2018 – THE POETS

Julia Webb grew up in Thetford, a small town in rural Norfolk. She has a BA in Creative Writing From Norwich University College of the Arts and an MA (poetry) from the University of East Anglia. She lives in Norwich where she teaches creative writing works for Gatehouse Press and is a poetry editor for Lighthouse, a journal for new writing. She has had work in various journals and anthologies including Magma, The Rialto, Ambit, Envoi, Oxford Poetry and Butcher’s Dog. In 2011 she won the Poetry Society’s Stanza competition. Her poem “Sisters” was highly commended in the 2016 Forward Prize. In 2016 she was writer in residence on Norwich Market. Her first collection Bird Sisters was published by Nine Arches Press in 2016. Her second collection Threat will be published by Nine Arches in 2019.
Julie-ann Rowell’s pamphlet collection, Convergence, published by Brodie Press won a Poetry Book Society Award. Her first full collection, Letters North, was nominated for the Michael Murphy Poetry Prize for Best First Collection in Britain and Ireland in 2011. Her latest collection, Voices in the Garden, is a sequence about the life of Joan of Arc, published by Lapwing Publications, Belfast. She has been teaching poetry and mentoring for over ten years and has an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University. She’s won several awards including first prize in the Frogmore Poetry Prize and the New Writer Poetry Competition Short Collection prize, and was a runner-up in the Bridport Prize, and in the Mslexia Poetry Competition (three times). She’s had poems included in over twenty anthologies and many published in magazines and journals including Poetry Ireland Review, Agenda, The Stand, The Moth and The New Welsh Review.
Janice Booth: “Thinking about my commitment to writing alongside my profession as a practitioner of Chinese medicine and in the light of the poem I submitted to the Battered Moons Competition, I can see connections. My one-to-one work with patients opens my eyes and ears to the diversity and difficulties of how we live our lives, and to the narratives we tell about ourselves.
Much of my writing has an autobiographical connection, another kind of ‘making sense’… of where I come from, and how everything past brings us to this present point.
Some recent successes include: a Commendation in the 2017 International Hippocratic Poetry Competition, which took me to Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts; poems featured in Orange Coast Review, The Interpreter’s House and Bath Poetry Café Anthology; and a Highly Commended poem in theBangor International Poetry Competition 2018. I was also joint winner in the Battered Moons Competitions in 2010 and 2011.
Jane Burn is a writer and artist who is originally from South Yorkshire. Her poems have been published in many online and print magazines as well as in many anthologies.

In 2014 one of her poems was nominated for the Forward Prize. She was long-listed for the Cantebury Poet of the Year Award, 2014, commended in the 2015 Yorkmix and highly commended in the 2016 Yorkmix poetry competitions. She won the Northern Writes poetry competition in 2017, was shortlisted in the 2017 Poetry Kit Summer Competition and highly commended in the 2018 Poetry Kit Spring Competition. She won second prize in the 2017 Welsh International Poetry Competition and won second prize in the 2018 Red Shed poetry competition. She was awarded the Silver Wyvern in the open category in the 2018 Poetry on the Lake competition and has had four poems longlisted in the National Poetry Competition between 2014 – 2017 and was longlisted in The Rialto Nature and Place competition, 2018. She won the 2018 PENfro Book Festival Poetry Competiton, was shortlisted in the Live Canon 2018 Poetry Competition and was commended in the 2018 Battered Moons Poetry Competition.
When Peter Iveson first wrote a poem two years ago for the Salisbury fringe he did his very best to forget he had done so. Poetry was for mad people, and according to his (recently) deceased mother he was not one of those. Nonetheless he wrote it and it got out into the real world despite his efforts to reel it back in. Poetry is slippery in that way.

Two years later he still writes – even though he wishes he didn’t. Poetry comes at the most inconvenient times – at 3 o’clock on the morning, in the shower, often after a long run. And it seems as if it is here to stay.

When not writing poetry, he programs for a living – which in itself is a sort of poetry – arcane and mostly derided. He also drinks beer, enjoys reading trashy sci-fi, is ridiculously impulsive, embarrasses people by talking about mental health, and looks after his six-year old son, who likes things that rhyme, and judges his dad’s scribblings accordingly.
Chris Tuohy is a late-blooming London Irish writer. He was commended in the Hove Grown Poetry Competition 2017 for his first offering for public scrutiny. To pay the bills he runs a political monitoring company in Westminster. Aside from writing, he is keen wild swimmer and photographer.
Nicola Daly lives in Chester. She has had poetry and prose published in magazines such as The North, The Rialto, Mslexia and many more. Her short stories have appeared in publications such as Honno Anthologies and Stinging Fly. In 2014 she won the Gatehouse Literary prize for short fiction and came third in the HISSAC Prize. During 2016 she came second in the Frogmore prize and won a runner up prize in the Mslexia Poetry competition. In 2017 her novella entitled The Night Where You No Longer Live came third in the Welsh Writing Awards organised by the New Welsh Review.