James Aitchison was born in Stirlingshire in 1938. He has published five collections of poems: Sounds Before Sleep, Spheres, Second Nature, Brain Scans, Bird-Score and the critical study, The Golden Harvester: The Vision of Edwin Muir.
His articles on the creative process and poetics have appeared in Acumen, Agenda, The Dark Horse, The David Jones Journal and The Philosopher.
Beverley Bie Brahic lives in Paris. She is the translator of works by Apollinaire, Ponge, Jacques Roubaud and Hélène Cixous, whose Portrait of Jacques Derrida as a Young Jewish Saint was published by Columbia University Press in 2004. The recipient of a Canada Council for the Arts Emerging Writer Grant, her poems have appeared in Ambit, Canadian Literature, Poetry (Chicago), Poetry Review, PoetryWales, The Times Literary Supplement and elsewhere.
Andy Brown is Director of the Exeter University Writing Programme, and was formerly an Arvon Foundation Centre Director. He collaborated with David Morley on the Worple Press poetry collection Of Science. His most recent book of poems is The Fool and the Physician (Salt Publishing). Other recent books are Goose Music (with John Burnside), Fall of the Rebel Angels (both Salt) and The Storm Berm. A selection of his poems appears in the Bloodaxe anthology Identity Parade. He edited two collections of correspondences with authors, Binary Myths 1&2, and is editing a book of essays on Kelvin Corocoran (Shearsman). He is also co-editing, A Body of Work: Poetry and Medicine 1750-present, with Corinna Wagner, for Bloomsbury/Continuum.
Elizabeth Cook was born in Gibraltar in 1952, spent her childhood in Nigeria and Dorset, and now lives in East London and Suffolk. She is the editor of the Oxford Authors John Keats and author of Achilles (Methuen and Picador USA), a work of fiction with a performance life, acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic. Her poetry, short fiction and critical reviews have appeared in many journals including Agenda, The London Review of Books, Poetry London, Stand, Moving Worlds and Tears in the Fence. She has been a Hawthornden Fellow and wrote the libretto for Francis Grier’s The Passion of Jesus of Nazareth, jointly commissioned by VocalEssence in Minneapolis and the BBC. She has since collaborated with him on a sequence of poems for a Vespers setting to be premiered in 2013.
John Freeman was born in Essex, grew up in South London and studied English at Cambridge. He lived in Yorkshire before moving to Wales where he teaches at Cardiff University. A Suite For Summer is his ninth collection of poems. Other collections include The Light Is Of Love, I Think: New and Selected Poems (Stride), and Landscape With Portraits (Redbeck). Stride also published a book of essays, The Less Received: Neglected Modern Poets. The essay ‘We Must Talk Now’ appeared in Cusp: recollections of poetry in transition, edited by Geraldine Monk (Shearsman, 2012). In 2013 John Freeman won third prize in the National Poetry Competition.
Born in Chiswick in 1954, John Greening has lived in Upper Egypt, New Jersey, Mannheim, Arbroath but chiefly in Huntingdonshire, where he teaches. He has published more than a dozen collections (including Hunts, Poems 1979-2009) and several critical studies – of Yeats, Ted Hughes, Hardy, Edward Thomas, First World War Poets and the Elizabethans. His most recent book is a guide to the art: Poetry Masterclass. A regular reviewer with the TLS and a judge for the Eric Gregory Awards, Greening has received the Bridport Prize, the TLS Centenary Prize and a Cholmondeley Award for his poetry. His collection To the War Poets appears later this year from OxfordPoets.
Worple will publish Greening’s collection Knot in 2013.
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Kevin Jackson is a writer, critic, broadcaster, researcher and journalist. His recent books include Invisible Forms – a guide to literary curiosities (Picador); The Oxford Book of Money, The Humphrey Jennings Film Reader (Carcanet). His Radio 3 programme on Ruskin – People Be Good was broadcast in January 2000. Recent television includes a two part documentary The Burgess Variations for BBC 2.
