Meet the Editorial Team
Ann Vaughan-Williams is writing a Memoir in Poetry and Prose arising from her childhood in Uganda. At fourteen she went to Norfolk and then studied in London where she has stayed through work, marriage, and children who are now adult. She started writing novels and then poetry to connect with loss of home and confrontation with colonial history. Her son's severe asthma gave her the habit of writing all night and dreaming or reading all day, in regular bouts interspersed with vitality. Her psychiatric social work past, with subsequent creative writing and tutoring occupation has reached a confluence in her current 'reading, writing and discussion groups', exclusive to people with mental health struggles. She likes growing cacti for the surprises they give when rescued after neglect. Her first collection was Warming the Stones. Her pamphlets include Sea Poems and Venetian Journal. Her poems and articles have appeared in many magazines and anthologies. She has edited three poetry anthologies in and around the London Borough of Merton and has facilitated many poetry events. She has read in performances of Anglo-Saxon poetry mainly in translation. Ted Hughes wrote to her 'If only all readers were as sensitive to the movement of verse as you are. Or even a tenth as sensitive.' (Letters of Ted Hughes Faber 2007)
Linda Black studied Fine Art at Leeds and the Slade. She ran Apollo Etching Studio in London and has exhibited widely. Her poems have appeared in various anthologies, including this little stretch of life (Hearing Eye/The Poetry School 2006) and I am Twenty People! (Enitharmon, 2007). She was awarded the 2004/5 Poetry School Scholarship and won the 2006 New Writing Ventures PoetryAward. The beating of wings (Hearing Eye, 2006) was the PBS Pamphlet Choice for Spring 2007. She received an Arts Council Writer's Award in 2007. Her collections of prose poetry are Inventory and Root, (Shearsman 2008 & 2011). She is a contributor to The Line Is Not For Turning, An Anthology of Contemporary British Prose Poetry (Cinnamon Press Sept 2011). An illustrated collection of prose poems The Son of a Shoemaker was published by Hearing Eye in November 2012.
Lucy Hamilton is published in journals such as Agenda, Magma, Scintilla, Poetry Wales, Shearsman and Modern Poetry in Translation, and has been anthologised in Entering the Tapestry; I am twenty people! (both Enitharmon), In the Company of Poets (Hearing Eye), and most recently The Line Is Not For Turning, An Anthology of Contemporary British Prose Poetry.(Cinnamon Press). She was joint-recipient of The Poetry School Award 2006/7. Ten poems from her pamphlet Sonnets for my Mother (Hearing Eye, 2009) have been translated into Arabic. In 2010 she became the first ever woman, and non-Muslim, to appear by live satellite recording, reading her poems at the Havana Café, Mecca. In 2011 she co-judged the inaugural Cambridge University Benjamin Zephaniah Poetry Prize. Her collection of prose poems Stalker (Shearsman 2012) was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection.
Anna Robinson's first solo publication was Songs from the flats (Hearing Eye), the Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice for Winter 2005/6. Anna is featured in Oxford Poets 2007(Oxford/Carcanet).Her first full collection,The Finders of London,was published by Enitharmon in 2010. Anna has had a number of poetry residencies, working with children, older people, the learning disabled and prisoners. She has performed and run workshops at a number of festivals including Lambeth Readers and Writers Festival and Poetry Street (Stoke Newington). She was poet in residence on Lower Marsh for the South Bank Centre's Trading Places project, part of Poetry International 2006.
Advisory EditorJohn Haynes' Letter to Patience (Seren) won the Costa Award for poetry in 2006. He won the Troubadour Poetry prize in 2007 and has won prizes in the National Poetry Competition and the Arvon Competition. He was a runner up in the International Sonnet Competition in 2009. A lecturer in linguistics, he has published books on African poetry and English language/style. He was born in Cornwall, brought up in the Black Country, and lived and taught for eighteen years in Nigeria. He lives with his Nigerian born wife and two children. His most recent collection, You was published by Seren in 2010.