Candlestick Press


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.

  • 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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  • WB Yeats

    William Butler Yeats (1865 – 1939) was an Irish poet and a major figure in twentieth-century poetry. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1923, the first Irishman so honoured.  A driving force behind the Irish Literary Revival, he, along with others, founded the Abbey Theatre, where he served as its chief during its early years. Yeats was a very good friend of Indian Bengali poet Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore.

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  • Tamar Yoseloff

    Tamar Yoseloff was born in the US and moved to the UK in 1987. She has published six full collections, most recently The Black Place (Seren, 2019). She is also the author of Formerly (the inaugural chapbook from her publishing venture Hercules Editions). She is currently a lecturer on the Poetry School / Newcastle University MA in Writing Poetry and cites the visual arts as one of her key areas of interest.

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