Peter Kane Dufault was born in 1923, grew up in Westchester County, N.Y., and studied at Harvard; he now lives and writes in a cabin he built in Hillsdale, New York State. He graduated in 1947 and the first of his books of verse was published in 1954. He has been variously employed as tree-surgeon, journalist, teacher, house-painter, pollster and, in 1968, he was a candidate for US Congress, running on the Liberal Party’s anti-Vietnam war platform; he is known locally as a fiddler, banjo-player and dance-caller. Poems have appeared in many magazines, including the New Yorker and London Magazine, and anthologies, including the 1996 Norton Anthology. He is well known for his live performances and has twice been Visiting Poet at the Cheltenham Festival.
Michael McKimm was born in Belfast in 1983 and grew up near the Giant’s Causeway. A graduate of the Warwick Writing Programme, he won an Eric Gregory Award in 2007 and was an International Writing Fellow at the University of Iowa in 2010. His debut collection is Still This Need (Heaventree Press, 2009) and he is published in the anthologies Best of Irish Poetry 2010 (Southword Editions, 2009), Best British Poetry 2012 (Salt, 2012) and Dear World & Everyone In It: new poetry in the UK (Bloodaxe, 2013), amongst others. In 2012 he received a grant from Arts Council England to create a new series of poems addressing the geology of climate change. Worple Press will publish these poems in the pamphlet Fossil Sunshine in 2013.
David Morley read Zoology at Bristol University, gained a fellowship from the Freshwater Biological Association and pursued research on acid rain. He co-founded the Writing Programme at the University of Warwick, of which he is now director, and develops and teaches new practices in scientific and creative writing. He co-edited The New Poetry for Bloodaxe and authored The Cambridge Introduction to Creative Writing. He has published nine collections of poetry; the latest, The Invisible Kings (Carcanet 2008) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation (photo copyright Jemimah Kuhfeld).
Peter Robinson was born in Salford, Lancashire, in 1953, and grew up mainly in Liverpool. He co-edited the magazines Perfect Bound and Numbers while helping organize various Cambridge Poetry Festivals and a Poetry International at the South Bank Centre. His many volumes of poetry include a Selected Poems (2003), Ghost Characters (2006) and The Look of Goodbye (2008). He was awarded the Cheltenham Prize for This Other Life (1988). Both The Great Friend and Other Translated Poems (2002) and The Returning Sky (2012) were recommendations of the Poetry Book Society. A translator of poetry, mainly from the Italian, The Selected Poetry and Prose of Vittorio Sereni (with Marcus Perryman) appeared in 2006 and paperback in 2013. Read more »
Iain Sinclair is now firmly established as one of the most dazzlingly gifted and important of contemporary British writers. His wide-ranging recent work encompasses poetry (The Ebbing of Kraft, Saddling the Rabbit), fiction (Landor’s Tower, Dining on Stones), and documentary prose, including his best-selling Lights Out For the Territory and his M25 epic London Orbital.
Clive Wilmer teaches at the University of Cambridge, where he is Emeritus Fellow in English at Sidney Sussex College and an Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of English. He is also an Honorary Fellow of Anglia Ruskin University. He has published six volumes of poetry, mostly with Carcanet Press, which in 2012 produced his New and Collected Poems. Collections of his poems has been published in Hungarian (2002) and in Spanish (2011); individual poems have been translated into Bulgarian, Italian and Swedish. Read more »
Anthony Wilson is a poet, writing tutor and lecturer at the University of Exeter. His books of poetry are Riddance (Worple Press, 2012), Full Stretch: Poems 1996-2006 (Worple Press, 2006), Nowhere Better Than This (Worple Press, 2002) and How Far From Here is Home? (Stride, 1996). He is also the author of a prose memoir, Love for Now (Impress Books, 2012), detailing his experience of cancer.
Anthony has held writing residencies at The Poetry Society, The Times Educational Supplement, The Poetry Trust and Tate Britain, and he works as a tutor for the Arvon Foundation. He is editor of Creativity in Primary Education (Learning Matters, 2009), and co-editor of Making Poetry Matter (Continuum, 2013), and The Poetry Book for Primary Schools (Poetry Society, 1998). Read more »
Joseph Woods was born in Drogheda in 1966. He studied science and holds an MA in Creative Writing (Lancaster University). Widely published, he has read as far afield as Russia and India. In 2000 he won the Patrick Kavanagh Award. His first collection, Sailing to Hokkaido was published by Worple Press (2001), which was followed by Bearings in 2005. He has been Director of Poetry Ireland since 2001.