Sheila Aldous has an MA in Creative Writing. She lives in Devon by the River Teign where the forever changing scene of tides and nature, the boating community and people all bring delight and inspiration. Her first collection was published by Indigo Dreams in 2018.
Michael Bartholomew-Biggs has published five pamphlets and four full collections since 1998. His latest book is Poems in the Case, a genre-bending volume which places an eclectic poetry selection within the framework of a murder mystery.
Ian Royce Chamberlain co-founded Poetry Teignmouth in 2013 and is well known for the expressive quality of his performance work. In addition to two full collections his more lyrical poetry is much anthologised.
This year’s speaker is Imtiaz Dharker, a poet, artist and documentary film-maker. Awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2014, recipient of the Cholmondley Award and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Her six collections include Over the Moon and her latest, Luck Is the Hook. Her poems have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and 4 as well as the BBC World Service. Back by popular demand, after her last reading she left us all ‘over the moon’.
Virginia Griem is a member of Moor Poets and Poetry Teignmouth, and is actively involved in the annual Teignmouth Poetry Festival. She was winner of the Walter Swan Poetry Prize at the Ilkley Literature Festival in 2018, and her poems been published in several anthologies including The Barn Owl Trust anthology, The Broadsheet, Exeter Festival’s Threads, the Red on Bone ebook, Moor Poets IV anthology and the Play anthology.
Danielle Hope founded and edited Zenos, a magazine of British and International Poetry, edited the work of the Turkish poet, Feyyaz Fergar, was a Trustee of Survivors Poetry, is editorial advisor for the Literary Magazine, Acumen and helps in the Torbay Poetry Festival. She performs on the London scene – contemporary and slam. In her latest collection she develops a new alter ego – who struggles to cope with everyday life such as booking appointments.
Alan Jenkins was born in Surrey in 1955 and brought up in London. He studied at the University of Sussex and has worked for the Times Literary Supplement since 1981, as poetry and fiction editor, then deputy editor. He is a poet of great skill who likes to go sailing, and loads his ‘little craft of words’ with intense feelings – sexual jealousy, romantic regret, elegiac contemplation, and grief.
Dinah Livingstone has given many poetry readings in London, throughout Britain and abroad; she has received three Arts Council Writer’s Awards for her poetry. Her tenth collection, Embodiment, is published on 19 th July 2019. More info: katabasis.co.uk/dinah.html
Nancy Mattson’s fourth full collection, Vision on Platform 2 (Shoestring 2018), reflects on her Canadian prairie roots, life in England, and encounters with art, nature, faith and history. She has lived in London since 1990.
Louisa Adjoa Parker is of Ghanaian and English heritage, and has lived in the South West of England for most of her life. She writes poetry, fiction, BAME history and articles on gender and race. She has been shortlisted by the Bridport Prize and the Live Canon Competition and highly commended by the Forward Prize.
David Perman spent most of his working life as a journalist, first in newspapers then in the BBC World Service. He interviewed Mrs.Thatcher and the Ayatollah. Despite being a consumate poet, David is better known as a supporter of poetry than a poet. He was one of the founders of the still-vigorous Ware Poets and in 1991 established the Rockingham Press to publish Hertfordshire local history and poetry. Rockingham has introduced individual collections by more than 120 poets as well as anthologies of Turkish, Persian and hospital poetry.
Colin Pink is a poet, playwright and art historian. His latest collection, The Ventriloquist Dummy’s Lament, published this year, is a collaboration with the artist Daniel Goodwin and consists of 21 villanelles and 21 woodcuts.
Laura Potts is twenty-three years old and lives in West Yorkshire. Twice-recipient of the Foyle Young Poets Award, her work has been published by Aesthetica, The Moth and The Poetry Business. Having worked at The Dylan Thomas Birthplace in Swansea, Laura was nominated for The Pushcart Prize and became one of the BBC’s New Voices last year. Her first BBC radio drama aired at Christmas. She received The Mother’s Milk Writing Prize and a commendation from The Poetry Society in 2018
Anne Stewart founded and runs the online poet showcase www.poetrypf.co.uk and is administrator for Second Light, a network of women poets. Her latest collection is The Last Parent (2019) and her awards include The Bridport Prize, The Southport Prize, Silver Wyvern (Poetry on the Lake, Italy) and a Hawthornden Fellowship.
Michael Swan is a writer of English language teaching and reference materials. He graduated from University of Oxford with a bachelor´s degree in modern foreign languages and has later gone for a postgraduate research degree. He is the founder of Swan School of English.
Pamela was a teacher of English and Drama in a comprehensive school in Hertfordshire, where she became Head of the Creative Arts Faculty. She also worked as an Advisory Teacher for Drama for Hertfordshire and a drama examiner for GCSE and A Level Drama and Theatre Studies. Pamela was also committed to the development and promotion of Drama in Education through her work with local and national drama teachers’ associations. She was married to the poet, Rik Wilkinson.