordite Review, Strix, Paper Swans Press, and anthologies including; The result is what you see today (Smith / Doorstop) and Beyond the Storm (Write out Loud). Her first pamphlet apple, fallen is published by Against the Grain Press.
Naush Sabah is a writer, editor, and educator from the West Midlands. She is Editor and Publishing Director at Poetry Birmingham Literary Journal, a visiting lecturer at Birmingham City University, and a trustee at Poetry London. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in the TLS, The Poetry Review, PN Review, The Dark Horse, and elsewhere. Her debut double micro-pamphlet box set Heredity/ASTYNOME was published with Broken Sleep Books imprint Legitimate Snack last year and her pamphlet Litanies is forthcoming with Guillemot Press.
Victoria Kennefick's first collection, Eat or We Both Starve, was published in March 2021 by Carcanet Press. Her pamphlet, White Whale (Southword Editions, 2015), won the Munster Literature Centre Fool for Poetry Chapbook Competition and the Saboteur Award for Best Poetry Pamphlet. Her work has appeared in Poetry, The Poetry Review, PN Review, Poetry Ireland Review, The Stinging Fly, Poetry News, Prelude, Copper Nickel, The Irish Times, Ambit, bath magg, Banshee and elsewhere. A recipient of a Next Generation Artist Award from the Arts Council of Ireland, she has also received bursaries from Kerry County Council and Words Ireland.
Casey Bailey is a writer, performer and educator, born and raised in Nechells, Birmingham, UK. Casey is the Birmingham Poet Laureate 2020 - 2022 and the Greater Birmingham Future Face of Arts and Culture 2020.
Casey’s second full poetry collection Please Do Not Touch was published by Burning Eye in 2021. His first full collection Adjusted was published by Verve Poetry Press in 2018. Casey has had his poetry published in a number of anthologies and journals including Poetry Birmingham Literature Journal and anthologies published by Emma Press and Verve Poetry Press.
A number of organisations have commissioned pieces from Casey, including the BBC, Symphony Hall, West Midlands Combined Authority and Birmingham City Council, and he has performed his poetry in Edinburgh, London, Liverpool, Birmingham, France, India and many other places.
Michael Conley is a poetry and prose writer from Manchester, UK. His poetry has appeared in magazines including Rialto, Magma, Butcher's Dog, Strix and Interpreters House, and his first pamphlet, Aquarium, was published by Flarestack. His work has been Highly Commended in the Forward Prize. His prose work has been shortlisted for the Manchester Fiction Prize, and his collection of short stories, 'Flare and Falter', was published by Splice in 2019 and longlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize. His latest pamphlet 'These are not my Dreams and Anyway Nothing here is Purple' was released in 2021 with Nine Pens Press.
Martha Sprackland is an editor, writer and translator from the north of England. She was co-founder–editor of Cake magazine, and is a co-founding editor of multilingual arts zine La Errante and the independent publishing house Offord Road Books. She has published translations from the Spanish of poems by Ana Gorría (Ciclo, Debacle Ediciones, 2020), Gladys Mendía (PTC/Ledbury, 2020), and Verónica Viola Fisher (Arc/Edge Hill, forthcoming 2021) In 2021 she was shortlisted for the Peirene–Stevns Translation Prize (fiction). Following two pamphlets, Glass As Broken Glass (Rack, 2017) and Milk Tooth (Rough Trade Books, 2018), Martha's debut collection of poems, Citadel (LUP, 2020) was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, the Costa Poetry Award and the John Pollard International Poetry Prize.
Join us on August 15th at 19:00 for the very first Poets' Directory Live! Virtual Stanza event via Zoom. The event is part of the Poetry Society's network of Stanza groups and will be bringing poetry into your home every month. Join us for readings from the excellent Charlie Baylis, Courtney Conrad, Cai Draper, Kirsten Luckins and Bryony Littlefair.
About the Poets:
Cai Draper is a poet from South London whose work appears in various publications, with pamphlets forthcoming from Bad Betty Press, Broken Sleep Books and OrangeApple Press. Find him online @DraperCai & caidraper.com
Bryony Littlefair is a poet, community centre worker and workshop facilitator living in London. Her pamphlet Giraffe won the Mslexia Pamphlet Prize in 2017 and is out now with Seren Books. She was shortlisted for the Rebecca Swift Foundation Women Poets’ Prize in 2018 and 2020. Her poems have most recently appeared in Poetry Ireland and Magma. Her first full collection Escape Room is being funded by Arts Council England and will be released with Seren in 2022. bryonylittlefair.wordpress.com
Courtney Conrad is a Jamaican poet. She is a current member of Malika's Poetry Kitchen and the London Library Emerging Writers Programme. She is an alumna of the Obsidian Foundation, Roundhouse Poetry Collective, BBC Words First Scheme and Poet in the City Producer Programme. She was the Roundhouse Slam 2018 runner-up and a BBC Fringe Slam finalist in 2019. She has competed internationally in Philadelphia at CUPSI 2018. Her poems have appeared in Bad Betty Press’ ‘Field Notes on Survival’ anthology, Poetry Birmingham Literary Journal, The White Review and The Lumiere Review with forthcoming poems in Anthropocene Poetry Journal and Anamot Press Anthology. She was shortlisted for The White Review Poet's Prize 2020 and Poetry London’s Mentoring Scheme and longlisted for the Rebecca Swift Women Poets’ Prize 2020 and The Rialto Nature and Place Poetry Competition. She has been a featured poet at Glastonbury Festival, StAnza Scotland's International Poetry Festival, UKNA City Takeover Festival, Stay at Home Festival and Brainchild Festival. Her poetry explores the intersectional politics of race, religion, gender, sexuality and migration.
Kirsten Luckins is a poet and producer from Teesside, whose practice ranges from spoken word to text art. Her work has been published in many magazines, including Butcher's Dog, Under The Radar, and Magma. Her third collection, Passerine, was published by Bad Betty in 2021. She is Project Manager for the Rebecca Swift Foundation #WomenPoetsPrize, co-founder of the Celebrating Change digital memoir project, and Director of the Tees Women Poets collective.
Charlie Baylis is from Nottingham, England. He is the Editor of Anthropocene and the Chief Editorial Advisor of Broken Sleep Books. His poetry has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize and once for the Forward Prize. His most recent publication is Santa Lucía (Invisible Hand Press). He spends his spare time completely adrift of reality.