Poets

  • Jean Atkin
    Jean Atkin’s poetry teems with images of the natural world, and is rooted in personal history.   Sample poem: Coppice Oversteps publications Not Lost Since Last Time (2013)
  • R V Bailey
    R V Bailey has had several collections published, some with her late partner, U A Fanthorpe. Her wit and sensitivity make this new collection a delight Sample poem:...
  • Michael Bayley
    “Michael Bayley’s long-awaited first full-length collection reveals a poet of assurance and fluid deliberation.” Penny Shuttle Sample poem: The Art of the Handkerchief Oversteps publications The Art of the Handkerchief (2014)  
  • Denise Bennett
    Denise teaches creative writing at Portsmouth College of Adult Education, and she won the Poetry Society’s inaugural Hamish Canham prize. She writes in response to place, history...
  • Charles Bennett
    Charles Bennett, who leads the Creative Writing BA at Northampton University, has collaborated with musicians, photographers and artists, and was the first Director of the Ledbury Poetry...
  • Rebecca Bilkau
    Weather Notes by Rebecca Bilkau is described by Graham Mort as being poetry of ‘great formal beauty and musicality.’ Sample poem: The neck of him, watching the news Oversteps...
  • Patricia Bishop
    Patricia Bishop was born and bred in London but has lived in various places since – Cornwall, Kent, Surrey and now Gloucestershire. She has been published in many...
  • Anne Born
    Anne Born (1924-2011) was a poet and prize-winning translator. As well as writing twelve books of poetry and history, she translated over fifty books from Danish,...
  • Maggie Butt
    Maggie Butt has produced historical documentaries for BBC TV, and is now Associate Dean at Middlesex University. Sample poem: Otto Weiss’s Corner Oversteps publications Ally Pally Prison Camp (2011)
  • Caroline Carver
    Caroline Carver has published two previous collections, Jigharzi an me from Semicolon Press, and Bone-fishing from Peterloo Poets. Among her other successes, she won the National Poetry...
  • A C Clarke
    A C Clarke’s many awards include the Royal Literary Fund Mentoring Scheme (2005), the Petra Kenney Award (2005) and the Brownsbank International Poetry Competition ( 2007). In...
  • Ross Cogan
    Ross Cogan was born in 1970 and studied philosophy at various universities. His poetry and essays are widely published in journals and he won a Gregory...
  • James Cole
    James Cole was born in Torquay and has lived in the West Country for all of his life. He gets much of his inspiration from walking...
  • Robert Cole
    Robert Cole has lived in India, Mexico and France, and the cultures of these different countries are reflected in his poetry. Sample poem: Passionflower Oversteps publications Spool (2013)
  • Christopher Cook
    As well as being a poet, Christopher Cook is also an artist whose work has been exhibited in the UK, USA, China and Japan. His poetry books...
  • Rose Cook
    Rose is well-known as a poetry performer, not only in her native Devon but in venues all over the UK. She was co-founder of the...
  • John Daniel
    John Daniel is a poet and artist whose poetry has appeared in a number of anthologies. He has also written a memoir, Grown Up War. The cover...
  • Miriam Darlington
    Miriam Darlington’s poems have appeared in journals and anthologies across the UK. She is an English teacher and lives in Devon where she also works as a...
  • Will Daunt
    Sample poem: Goodbye, Islands Personal website: www.freewebs.com/willdauntpoetry Oversteps publications Running out of England (1999) A car which threw the group who drove against the swell of trippers, south, recorded, in a glaze, the...
  • Sue Davies
    In this first collection, Sue Davies offers us tender but sometimes searingly honest reflections on human relationships, alongside sharp observations of nature. Sample poem: The Walled Garden Oversteps publications Blue...
  • Hilary Elfick
    An Ordinary Storm first appeared as a verse play in New Zealand in 2007. It has been substantially pruned and edited to produce this beautiful and striking...
