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.

  • Ashbery, John

    Ashbery, John

    John Ashbery (1927 – 2017) was one of the greatest American poets of the twentieth century, winning almost every one of the country’s literary awards. His first collection was Some Trees (1957) which won a competition judged by WH Auden (later said that he hadn’t understood any of the poems). Ashbery’s later work was influenced by abstract expressionism and his experience as an art critic. He believed that poetry should reflect the fluidity and uncertainty of life.

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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

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  • 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.


  • Auden, WH

    Auden, WH

    Wystan Hugh Auden (1907 – 1973) was a poet, playwright, critic and librettist. He grew up in Birmingham, England, but later became an American citizen. He became familiar with modernist poetry while studying at Oxford and in 1930 T.S. Eliot helped him publish his first collection. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1948.


  • Banjoko, Panya

    Banjoko, Panya

    Panya Banjoko is a writer, storyteller and performance poet who performed at the 2012 Olympics. Her first published work was ‘Brain Drain’ published in IC3– An Anthology of New Black Writing In Britain (Penguin 2000). Her second, ‘Rasta in the Millennium’ was published by the Millennium Commission. She also writes for children and her work has featured in numerous anthologies.


  • Barlow, Mike

    Barlow, Mike

    Mike Barlow is a poet and artist. His first poetry collection Living the Difference was published by Salt in 2004. He has gone on to publish several pamphlets and to be successful in a number of major competitions. In fact, his poem ‘The Third Wife’ was the winner of the National Poetry Competition in 2006. His latest title is Charmed Lives (Smith/Doorstop, 2012).


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