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 almost 700 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.

  • Derek Walcott

    Derek Walcott (1930 – 2017) published 24 collections of poetry, as well as dramas and works of criticism. He grew up in St Lucia and divided his time between Trinidad and Boston University where he taught Creative Writing. His collection, White Egrets (2010) won the T S Eliot Prize and he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992.

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  • Jane Walker

    Jane Walker studied illustration and printmaking in Dundee and now works mostly as a printmaker using the reduction linocut technique. Her work reflects her fascination with still life and she uses everyday objects (jugs, flowers, cups) to capture a sense of the past. She is a member of Oxford Printmakers.

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  • Peter Walton

    Peter Walton is an English poet whose work engages closely with the natural world, especially with plants and birds. His full collection The Cheerfulness of Sparrows and Other Poems was published by Shoestring Press in 1998.

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  • Rob Walton

    Rob Walton was born in Scunthorpe, and lives in Whitley Bay. His poems for both adults and children have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies.  He also writes flash fictions and short stories, and collaborates with visual artists. His debut poetry collection is to be published by Culture Matters.

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  • Sarah Wardle

    Sarah Wardle was born in London and is a lecturer at Middlesex University. She was Poet in Residence at Tottenham Hotspur Football Club and is the author of several poetry collections, including Fields Away (2003), Score (2005) and Beyond (2014) – all published by Bloodaxe Books.  She has also contributed to various anthologies.

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  • Andrew Waterhouse

    Andrew Waterhouse (1958 – 2001) was a poet, environmentalist and musician who lived and worked in the north east. His poetry collection In (The Rialto 2000) won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. A second volume, 2nd, featuring poems he was gathering into a collection at the time of his death, was published in 2002.

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