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.

  • Anna Akhmatova

    Anna Akhmatova (1889 – 1966) is the pen-name of Anna Andreevna Gorenko who was born near the Black Sea port of Odessa, to an upper-class family. She is widely recognised as one of the greatest Russian poets of the 20th century and was shortlisted for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1965. Her work ranges from short lyric poems to longer cycles such as Requiem which explores Stalin’s rule of terror.

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  • Helen Allison

    Helen Allison lives in Forres in the north of Scotland. Her work has been widely published online and her first full poetry collection Tree standing small was published by Clochoderick Press in 2018 . Her work reflects her interest in the natural world and in human relationships.

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  • Deborah Alma

    Deborah Alma (otherwise known as the Emergency Poet) is a poet, editor and creative writing lecturer at Keele University. Her mission of bringing poetry to people who might not otherwise read it has led her to edit a number of popular anthologies, including Emergency Poet – An Anti-stress Poetry Anthology (Michael O’Mara, 2015).  Her own first full collection Dirty Laundry was published by Nine Arches Press in 2018.

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  • Moniza Alvi

    Moniza Alvi was born in Pakistan and grew up in England. She worked for some years as a secondary school teacher. Her poetry collections include Souls (2002), How the Stone Found Its Voice (2005) and Europa (2008), shortlisted for the 2008 T S Eliot Prize.

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  • Abeer Ameer

    Abeer Ameer grew up in Cardiff and trained as dentist before starting to write poetry. Her debut collection is Inhale/Exhale (Seren, 2021) in which she explores aspects of her Iraqi heritage. Her work has been widely published in journals and online.

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  • John Arlott

    John Arlott (1914 – 1991) was a journalist, author and cricket commentator for BBC’s Test Match Special. He was a popular authority on cricket, and known for his poetic phraseology when commentating. He was also a former police officer, wine connoisseur and poet, awarded an OBE in 1970.

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