Biogs

The poets featured in our pamphlets are a mixture of contemporary and historical, well known and hardly known. Whilst our emphasis has tended to be on British poetry, our poets include Irish, American and Australian writers. We list them all below.

  • Akhmatova, Anna

    Akhmatova, Anna

    Anna Akhmatova (1889 – 1966) is the pen-name of Anna Andreevna Gorenko who was born near the Black Sea port of Odessa, to an upper-class family.  She is widely recognised as one of the greatest Russian poets of the 20th century and was shortlisted for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1965. Her work ranges from short lyric poems to longer cycles such as Requiem which explores Stalin’s rule of terror.

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  • Alma, Deborah

    Alma, Deborah

    Deborah Alma (otherwise known as the Emergency Poet) is a poet, editor and creative writing lecturer at Keele University. Her mission of bringing poetry to people who might not otherwise read it has led her to edit a number of popular anthologies, including Emergency Poet – An Anti-stress Poetry Anthology (Michael O’Mara, 2015).  Her own first full collection Dirty Laundry was published by Nine Arches Press in 2018.

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  • Alvi, Moniza

    Alvi, Moniza

    Moniza Alvi (b1954) was born in Pakistan and grew up in England. She worked for some years as a secondary school teacher. Her poetry collections include Souls (2002), How the Stone Found Its Voice (2005) and Europa (2008), shortlisted for the 2008 T S Eliot Prize.


  • Arlott, John

    Arlott, John

    John Arlott (1914-1991) was a journalist, author and cricket commentator for BBC’s Test Match Special. He was a popular authority on cricket, and known for his poetic phraseology when commentating. He was also a former police officer, wine connoisseur and poet, awarded an OBE in 1970.

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  • Armitage, Simon

    Armitage, Simon

    Simon Armitage (b. 1963) is a major UK poet who has also written novels and works of non-fiction. His first poetry book Zoom was published by Bloodaxe in 1989 and since then he has gone on to publish more than fifteen collections. His work regularly features on the GCSE English syllabus and in 2015 he became Oxford Professor of Poetry. He is also Professor of Poetry at Sheffield University.


  • Armstrong, Martin

    Armstrong, Martin

    Martin (Donisthorpe) Armstrong (1882-1974) was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and served in France in the First World War. He wrote in a variety of forms, in later years concentrating on fiction, but spent much of his early career writing poetry. He played a central role in the Georgian poetry movement in the 1920s.

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