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.

  • Anna Barker

    Anna Barker is a poet, novelist and short story writer who largely takes inspiration from the natural world. Her first novel received a Betty Trask award from the Society of Authors. She teaches creative writing and academic writing to Masters and PhD students. Her debut poetry collection, Book of Crow, was published by Indigo Dreams in November 2023.

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  • Mike Barlow

    Mike Barlow is a poet and artist. His first poetry collection Living the Difference was published by Salt in 2004. He has gone on to publish several pamphlets and to be successful in a number of major competitions. In fact, his poem ‘The Third Wife’ was the winner of the National Poetry Competition in 2006. His latest title is Charmed Lives (Smith/Doorstop, 2012).

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  • Rob Barnes

    Rob Barnes studied painting and printmaking at Hull College of Art and London University in the early 1960s. He taught etching, screen-printing, lino and related surface printmaking at Keswick Hall College in Norfolk before taking up a position at the University of East Anglia where he continued teaching in the School of Education until 2006. He now combines his work as an artist with playing the violin in various local orchestras.

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  • Elizabeth Bartlett

    Elizabeth Bartlett (1924 – 2008) wrote eight poetry collections, including the acclaimed retrospective Poetry Book Society Recommendation, Two Women Dancing: New & Selected Poems (1995). She worked for a long time in the health service, as a doctor’s receptionist, and for the Home Care Service, an environment which provided her with material for some of her most moving poems.

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  • Ellen Bass

    Ellen Bass is an American poet and non-fiction writer who now lives in California. She gained an MA in Poetry from Boston University where she studied with Anne Sexton. Her poetry collections include Mules of Love (BOA Editions Ltd., 2002) and Like a Beggar (Copper Canyon Press, 2014). She is a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and teaches creative writing.

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  • Kate Bass

    Kate Bass is a British poet who works as an illustrator. Her published collections include a pamphlet Onion House (Many Press, 1996) and a full collection The Pasta Maker (Smith Doorstop, 2003). Her poetry is infused with precise observations of everyday life and explores themes of family relationships and parenthood.

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