THE WINNING AND COMMENDED POETS
Sean Magnus Martin is a graduate in creative writing at Bath Spa University, and has just begun his MA in creative writing. Originally hailing from the Lake District, he has a vested interest in how all things natural define us. This is the first time Sean has been published.
Rosie Jackson lives near Frome, where she runs poetry and memoir workshops. She’s taught in many venues – University of East Anglia, Bethesda Writers’ Centre, Skyros Writers’ Lab, Open College of the Arts – and in community and health settings. Her books include Fantasy, The Eye of the Buddha, Mothers Who Leave, Frieda Lawrence, and the pamphlet What the Ground Holds (Poetry Salzburg, 2014). Her poems have been widely published, made into a sculpture in Dorchester and set to music by The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. `The Light Box’ is the title poem of her first full collection, to be published by Cultured Llama in March, 2016. Rosie’s memoir The Glass Mother, will also be published in 2016 by Unthank Books.
Ama Bolton is a member of the Wells Fountain Poets. Her work has appeared in Magma, Obsessed with Pipework and several anthologies, and on-line at The Stare’s Nest.
Jean Atkin is a poet, writer and educator putting down new roots in Shropshire. Her collection Not Lost Since Last Time is published by Oversteps Books and she has also published five poetry pamphlets and a children’s novel. She has held residencies and worked on projects in both Scotland and England. She is Poet in Residence for Wenlock Poetry Festival 2015 and is working on her second collection. www.jeanatkin.com
Emma Simon has had poems published in a number of magazines, including Obsessed With Pipework, The Interpreter’s House, and Bare Fiction. Last year she was an active member of Jo Bell’s 52 project and this year has the privilege of being mentored by Caroline Bird as part of the Arvon/Jerwood mentoring scheme. She lives in London where she also works as a freelance journalist and copywriter.
Peter Marshall has been writing poetry for more than four decades. From the mid-nineteen-eighties his work has appeared in small magazines. As well as a fourth place in the Arvon poetry competition, he has won the Frogmore competition on one occasion and on another gained second place. He has also come third in the Ledbury poetry competition. Most recently he gained second place in the Yeovil International poetry competition. Having left the teaching profession, he is enjoying semi-retirement. In the last two years he has attended workshops and classes run by the Faber Academy and the Poetry School in London.
Yvonne Reddick grew up between Glasgow, Kuwait City, Chambéry and Berkshire. Educated at the Universities of Cambridge and Warwick, she has held academic research fellowships at Warwick and the University of Central Lancashire. She publishes scholarly articles, poetry and prose nature-writing. Her poems have been chosen to be displayed at an exhibition at the New Hall Art Collection, Cambridge, and to be seen by 3,500,000 people at the 2015 Blackpool Illuminations.