Candlestick Press

Biographies

Here you can find out more about the huge range of poets we feature in our pamphlets and the artists whose work appears on our beautiful covers.

We’ve now published poems by over 560 historical and contemporary poets. In our pages you’ll find old favourites alongside twenty-first century voices – everyone from WH Auden to Benjamin Zephaniah. Although our emphasis is on British poetry, you’ll also find Irish, American and Australian writers.

We hope these pages will encourage you to explore further the work of a poet you’ve enjoyed in one of our pamphlets.

  • Holly Yuille

    Holly Yuille is a poet and fiction writer, who often uses magic realism in her work. As well as holding a Creative Writing Degree from Swansea University, Holly regularly performs at spoken word events in Worcester where she now lives. She was the winner of the 2019 Worcestershire Litfest Flash Fiction Slam.

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  • Benjamin Zephaniah

    Benjamin Zephaniah is a poet, novelist and playwright who grew up in Jamaica and Birmingham. He is the author of several poetry collections, including Talking Turkeys (1994); Too Black, Too Strong (2001); and We Are Britain! (2002). He also writes plays and teenage novels, and has produced many music recordings.

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  • Belinda Zhawi

    Belinda Zhawi is a Zimbabwean-born writer and educator based in London. She is a former London Laureate and ICA Associate Poet whose work explores the effects of colonialism on southern Africa. Her pamphlet Small Inheritances was published by Ignition Press in 2019.  She has run the London poetry platform Born::Free for five years.

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