This year’s participating poets and artists are...
I work with what is known as Alternative Photo Processes, principally a historic process called Gum Bichromates, although there are many variations on this process. I also work with Cyanotypes and Van Dyke Brown prints. Although initially mainly photographic I am looking to embrace a more abstract style using different media and maybe less of a purist photographic approach. I am 64 and live in the heart of the Black Country and have been lucky enough to take part in two previous Poartry's in the past.
A self taught artist, Claire values creative freedom and works in a variety of styles and media including charcoal, pencil, paint, mixed media and digital illustration. Her pieces are created to tell the stories that words can’t always portray and to capture the beautiful details of the world around us.
Dawn Jutton is an artist with an eclectic creative practice that crosses genre boundaries but is underpinned by an early career as a studio photographer. Further forays into film and writing have influenced her photographic images, 3D collages and site-responsive installations that are often inspired by heritage and landscape.
Working under the guise of Mr What & Mrs Why, fashion design graduate Deane Hodgson’s eclectic art encompasses wall sculptures, analog collage and found poetry. He experiments with found ephemera and discarded materials for his wildly varied works, which have been shown at such prestigious venues as Royal Scottish Academy.
Photographer and digital artist. Obsessed with music I photograph and review live jazz events. Portraiture, social realism and landscape based images are also on the agenda. I have contributed to or designed a number of album covers. I have had solo exhibitions and work exhibited in general photography exhibitions. I have had work published in books, magazines, calendars and press including the Guardian. I like a challenge.
I am a photographer who uses traditional photographic techniques to produced handprinted photographs in a darkroom. My work explores the changing faces of the landscape and the world around us, whether they are man made, momentary creations, the slow decay or the remnants of change over the eon of time.
I am a Staffordshire based Visual Artist, Music & Video Producer and Creative Director of Goldphone Recordings / Creative Media with over thirty years of experience. For the last few years I have specialised in graphic design and digital art, producing a series of works I have entitled 'Recurring Renaissance, A Series of Photographic Paintings'.
I am a semi-abstract landscape artist whose artwork is very much influenced by the natural world around me. Capturing the experience of an actual place into sketches and in response to literature, escapism, mythology, responses to events etc. are then transferred onto the canvas as an entirely new experience.
I am a printmaker/painter. I work in a range of media including etching, soft pastels, oils and acrylics. I enjoy creating landscapes, seascapes and art about social issues such as homelessness. I have collaborated many times over the years with poets, and this has been inspiring and rewarding.
A professional artist and creative practitioner I enjoy experimenting with materials and painting surfaces to create mixed media semi abstract landscapes. As well as exhibiting and taking commissions I also work in the community running creative workshops with vulnerable children and adults.
Contemporary artist leaning towards abstraction in landscape and figurative acrylic and mixed media painting. Also an illustrator working with pen and ink, pencil, usually black and white . Member of Artistree Co-operative of Ledbury, Herefordshire and member of Homend Poets, Ledbury. Visual contributor and occasional poet in Homend Poets publication.
I'm mixed media artist/illustrator. My art practice primarily focuses on exploring the subjects of industrialisation and deterioration usually via run-down/abandoned buildings and landscapes. I often use many processes, layers and textures within my work, my preferred combination of mediums are ink, watercolour, pen and digital/paper-based collage.
I am a self-taught collage artist currently living in South Africa. I love the process of analog collage making. For me, it is a process of discipline, craft & mystery. Inspired by the Dadaists, chance plays a major role in my work- flipping through an old book or magazine, an image speaks to me and I know I have to use it as the basis for a new piece.
Ruth Batham is a visual artist from the Black Country who now works in London. She paints, often figuratively, as her work explores human interaction and communication. She is interested in how we interact with the world around us, specifically connected to the ideas of societal norms and expectations.
Sarah Goudie is an artist working with drawing to explore a multi-disciplinary practice; including sculpture, writing, film and photography. A fascination endures within material led making to investigate a poetic of dispersal, endurance, beauty and injury. These are currently being realised through the gifted parts of a once loved piano.