  • Rebecca Gethin
    Rebecca’s poems have appeared in numerous publications, and she gives regular readings around Devon. She lives on Dartmoor, but also spends time in the Italian Maritime Alps,...
  • Terry Gifford
    Christopher North and Terry Gifford Terry Gifford lives on the opposite side of the mountain from Christopher North (see separate entry). Both of them have a deep knowledge...
  • Giles Goodland
    Giles Goodland has written several books of poetry, among them Littoral (Oversteps, 1996), A Spy in the House of Years (Leviathan, 2001) and Capital (Salt, 2006). He...
  • Cora Greenhill
    Cora Greenhill lives in the Peak District and Crete, and inspiration from both is evident in this collection. Sample poem: Olive Harvest Oversteps publications The Point of Waking (2013)    
  • David Grubb
    Poetry collections include The Memory of Rooms, The Elephant In The Room, Out Of The Marvellous and It Comes With A Bit Of Song. Runner up in...
  • Charles Hadfield
    Charles Hadfield has published four poetry collections: Border Disputes (1995) and Inventing Waterfalls (1997) from Salzburg University Press, Reflections (1998) from Mirage Press with photographer Marina...
  • Oz Hardwick
    Oz Hardwick is a York-based writer, photographer, lecturer and occasional musician. As well as two well-received poetry collections, The Kind Ghosts (2004) and Carrying Fire (2006),...
  • Ken Head
    ‘Prospero’s Bowl’ is Ken Head’s first full collection. He lives in Cambridge and, as well as writing poetry himself, he is a reviewer of new poetry for...
  • Bill Headdon
    Bill Headdon was born in North Cornwall, one of twelve children, he trained as a mason/bricklayer and now lives in Kent. An award winning poet, he has...
  • Graham High
    In Graham High’s new book we witness the clear eye of the artist as he addresses a wide range of subjects, in poetry that ranges from the...
  • Jenny Hope
    Jenny’s poetry has been published in a number of small-press magazines including Envoi, The Rialto, Obsessed by Pipework, and on Daisy Goodwin’s website. As well as poems...
  • Ann Kelley
    Poet and author: Paper Whites (poems with photographs) London Magazine Editions 2001; Because We Have Reached That Place, Oversteps 2006. Burying Beetle (novel) Luath Press, shortlisted for...
  • Helen Kitson
    Helen Kitson lives in Worcester with her husband and two young children. Her big breakthrough came in 1992 when her pamphlet Seeing’s Believing was nominated for the...
  • Kathleen Kummer
    Kathleen Kummer has worked as a translator in London and Amsterdam, and taught in France, England and the Netherlands. The poems in this book reflect both Kathleen’s...
  • Marianne Larsen
    Marianne Larsen was born 1951 in Kalundborg, Denmark. She has written several volumes of poetry. She has also written six novels. And books for children and drama....
  • Genista Lewes
    Genista Lewes has published poetry in the small press, in anthologies and been heard on Radio 4′s ‘Poetry Please’. Has achieved success in competitions and reads her...
  • Anne Lewis-Smith
    Anne is a poet and journalist, who has edited five magazines over 30 years (including Envoi). Her first poem appeared in...
  • Mary Maher
    Mary’s first collection was shortlisted for The Forward Prize and used by The Hospice Care Trust in its training courses and her third, Cold Flushes is used by California State...
  • Alwyn Marriage
    As well as her earlier poetry collections, ‘Beautiful Man’ (Outposts Publications) and ‘Touching Earth’ (Oversteps Books), Alwyn Marriage has written two non-fiction books and edited the highly-acclaimed...
  • Marie Marshall
    A highly unusual collection, with a rich collection of characters including Mr Coelacanth (who claims that he is not a fish), the Lamb of Tartary, the Old-man-of-the-woods...
  • Joan McGavin
    Joan McGavin is an Associate Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Winchester and is on the committee of Writers in Southampton. Her poetry has appeared...
