Paul Batchelor was born in Northumberland. His first collection of poems, The Sinking Road, was published by Bloodaxe in 2008. He is a freelance writer and teacher, and regularly reviews for The Guardian, The Times and the TLS. He has received an Eric Gregory Award, The Times Stephen Spender Prize for Translation and the Edwin Morgan International Poetry Competition. He was recently given the Arthur Welton Award for poetry.
Issue 7: Two Poems
Paddy Bushe was born in Dublin in 1948, and now lives in Kerry. He writes in both Irish and English, and has published eight collections of poetry, the most recent of which is To Ring in Silence: New and Selected Poems (Dedalus Press, 2008), a bilingual volume. He has also published three books of translations. He has edited an anthology, Voices at the World’s Edge: Irish Poets on Skellig Michael (Dedalus Press, 2010) featuring twelve poets and a photographer who stayed on Skellig Michael as part of an OPW project. He is a member of Aosdána.
Issue 7: Four Poems
Lucy Durneen was born in the Cambridgeshire Fens in 1978, and studied English and Art History at the University of York. A love of reading sent her on a career path that began with a job working with the six million books of Cambridge University Library and evolved into teaching English and Creative Writing at the University of Plymouth. She now lives in Cornwall with her artist husband and four children. Her writing often draws upon the physical wildness of her geographical surroundings as a means of exploring experiences of loss and desire. A number of these short stories and poems are beginning to appear in journals in Britain and Ireland. She has recently been shortlisted for the inaugural Lightship Short Story Prize.
Issue 7: It Wasn't Stockhausen's
Yvonne Green was born in London in 1957. Her poems have been published in many magazines and journals and on BBC Radio 4’s 'The Food Programme'.
She was poet in residence to JWA Women’s Refuge, to Norwood Ravenswood and at Spiro’s Ark.
Her first collection, Boukhara, was a winner in the Poetry Business Competition; and her forthcoming collection, After Semyon Izrailevich Lipkin: 1911—2003, was named PBS Translation Choice for Winter 2011. She is currently poet in residence to The Global Foundation for the Elimination of Domestic Violence.
Issue 7: Senyon Izrailevitch Lipkin: Translations
Rita Ann Higgins has published nine collections of poetry. Five with Salmon publishing and four with Bloodaxe including Throw in the Vowels, New and Selected Poems 2005, reissued in 2010 with audio CD. In 2010 Salmon published Hurting God(part essay, part rhyme). Bloodaxe recently published her new collection of poetry called Ireland is Changing Mother. She is a member of Aosdána.
Issue 7: Three Poems
Caleb is from Birmingham, UK. He is author of the chapbook All Safe All Well (Flarestack Poets) and editor of Likestarlings.com.
Issue 7: Nudist Beach
Jon McGregor is the author of the critically acclaimed If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things and So Many Ways to Begin. He is the winner of the Betty Trask Prize and the Somerset Maugham Award, and has been twice longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He was born in Bermuda in 1976. He grew up in Norfolk and now lives in Nottingham. Even the Dogs, published by Bloomsbury in February 2010 and in paperback in February 2011, is his third novel.
Issue 7: I Remember There Was a Hill
Steven Millhauser is the author of numerous works of fiction, including Martin Dressler, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1997, and, most recently, Dangerous Laughter, a New York Times Book Review Best Book of the Year. His work has been translated into fifteen languages, and his story "Eisenheim the Illusionist" was the basis of the 2006 film The Illusionist. He teaches at Skidmore College and lives in Saratoga Springs, New York.
Issue 7: The Slap
Travis Mossotti was awarded the 2011 May Swenson Poetry Award for his first collection of poems, About the Dead (Utah State University Press, 2011), and his work has appeared in such places as the Antioch Review, Cincinnati Review, Dark Horse,
Mossotti has recently been a faculty lecturer at the University of California Santa Cruz and now teaches at Lindenwood University in St. Louis where he resides with his wife Regina and their daughter Cora.
Issue 7: Hills -- after Apollinaire
Sean O’Brien is Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the 2007 recipient of the Northern Rock Foundation Writer’s award. His books include the essays on contemporary poetry The Deregulated Muse and the anthology The Firebox: Poetry in Britain and Ireland after 1945 (both 1998), and his 2006 new verse version of Dante’s Inferno.
His selected poems, Cousin Coat: Selected Poems 1976-2001, was published in 2002. His six individual poetry collections have all won awards, most recently The Drowned Book; which won the 2007 Forward and T.S. Eliot Prizes.
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Issue 7: Two Poems
Photo by Caroline Forbes
Catherine O'Flynn’s debut novel, What Was Lost, won the Costa First Novel Award, was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, and was longlisted for the Booker Prize and the Orange Prize. She was named Waterstone’s Newcomer of the Year in 2008 at the Galaxy British Book Awards.
Her second novel The News Where You Are was published in 2010 and shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize and the Mystery Writers of America Edgars Awards.
Her short stories and articles have featured in Granta magazine, Good Housekeeping and on Radio 4.
She lives in Birmingham with her husband and daughter.
Issue 7: Heroes
Timothy Shea received his MFA in poetry from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and he has studied at the National University of Ireland Galway, and at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen's University Belfast. Most recently, his poetry has appeared in Poetry London, Poetry Ireland Review, and New South.
Issue 7: A Matter of Strides
George Szirtes was born in Hungary in 1948 and came England as a refugee in 1956. He has published over a dozen books of poetry. His first, The Slant Door (1979) was awarded the Faber Prize. Reel (2004) wan the T S Eliot Prize, for which he was also shortlisted for The Burning of the Books (2009). His New and Collected Poems appeared in 2008. In 2013 Bloodaxe will publish his next book Bad Machine. He has also translated and edited many books of poetry and fiction from the Hungarian. His three Newcastle / Bloodaxe Lectures appeared in 2010 under the title, Fortinbras at the Fishhouses.
Issue 7: Four Poems
Jeffrey Wainwright’s poetry is published by Carcanet Press, most recently Clarity or Death! (2008). His critical work includes a book on the poetry of Geoffrey Hill, Acceptable Words (Manchester University Press 2006) and Poetry the Basics (Routledge second edition 2011). A new book of poems, The Reasoner, is to be published by Carcanet in October 2012.
He lives in Manchester.
Issue 7: Selections from The Reasoner
Issue 8: Selections from The Reasoner
Tom Warner was born in Mansfield. Among other prizes, Tom has previously won an Eric Gregory Award, the Faber New Poets Award and the Escalator Award for emerging writers. In 2009-2010 he was Poet-in-residence to Newark-on-Trent. A pamphlet of Tom’s poetry was published by Faber & Faber in 2010. He lives in Norwich.
Issue 7: Magician
Rory Waterman was born in Belfast in 1981 and grew up in Lincolnshire in the east of England. His poems are included in New Poetries V (Carcanet, 2011), and Carcanet will publish his first collection. His poetry has been included in the TLS, Dark Horse, Agenda, PN Review and elsewhere, and he co-edits New Walk magazine. He lives in Bristol.
Issue 7: Being Mr Arndale