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.

  • 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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  • Atkin, Jean

    Atkin, Jean

    Jean Atkin is an award-winning poet based in Shropshire. Her first collection, Not Lost Since Last Time, is published by Oversteps Books. She has also published five poetry pamphlets and a children’s novel, The Crow House. She has held residencies and worked on projects, especially collaborative projects, in both Scotland and England. Her website is www.jeanatkin.com

    Twelve Poems about Chickens


  • Atkinson, Tiffany

    Atkinson, Tiffany

    Tiffany Atkinson (b1972) was born in Berlin and has lived in Wales since 1993. She lectures in English and Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University. Her first collection was Kink and Particle (Seren 2006) and her third So Many Moving Parts (Bloodaxe 2014) won the Roland Mathias Poetry Award (Wales Book of the Year) in 2015.


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