THE WINNING AND COMMENDED POETS
Zelda Chappel writes because she has to and often on the backs of things. Her work can be found in numerous publications including Popshot, Bare Fiction and HARK and was nominated for the Forward Prize this year. She is the co-editor of Elbow Room.
Sarah Watkinson is a scientist with a 2012 Diploma in Creative Writing from Oxford University, and a student of Jenny Lewis at the Poet’s House, Oxford. Recent poems have appeared in Pennine Platform, Nutshells and Nuggets, and The Stare’s Nest. She belongs to 52, Jo Bell’s poets’ Face book group.
Polly Atkin lives in Cumbria. Her second poetry pamphlet Shadow Dispatches (Bridgend: Seren, 2013) won the Mslexia Pamphlet Prize, 2012. She is the recipient of the New Writing North’s Andrew Waterhouse Prize 2014, for work in progress which ‘reflects a strong sense of place or the natural environment’.
Rebecca Gethin lives in Devon. She has had two poetry collections published – River is the Plural of Rain (Oversteps Books, 2009) and A Handful of Water (Cinnamon Press, 2013). Her first novel, Liar Dice, won the Cinnamon Press Novel Award and her second, What the Horses Heard, was published in May, 2014.
Jinny Fisher moved from London to near Castle Cary in 2011. When not involved in poetry, she practises as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist. Jinny is a member of Juncture 25 Poets in Taunton. They like to go to festivals and read to people who might not encounter poetry in print.
Steve Scholey’s early fascination with rocks, preferably with shiny bits in them, led him into close encounters with trolls in Sweden and with leopards, landmines and AK47s in Zimbabwe. Since discarding his geological hammer in favour of a pen, he has been making his mark as a poet in the Winchester area.
Chrissy Banks works as a Counsellor in Taunton. Her poems appear in The North, The Rialto, Frogmore Papers, Obsessed with Pipework and in the anthologies The Captain’s Table (Seren) and The Listening Walk. She won 2nd prize in the Yeovil Poetry Competition, 2013. A collection, Days of Fire and Flood was published by original plus in 2005.