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.

  • Barnes, Rob

    Barnes, Rob

    Rob Barnes studied painting and printmaking at Hull College of Art and London University in the early 1960s. He taught etching, screen-printing, lino and related surface printmaking at Keswick Hall College in Norfolk before taking up a position at the University of East Anglia where he continued teaching in the School of Education until 2006. He now combines his work as an artist with playing the violin in various local orchestras.


  • Bartlett, Elizabeth

    Bartlett, Elizabeth

    Elizabeth Bartlett (1924-2008) wrote eight poetry collections, including the acclaimed retrospective Poetry Book Society Recommendation, Two Women Dancing: New & Selected Poems (1995). She worked for a long time in the health service, as a doctor’s receptionist, and for the Home Care Service, an environment which provided her with material for some of her most moving poems.

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  • Batchelor, Paul

    Batchelor, Paul

    Paul Batchelor was born in Northumberland and is a poet and critic. His first collection of poems, The Sinking Road, was published by Bloodaxe in 2008. He has won the Times Stephen Spender Prize for Translation and the Edwin Morgan International Poetry Prize, and he writes criticism for the Guardian and the TLS.

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  • Belbin, David

    Belbin, David

    David Belbin (b. 1958) was born in Sheffield but has lived in Nottingham since completing his degree at Nottingham University. He is a popular short story writer and the author of numerous novels for young adults. His short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies and many are published in Provenance: New and Collected Stories from Shoestring Press. David teaches creative writing at Nottingham Trent University.

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  • Bell, Jo

    Bell, Jo

    Jo Bell is a poet, tutor and mentor. She was born in Sheffield and until 2015 was the first Canal Laureate, appointed by The Poetry Society and the Canal & River Trust. She has published several collections of poetry, including most recently Kith (Nine Arches Press, 2015).

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  • Bellerby, Frances

    Bellerby, Frances

    Frances Bellerby (1899 – 1975) was born in Bristol. She worked as a teacher and journalist, and in 1932 published a novel, Shadowy Bricks.   She settled in Cornwall and later in Devon, producing poetry, short stories, and another novel.


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