  • Andrew Nightingale
    Oversteps publications The Big Wheel (2009) The Big Wheel includes visual poems (“Word death mandalas” and “Maps of my hermetic future”), a poem made from poker dice permutations, a...
  • Christopher North
    Although Christopher has published widely and has won a glittering array of prizes for his poetry, Explaining the Circumstances was his first full collection. His work has universality,...
  • Jennie Osborne
    Jennie’s work has been widely published in national magazines, and she is well-known as a poetry performer, particularly in the South West. How to be Naked is...
  • Mandy Pannett
    Mandy Pannett teaches English to pupils with a range of abilities and leads creative writing workshops in various parts of the country. She runs an Arts Cafe...
  • Melanie Penycate
    Mel lives with her partner in a small cottage next to a former village forge which they have converted into an outlet for local art. She has...
  • W H Petty
    W H Petty was formerly President of the Society of Education Officers and was appointed CBE for services to Education. He holds a D.Litt from the University...
  • Glen Phillips
    Glen Phillips is a nationally and internationally published Australian poet, Adjunct Associate Professor of English at Edith Cowan University, Director of the International Centre for Landscape...
  • Simon Richey
    Although Simon Richey’s work has been published widely in magazines, ‘Naming the Tree’ is his first collection. The language is precise and opens our eyes both to...
  • Lynn Roberts
    A beautiful book of poems about paintings in the National Gallery, London, accompanied by reproductions of the works, by courtesy of the National Gallery. Sample poem: Rembrandt’s Self-portrait...
  • Elisabeth Rowe
    Elisabeth, who now lives on Dartmoor, read English at Oxford and has worked as a teacher, a Citizens’ Advice Bureau Manager and a social worker. Her previous...
  • Ann Segrave
    Ann, who lives in Sussex, has been deeply influenced by the South Downs; but she is equally at home writing about France or Crete. Her observations are...
  • Robert Stein
    Robert Stein reviews contemporary classical music for Tempo and International Record Review. In this, his first collection, he reflects on, and in some cases converses with, such historical...
  • Anne Stewart
    Anne is the founder of www.poetrypf.co.uk, which showcases many of the best poets writing today. She is also the Administrator for the Second Light Network. She won...
  • Angela Stoner
    Angela Stoner’s work is inspired by the landscape of Cornwall. She runs courses in the healing power of writing and has contributed articles to journals and publications...
  • John Stuart
    John Stuart chairs the Somerset poets’ group, Fire River Poets, and runs the Poetry at The Brewhouse series of readings and poetry cafés. He speaks French, German...
  • Michael Swan
    Portrait, Michael Swan Michael Swan works in English language teaching and applied linguistics. His poetry has been published widely in magazines, and he has won a number of...
  • Diane Tang
    Diane Tang started life in the US and moved to England in the 1970s. One of her unusual poems tells the story of a dog being put...
  • Susan Taylor
    Susan Taylor farmed in Lincolnshire until she was 30 and now lives with her husband, the poet Simon Williams, on the southern edge of Dartmoor. Her writing...
  • Michael Thomas
    The collection is divided into series of poems around themes: Black Countries, Calls and Responses, The Gather-man, Shelter Poems and Exits. Many are sustained reflections, and several...
  • John Torrance
    This beautiful book moves from elegantly expressed sadness at the death of a best friend and the deepening dementia and subsequent death of the poet’s wife, to...
  • Mark Totterdell
    In this, his first full collection, Mark combines a clear and precise observation of the natural world with a passion for language and words. Sample poem: Pied Wagtails Oversteps...
  • Anthony Watts
    Rural Somerset has been Anthony’s home for most of his life and he has no plans to leave it. He has won several prizes for his...
  • Simon Williams
    Simon Williams began writing poetry at Loughborough University, where he worked under the influence of the two resident poets, Roger McGough and Pete Morgan. He has developed...