Here is our list of contributors to the Poetry Marathon, who have so generously offered their time and skills. The list is in alphabetical order and includes where possible links to the contributors own websites and / or other ways to contact them for more information. All information supplied by third parties in this list is subject to change and is the responsibility of the contributors.
Poets Readers Musicians Others (publishers, speakers, broadcasters etc.)
Jean Atkin’s poetry has appeared in many publications and she has also undertaken commissions. Her awards include the Dartington Hall Ways With Words Poetry Competition, the Torbay Open Poetry Prize and the Ravenglass Poetry Press Competition, amongst others. Her poetry has been anthologised by Worple Press, Vanguard Poetry, Sidekick Books, Candlestick Press, Second Light Press, Grey Hen Press, Cinnamon Press and Fair Acre Press.
Meg Cox lives in North Herefordshire and has one pamphlet Looking over my Shoulder at Sodom. She is a member of the Herefordshire Stanza and reads in Ludlow, Ledbury and Shrewsbury amongst other venues.
Lyndon Davies was born and brought up in Cardiff and has lived in various parts of Britain and France. His poems have appeared in Poetry Wales, New Welsh Review and Fire and he has also written a series of essays on poetry and art for Poetry Wales. He was instrumental in establishing the Glasfryn Project which began as a series of literary and artistic seminars and discussion groups in Llangattock, Powys.
Lesley writes ‘I live on a hill in the Welsh Marches and find my poems invariably come from my surroundings. Wildlife, landscape and the seasons are recurring themes. Increasingly I write about how change disrupts patterns and poses difficult questions. I am a founder member of the Marches Poets group and my poems are included in each of the group’s published pamphlets.’
Allen Fisher is a poet, painter, publisher, teacher and performer associated with the British Poetry Revival. He was born in London and started writing poetry in 1962. He has over 150 publications to his name consisting of art documentation, poetry and theory. He is Emeritus Professor of Poetry and Art at Manchester Metropolitan University. He has exhibited widely and his work is represented in the Tate Gallery. He edits the magazine Spanner.
Y Gors Ddu (The Black Bog): a short film on Vimeo
Roger Garfitt has lived in the Marches since 1986 and his Border Songs are etched into the glass of the County Archives in Shrewsbury. His Selected Poems are published by Carcanet Press and his memoir The Horseman’s Word, is a Vintage paperback. He will be performing some tracks from In All My Holy Mountain, A Celebration in Poetry & Jazz of the life and work of Mary Webb that has just come out on CD.
(Photograph by Gareth Rees-Roberts)
Mick Greenway worked in theatre as director, actor and playwright (and is still available.) He is an occasional poet and short story writer. Sadly addicted to doggerel, he dislikes turkey, cold or otherwise.
Steve Griffiths was born in Anglesey. He has published seven collections of poems since 1980. His Late Love Poems were published by Cinnamon Press in January 2016. His work has been broadcast on BBC Radio and he has read around the world. He has appeared in a number of anthologies. For years he was a welfare rights and community worker in North London, then became a researcher into poverty and health inequality. Much of his poetry reflects this, seeking to cast light on what it’s like to experience injustice, and on the forces that underlie it, in the urban and rural communities he has lived in, but also in the wider world.
Having been published in poetry magazines including Iota, Roundyhouse and Earth Love, as well as performing her poetry at a range of venues, Nicky has launched her first poetry collection this year and is celebrating her recent success as 2nd prize winner in the Writing Magazine Haiku Competition 2017. Her poetry ranges from the funny to the thought-provoking, inspired by nature and the countryside as well as anything that touches her deeply or makes her laugh. She aims to write things that look at life from a different angle and to create poetry that is accessible.
Rhiannon Hooson has an MA with distinction in Creative Writing and a PhD in Poetry. She has won major awards for her work, including an Eric Gregory award from the Society of Authors for a short collection, Un. Her first pamphlet This Reckless Beauty, was published in 2004 and she has since been widely published in literary magazines and anthologies. Her first full length collection The Other City, was published by Seren in November 2016.
Nadia is a poet who has performed with an astrophysicist, poet and musician in e-x-p-a-n-d-i-n-g: The History of the Universe in 45 Minutes. She ran a poetry-writing project called Maligned Species and writes poems for an herbal blog called Roots to Health. She currently runs an urban birds art and poetry project. She is the founder and editor of Fair Acre Press.
Her first two poetry collections Kung Fu Lullabies, and Cure for a Crooked Smile, are published by Ragged Raven Press and were well received by critics. Her third collection Swarf, is from Smokestack Books. She has also had poems for children and young people commissioned and published by Pont Books: Second Thoughts, Poems of Love and Longing and A Child’s Book of Poems.
