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.

  • Robert Wrigley

    Robert Wrigley is an American poet who has published numerous collections, including Anatomy of Melancholy & Other Poems (Penguin, 2013).  His work often engages with rural Western landscapes, exploring how humans belong within the natural world. He cites Keats and Wallace Stevens as major influences on his own writing. He lives in Idaho.

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  • Lynne Wycherley

    Lynne Wycherley was born in East Anglia and her widely published poetry is inspired by the haunting landscape of the Fens. Her most recent collections are Poppy in a Storm-Tossed Field (2009) and Listening to Light: New and Selected Poems (2014) both published by Shoestring Press.

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  • Hedd Wyn

    Hedd Wyn (1887 –1917) was a Welsh language poet who was posthumously awarded the bard’s chair at the 1917 National Eisteddfod after being killed in World War I. Born Ellis Humphrey Evans, he was inspired to take the bardic name Hedd Wyn, meaning ‘Blessed Peace’, from the way sunlight penetrated the mist in the Meirionydd valleys.

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  • Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch

    Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch has published three collections of poems, Rockclimbing in Silk (Seren, 2001), Not in These Shoes (Picador, 2008) and Banjo (Picador, 2012). Her work has appeared in The Guardian, The Independent, Poetry London, Poetry Wales and Poetry Review. In 2005 she was awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship and in 2007 a grant from the Society of Authors.

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  • Paul Yandle

    Paul Yandle is a poet and trainee English teacher from South Wales. He studied Creative and Professional Writing at the University of Glamorgan and graduated in 2005. His poems have been published in several literary anthologies and magazines, including Poetry Wales.

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  • Tiphanie Yanique

    Tiphanie Yanique was born in the Caribbean and now lives in New York. She writes fiction and poetry and her collection Wife won the Forward/Felix Dennis Prize in the UK for Best First Collection in 2016.  She had started writing it in 2000. She has commented that poets use language and form ‘to find a way to say something anew.’

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