DAVID CALCUTT is a playwright, poet and novelist who lives in the West Midlands. He has written over forty plays and adaptations for touring and community theatre, and for BBC radio. Several of his plays for young people and three novels for young people are published by Oxford University Press. He has a book of Robin Hood stories with Barefoot Books. As a poet, David is published widely in UK print and online magazines, and he has three pamphlets: Outlaws with Iron Press, Road Kill, a collaboration with Nadia Kingsley, and Through the Woods, a collaboration with Nadia Kingsley and Peter Tinkler (both published by Fairacre Press). David has also worked as a storyteller, director of community plays and projects, writer in residence at a community garden. His V. Press poetry pamphlet is The Old Man in the House of Bone, illustrated by Peter Tinkler.
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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www.stephenkirkdaniels.com or follow him on twitter (@stephendaniels). His V. Press poetry pamphlet Tell Mistakes I Love Them is published June 2017.
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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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.
www.sarah-james.co.uk and her poems feature in the V. Press publication The Vaginellas.
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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Worcestershire Poet Laureate Competition 2015/2016 runner-up, Nina often performs at spoken word events and literary festivals. She was commissioned to write and perform poetry on ‘ecology and the city’ at the Birmingham Literature Festival in 2014. Her haiku have appeared in an art installation at the Midlands Art Centre, on the Poetry Fence at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm and in Municipal Bank Vaults for an International Dance Festival. Nina’s work also formed part of the poetry trail for Wenlock Poetry Festival 2014. Fragile Houses, published by V. Press autumn 2016, is her first pamphlet.
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The Nagasaki Elder, published by V. Press in September 2017, 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. Owen’s work, which ranges across the polemic, political and personal, has received widespread acclaim by critics and his contemporaries. Previous reviews have featured in The Morning Star, Southword, Sabotage and Stride.
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 2018.
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JACQUI ROWE has had four pamphlets published, including Ransom Notes from V Press, and her poems have appeared widely in magazines, such as Tears in the Fence, Bare Fiction, The Interpreter's House, and Poetry Review. She has also read her own poems on Radio 4's Poetry Please, presented by Roger McGough. For over ten years she has produced and hosted Poetry Bites, a popular bi-monthly event 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 2013-2014 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. Blink, out with V. Press in 2017, is her first full poetry collection.
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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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Peter has been involved in many exhibitions over the last few years, which have included Urban Life at the Daniel Libeskind Space, London, and Young Artists of the Year, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle. He is currently working on paintings for a solo show which he hopes to exhibit next year in the West Midlands. He is the illustrator for The Old Man in the House of Bone, an illustrated poetry pamphlet by David Calcutt, published by V. Press in June 2016. Peter's website can be found here and his blog here.
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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.