Sally Baker was born in Suffolk and now lives in the Pennines. Her poems have appeared in various places, including The North, Pennine Platform, Propel and the Nine Arches anthology After Sylvia. Her pamphlet The Sea and The Forest was published by The Poetry Business, and a poem was shortlisted for the Forward Prize. She works as Reader in Residence for The Reader as well as teaching poetry, and is currently studying for a PhD in Place Writing Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University. She likes the sea, growing flowers, and collecting ships in bottles.
DR SARAH CORBETT
Dr Sarah Corbett, has published 5 collections of poetry, most recently A Perfect Mirror (Pavilion Poetry/Liverpool University Press, 2018), and the verse-novel And She Was (Pavilion, 2015), both highly commended in the Forward Poetry Prizes. Her work has been shortlisted for the Forward and T.S. Eliot prizes, and widely translated and anthologised. She also writes fiction, and has won two Northern Writer’s Awards for fiction (2019 & 2021). Sarah is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Lancaster University and lives in Hebden Bridge.
Michael Crowley was born and raised north of London, south of Watford. He went to university in Manchester and never returned home. He is the author of two novels, a novella, two collections of poetry, a history of the Community Party of Great Britian, a criminology textbook and numerous plays. He has worked extensively in youth theatre and has written drama for BBC Radio and Sky Arts. Michael was writer in residence at a young offender’s institution for six years through the Writers in Prison Network. His poetry, published by Smokestack Books, includes First Fleet and The Battle of Heptomstall. The first sequence of both collections is written as dramatic verse in the voices of fictional and historical characters. He will be reading from First Fleet on September 22nd, whilst creating dramatic voices for poetry, will be the subject of his workshop on the 24th.
Victoria Gatehouse is a writer and researcher, based in Yorkshire. She has won, and been placed in, many competitions and her poems have been broadcast on BBC radio and published in numerous magazines and anthologies including Mslexia, The Rialto, The North, Magma, Butcher’s Dog and Poetry News.
Victoria’s pamphlet The Mechanics of Love, published by smith|doorstop, was selected as a Laureate’s Choice in 2019. Her first collection is forthcoming.
Atar Hadari trained as an actor before studying playwrighting. His plays won awards from the BBC, Arts Council of England, National Foundation of Jewish Culture (New York), European Association of Jewish Culture (Brussels) and the RSC, where he was Young Writer in Residence.
His “Songs from Bialik: Selected Poems of H. N. Bialik” (Syracuse University Press) has become the standard translation, and his previous collection “Rembrandt’s Bible” published by Indigo Dreams.
His Pen Translates award winning “Lives of the Dead: Collected Poems of Hanoch Levin” appeared from Arc in 2018. The University of Manchester commissioned thes equence ‘Gethsemane Suite’ in response to a fragment of the Gospel of John in the John Rylance Library.
The Author’s Foundation awarded him a grant to develop that sequence into the collection ‘Gethsemane’ now published by Shearsman. He received Orthodox rabbinic ordination as well as a doctorate in Theology for his research on William Tyndale’s translation of Deuteronomy.
Jodie Hollander’s work has appeared in journals such as The Poetry Review, The Yale Review, The Harvard Review, PN Review, The Kenyon Review, Poetry London, The Hudson Review, The Dark Horse, The New Criterion, The Rialto, Verse Daily, The Best Australian Poems of 2011, and The Best Australian Poems of 2015. Her debut full-length collection, My Dark Horses, was published with Liverpool University Press & Oxford University Press. Her second collection, Nocturne, will be published with the Liverpool & Oxford University Press in the spring of 2023. Hollander is the recipient of a MacDowell fellowship and a Fulbright fellowship in South Africa. She is also the originator of ‘Poetry in the Parks,’ in conjunction with several National Parks and Monuments in the US. She currently lives in Flagstaff, Arizona.
a href=”#Ian Humphreys’ debut poetry collection Zebra (Nine Arches Press) was nominated for the Portico Prize. His second collection, Tormentil (Nine Arches) won a Royal Society of Literature ‘Literature Matters’ Award while in progress.
He is the editor of Why I Write Poetry (Nine Arches), and the producer and co-editor of After Sylvia: Poems and Essays in Celebration of Sylvia Plath (Nine Arches). In 2023, Ian was appointed Writer in Residence at the Brontë Parsonage Museum. He is widely published in journals and anthologies and has written for the BBC. Ian is a fellow of The Complete Works.
Clare Shaw (they/them) has four poetry collections with Bloodaxe: Straight Ahead, Head On, Flood, and Towards a General Theory of Love (2022). Their latest collection attracted a Northern Writer’s Award, and was a Poetry Society Book of the Year. With a background in mental health research and education, Clare’s poetry is often underpinned by the theory and experienced of mental distress – and they campaign for more informed, compassionate and well-resourced responses to self-injury and suicide. Clare lectures in creative writing at the University of Huddersfield, and is a regular tutor for Wordsworth Grasmere, the Royal Literary Fund and the Arvon Foundation. They live on the hills above Hebden, and the Calder Valley landscape is a strong presence in their writing.
Sammy Weaver is a writer of poetry and creative nonfiction based in West Yorkshire. Her poetry and prose have appeared in The Moth, The Irish Times, The Island Review and Anthropocene, and have been anthologised widely. She won The Moth Magazine’s Nature Writing competition in 2020. She was shortlisted for a Northern Writers’ Award for poetry and Nine Arches Press’ Primers scheme in 2021. Sammy’s first pamphlet Angola, America (Seren) won the Mslexia Poetry Pamphlet Prize 2021.