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Paul Groves is a poet, critic and Creative Writing Lecturer, a staple of British literary periodicals over a five-decade career. He has won many accolades, including an Eric Gregory Award (1976) and The Times Literary Supplement prize twice (1986, 2007), and has…

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Lachlan Mackinnon is a poet, scholar and critic. He won an Eric Gregory Award in 1986, followed by collections Monterey Cyprus ( Chatto & Windus, 1988),  The Coast of Bohemia (Chatto & Windus, 1991), The Jupiter Collisions (Faber & Faber,…

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It is no surprise that Muneera Pilgrim won the 2018 Ann Kaloski Naylor award for Adventurous Writing – for ‘adventurous’ is exactly the word that springs to mind when hearing her poetry. Founding member of Nana collective and Artist Associate…

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Phil Bowen

B. 1949

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Phil Bowen is a poet, performer, biographer and playwright who has worked in over 600 schools in England and Wales as a poet-in-education since 1994. Born in Liverpool, he has published four full collections, including The Professor’s Boots (Westwords), Variety’s Hammer…

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Stephen Lightbown was born in Blackburn, Lancashire.  In 1996, aged 16, he experienced a life-changing accident and is now paralysed from below the waist.  Lightbown writes extensively but not exclusively about his life as a wheelchair user. He teaches yoga…

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Thomas Warton

B. 1728 D. 1790

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Born in Hampshire, Warton was appointed Poet Laureate in 1785, Warton was also a literary historian and critic and is listed as having produced the first History of English Poetry. He was a highly regarded scholar. Warton died before he…

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Alfred Austin

B. 1835 D. 1913

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Appointed Poet Laureate in 1896, Austin was born in Headingley and was educated at Stonyhurst College, St Mary’s College and at the University of London. His upbringing was Roman Catholic but moved towards agnosticism over time.  He trained as a…

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Edwin Muir

B. 1887 D. 1959

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Edwin Muir was one of the chief Scottish poets of his day writing in English, as well as being known as a literary critic and translator. Born the son of a crofter, Muir was educated in Kirkwall. Following his marriage…

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Bob Cobbing

B. 1920 D. 2002

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Poet and publisher Bob Cobbing was born in Enfield, England. He became known internationally for pioneering visual, concrete, and sound poetry and for his dynamic and often startling poetry performances; he was known too for his role as publisher, under…

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Ann Carson was born in Canada and studied at the University of Toronto.  An academic and scholar, she has taught at several institutions, including McGill and the University of Michigan. She is an expert in ancient Greece, classical and Hellenic…

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Nigerian by birth, Soyinka studied in both Nigeria and the UK. His political views have led to periods in exile and a stay in prison with the prospect of a death sentence.  A playwright, novelist, essayist and editor as well…

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David Jones

B. 1895 D. 1974

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A graphic artist, painter and wood engraver as well as a poet, Jones’ work is recorded as being influenced by his Christian faith and Welsh roots although he was born in Brockley, South-East London. Jones became a Catholic in 1921….

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