Rishi Dastidar

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Rishi Dastidar’s poetry has been published by the Financial Times and BBC amongst many others. He is a fellow of The Complete Works, a consulting editor at The Rialto magazine, a member of Malika’s Poetry Kitchen, and chair of writer … Continued

Simon Armitage

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Simon Armitage was born and grew up in West Yorkshire. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry. He has published over a dozen poetry collections, including Magnetic Field, and acclaimed medieval translations of … Continued

Jackie Kay

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Jackie Kay is a Scottish poet and novelist, and was recently the Scots Makar, or National Poet of Scotland. She is the author of a number of works, including The Adoption Papers, Trumpet, Red Dust Road and recently, Bessie Smith, … Continued

Linda France

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Linda France has published eight poetry collections, including The Gentleness of the Very Tall (Bloodaxe 1994 – a Poetry Book Society Recommendation; longlisted for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize) and Reading the Flowers (Arc 2016 – longlisted for the Laurel Prize; ‘Bernard and … Continued

Sean O’Brien

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Sean O’Brien’s eleventh collection, Embark, is due from Picador in autumn 2022. He is Emeritus Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. His recent work includes a translation of the Collected Poems … Continued

Sinéad Morrissey

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Sinéad Morrissey was born in Northern Ireland in 1972 and grew up in Belfast. She is the author of six poetry collections. In 2013, she was appointed Belfast’s inaugural Poet Laureate. Her awards include first prize in the UK National … Continued

Linda Anderson

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Linda Anderson recently retired as Professor of English from Newcastle University where she established the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts, the Newcastle Poetry Festival and the Bloodaxe Archive. She is now the Chair of Bloodaxe Books. In 2020, after … Continued

Imtiaz Dharker

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Imtiaz Dharker is a poet, artist and video film maker, Chancellor of Newcastle University. awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in  2014. Her six collections, all published by Bloodaxe Books, include Over the Moon and the latest, Luck is … Continued