Amanda Lawrence comes from a family of amateur poets committed to social justice and freedom. Their poems have been self-published. She will be reading from their work and poems written by prisoners of conscience.
Marches Poets are a group of writers living in the Marches area. Members of the group have all participated in Aberystwyth University Creative Writing Courses and their work displays a wide range of themes, styles and experience. The group has published five poetry pamphlets, the latest being Hefted (2013) and The History Launderette (2015). In addition to holding readings of their own poetry they also organise events and workshops to share their love of poetry with a wider audience.
Nicholas Murray is a freelance author and journalist, author of biographies, five collections of poems and two novels. A regular contributor of poems, essays and reviews to a wide range of newspapers and literary magazines. With his wife, Susan Murray he runs Rack Press Poetry based in Kinnerton, Powys. In 2015 he was the winner of the Basil Bunting Award for Poetry. His latest collection of poems is The Migrant Ship 2017 (2016) and a collection of essays Crossings: a journey through borders 2016.
Rack Press website
Gareth Owen is a poet, novelist and broadcaster who has won prizes for his writing for children and is well-known for his readings for the BBC and other organisations. Has been awarded the Welsh Academy Award for Spoken Poetry. Raven Books published Icarus by Mobile in 2013
Helena Paul is a writer, performer, poet and musician (cello and trumpet). She co-founded Burnt Bridges Theatre Company (1982-87), a woman’s theatre group, using acting, music, acrobatics, performance art and design to improvise and create new theatre. She has written many articles and papers and co-wrote a book: Hungry Corporations: Transnational Biotech Companies Colonise the Food Chain, in association with Econexus and Pesticide Action Network, Asia-Pacific, published by Zed Books, November 2003. She has always continued to write poetry and recently co-founded Terabac, an experimental theatre company.
Poetry in Presteigne
Poetry in Presteigne has as its patron, the well-known poet Gillian Clarke (National Poet of Wales 2008-2016.) The group meets regularly at the Radnorshire Arms in Presteigne, welcoming visitor poets and encouraging local writers. They are supported by Literature Wales.
Gareth Rees-Roberts is a classical guitarist who has performed with actors and poets, including Roger Garfitt, Sir Roy Strong and Dame Siân Phillips. Over the years he has devised many programmes with Lynden Rees-Roberts including La Guitarra, a journey from Granada to Aldeburgh combining the music of Benjamin Britten’s guitar composition Nocturnal, with the poetry of García Lorca and the music of Manuel da Falla, and Deaths and Entrances, paying tribute to the work of Dylan Thomas.
Lynden Rees-Roberts is an artist, poet, singer and a member of Marches Poets since 2010. In 2015 she organised the first Presteigne Poetry Festival and since then has continued to organise a monthly programme of readings Poetry in Presteigne, in combination with local poets and invited guest writers from across Wales and the UK. She enjoys devising and performing a variety of programmes with Gareth combining music, songs and poetry.
Camilla Saunders aka Cancantata (piano, voice, trombone) is a composer and improviser, and co-founder of Footloose Arts. She studied in Hungary and Romania, has worked with many theatre groups, is an occasional performer with Oxford Improvisers and has collaborated with artists from India, Japan and Iraq. Recordings include solo improvised piano music Meeting Point, with Neela Bhagwat, and most recently, Songs for Interesting Times, compositions include Spring Peeper, for 100 voice choir Becoming, a semi-improvised piece written for Choir Brevis, Vilnius, and choral sections for Variation and Adaptation, recently performed at Cardiff National Museum.
Michael is a poet who has been writing poetry for his own enjoyment. He has a deep interest in natural history and wild life with a love of literature.
A member of Ledbury’s Homend Poets and editor of their annual book, Bill has been described variously as a “poetry activist” and “who is this idiot?” Having occasionally been published in magazines, anthologies, hymn collections and on the side of a Guernsey bus, Bill translates poems by the 8th century Chinese poet Li Bai, a match made in heaven, as both have talked to the moon when drunk.
British baritone with albums and many performances to his name. He is well-known for his work with the Coull Quartet, singing songs from A.E Housman’s A Shropshire Lad. Graham will be accompanied on piano by Richard Lewis.
Philip Wells is a performance poet who performs in a huge variety of venues. He is Poet in Residence at The Chelsea and Westminster Hospital School and works with profoundly disabled children. He often collaborates with other artists, including fire jugglers, photographers, artists and musicians, and in 2006 his opera about Thomas Becket, written with composer Stephen Barlow, was performed at Canterbury Cathedral. In 2003 he toured with a string quartet and tabla player. His commissions include poems for the London Eye (Channel 4) and Ode to Fashion (Harper and Queens). His poems have been published in a number of literary magazines, and he is the author of children’s book Daddy Island (2001). His latest book is an adult poetry collection Horse Whispering in the Military Industrial Complex (2009).