KEREN BANNING grew up singing in bands on the coast at North Tyneside. This led to a BA in Performing Arts, and teaching voice production in both formal and informal settings. She now lives in the Tynedale Valley, working across artistic disciplines as singer, composer, musician, actor, facilitator, wood turner and photographer. Her images appear in a forthcoming V. Press pamphlet produced in collaboration with poet Alex Reed, entitled These nights at home.
CHARLEY BARNES is a Worcester-based poet and author ,with a Doctorate degree in Creative Writing. Her poetry has been published in a number of anthologies, and her debut prose collection, The Women You Were Warned About, was published by Black Pear Press in 2017. Her unconventional speakers are a mix of personal experience and creative licence. A Z-hearted Guide to Heartache (V. Press, 2018) is her debut poetry pamphlet.
NATALIE LINH BOLDERSTON studied English at the University of Liverpool, where she won the 2016 Felicia Hemans Prize for Lyrical Poetry and the 2017 Miriam Allott Poetry Prize. She now works as an Editorial Assistant. Her work has been featured in Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, L'Éphémère Review, Oxford Poetry, Smoke, and The Tangerine. She is a 2018 Creative Future Literary Award recipient. Her 'The Protection of Ghosts' (forthcoming) was selected by V. Press Guest Editor Carrie Etter.
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HELEN CALCUTT is a globally published poet and critic. Her work features in over 40 journals, and she performs her work internationally. She has taken on writing residences with The National Trust and Loughborough University, where she's also a visiting lecturer in Creative and Professional Writing. Helen’s pamphlet Sudden rainfall was published by experimental publishing house Perdika Press when she was 23. It was shortlisted for the PBS Pamphlet Choice award, and in 2016 became a Waterstones’ best-selling collection. V. Press publish her first full-length book of poems, Unable Mother, in September 2018.
DAVID CLARKE is Lincolnshire-born but now lives in Gloucestershire. He works as a teacher and researcher. His pamphlet, Gaud (Flarestack), won the Michael Marks Award in 2013. His first full collection of poetry, Arc, was published by Nine Arches Press in 2016 and was longlisted for the Polari First Book Prize. He has taught online for The Poetry School and has published poems in magazines such as Magma, Tears in the Fence and Long Poem Magazine. He reviews poetry, and blogs at http://athingforpoetry.blogspot.co.uk/. His V. Press 2017 poetry pamphlet is Scare Stories.
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Tell Mistakes I Love Them.Website: www.stephenkirkdaniels.com. Twitter: @stephendaniels.
JAMES DAVEY grew up in Bristol and currently lectures in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. Before returning to the U.K. in 2014, he spent three years working in Catania, Sicily, as an English-language teacher. His poetry has previously appeared in journals including Poetry Wales, New Welsh Reader, Stand, The Warwick Review, Ambit, New Walk, Agenda, and The Interpreter’s House. How to Parallel Park is his debut poetry pamphlet, published by V. Press spring 2018.
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Poetry Pram to music festivals for one-to-one readings. Twitter: @MsJinnifer. Her 'The Escapologist' (forthcoming) was selected by V. Press Guest Editor Mary-Jane Holmes.
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CHARLIE HILL has been described by Jim Crace as 'a real writer'. He is the author of two critically acclaimed novels, a novella and a handful of poems. His short stories have appeared in a variety of magazines and journals in print and online, and he has been widely anthologised. In 2015, a story was republished by Birmingham's Ikon Gallery to complement their summer exhibition. His 2017 V. Press short fiction pamphlet is Walking Backwards.
www.poetrymaker.co.uk and her poems feature in the V. Press publication The Vaginellas.
The Vaginellas. Website: www.sarah-james.co.uk.
S.A. LEAVESLEY runs V. Press and is a prize-winning journalist, fiction writer, poet and photographer. Behind the camera, she is a woman of few words. Her photographic sequence, 'Fragile' was inspired by and created for Nina Lewis' V. Press pamphlet Fragile Houses.
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The Nagasaki Elder is his fifth collection of poetry, jointly inspired by growing up in Cold War Britain at the peak of nuclear proliferation and, more recently, a self-funded trip to Hiroshima in 2015 to hear testimonies of Atomic bomb survivors. Owen’s war poetry and haiku have been translated into Japanese, Mandarin and Dutch in anthologies and journals including Poetry International (Europe) and Coal Sack Publications (Japan). In recognition of his 2015 peace trip to Hiroshima, CND Peace Education (UK) selected Owen as one of their first national patrons, and he won a Peace & Reconciliation award in 2016 for Community Cohesion from his home city of Coventry. A trip to Dresden and Nagasaki is planned for 2019 to continue his dedication to contemporary war poetry and transmitting art with a social conscience.
JENNA PLEWES is a widely published and prize-winning poet. A career in psychotherapy and love of the natural world inform her work and she is at her happiest in quiet places, like the sea, mountains and moorlands. Her first full collection, Salt, was published by IDP in 2013 and a second, Pull of the Earth, in 2016. She and her husband live in Worcestershire, with their collie. They have two children and four grandchildren. Her pamphlet, Against the Pull of Time, is published by V. Press in April 2018.
There's Something Macrocosmic About All of This is V. Press's 2018 flash fiction pamphlet.
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JACQUI ROWE has four published pamphlets, including Ransom Notes from V Press. Blink (V. Press, 2017) is her first full poetry collection. Her poems have appeared widely in magazines, such as Tears in the Fence, Bare Fiction, The Interpreter's House, and Poetry Review. She has read her own poems on Radio 4's Poetry Please, presented by Roger McGough. For over ten years she produced and hosted Poetry Bites at the Kitchen Garden Café in Birmingham, combining guest poets and readers from the floor. Co-editor of the award-winning press Flarestack Poets, she is a sought-after mentor for other poets and a tutor for the Poetry School. She works extensively as a writer in health and social care settings, including making poetry with people living with dementia. In 2013-14 she was Writer in Residence at Birmingham's Barber Institute of Fine Arts, where she established and continues to deliver the creative writing programme. Since 2014 she has been Poet in Residence with Touring Consortium Theatre Company.
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RUTH STACEY is a writer, artist, librarian and tutor. Her debut collection, Queen, Jewel, Mistress, was published by Eyewear July, 2015 and her pamphlet, Fox Boy, was published by Dancing Girl Press, June 2014. She designs the covers for V Press poetry and was part of the Vaginellas; a collective of female poets re-imagining classic forms of poetry. You can follow her on twitter @MermaidsDrown or www.ruthstacey.com. Her poems feature in the V. Press publication The Vaginellas.
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Her debut poetry pamphlet, The Girl Who Grew Into a Crocodile, published by V. Press in 2015 has now sold out. A second pamphlet, Somewhere Between Rose and Black, is published by V. Press in 2017.