Everyone is hiding something.A love, a prejudice, a hurt... Some of these things are thrust upon us and some are self-inflicted but they are within us all and we do our best to keep them hidden, because we care too much about what others think. We want to be open, honest people - but not completely. We have created personas that we maintain, support and promote, so we hide these things in our hearts, minds and in the very guts of us, where they create tension and conflict. My work is all about this inner world. It’s all about the inner tensions and the stuff we hide. I’m interested in the un-seen things like human motive, belief and emotion. The unspoken things like conscious thought and inner reasoning that have a creativity and power all of their own. My work is a public display of these things, a spasmodic series of exorcisms and revelations of what is hidden.The symbolism I use in my work are shorthand expressions of the ‘hidden’ things inside us and the ‘good’ we are all trying to display about ourselves to the outside world.
I am a visual artist and poet predominantly working with paint, print and sculpture. My recent series 'Unlocked' featured drawings of keys alongside poems of their imagined histories.Before this, I wrote a book, 'Deep in the Woods' An illustrated poem aiming to raise awareness on the destruction of HS2.
I am a writer and photographer, alongside theatre director, performer etc.I have worked in Prisons, isolated communities, with people and with writers at all stages of their development. I read my work around the Worcester area previously having read in Wales, and West Yorkshire. I was asked to do a show at the Wolverhampton original literature festival a couple of years ago.However I am looking to work on this from a visual aspect and to this end I take photographs which help me make sense of my world.So enough of the posy nonsense, like everyone else here I can string words together and I can put them into images as well. The idea of collaboration appeals to me since my theatre work has all been collaborative.
I am a visual artist and art educator in the West Midlands. I work intuitively with a variety of media including paint, photography and digital techniques. I am expressive and experimental in my approach and enjoy creating ethereal and aesthetic imagery that explores human emotions and hope.
YUYAN LI, is currently studying BA fine art at Chelsea College of arts, University of the Arts London. She uses digital painting, music, and poetry as art forms. Through the superposition of layers and real-world events, she explores the relationship between plane and plane of material and will power.
I am a poet from Walsall, sometimes serious, sometimes funny. I have done a number of slams, even won the Shrewsbury Festival slam during lockdown. I self-published a collection of 51 Poems called 51 Poems. I have a YouTube channel and also some poems on Soundcloud. Otherwise I like walking, gardening (after a fashion) and going round art galleries - which could be useful I suppose...
Grae J. Wall is a poet, troubadour and lomographer from St Albans, UK. Grae’s poems come from journeys of discovery, times of struggle, sometimes dark, sometimes silly, empathy, confusion, red wine, crazy times, compassion and a wry smile. Grae's latest book The Sound of Revolution is available from www.graejwall.com whilst a number of poetry recordings can be found at www.graejwall.bandcamp.com .
Heddwen Bethan is a poet and writer based in Birmingham. By day, Heddwen works as an Arts Administrator and fills her evenings with reading, writing poetry and prose, and bothering her cat, Merfyn. She is a BBC New Creative and has been commissioned for audio poetry, focusing on identity and folk lore. She is currently working on her first thriller and full collection of poetry, set in Birmingham.
Jan Wilkins (Jan Hedger)
Since 2001 I have accrued a wide selection of poems, been in writing groups. Now run my own group WOW. Organised and headed up events. Self published two collections and home produced two more. Am in many anthologies and perform regularly. Set up displays - including art and photography alongside poetry.
Jane has an MA in Creative Writing and has had work published in a range of journals and anthologies, including Poetry Salzburg Review, Ink, Sweat and Tears, The Ekphrastic Review, Amaryllis and The Emma Press Anthology of Illness. Her debut pamphlet entitled ‘Enter GHOST’ will be published by Dancing Girl Press this autumn.
Poetry practitioner. Published by Offa's Press. Poetry on Loan postcard poet. Performs at spoken word events, real and virtual. Themes: people. Tone: playful.Member of poetry/art collective, ImageTextImage - exhibiting and performning art work inspired by poets, poetry inspired by visual artists
Janet Jenkins is the leader of The Lichfield Poets and enjoys performing poetry with the group at festivals and other events. She has poems in several anthologies including ‘Maligned Species ‘ and 'Diversifly' (Fair Acre Press) and ‘Eighty Four’ (Verve Poetry Press) She was featured on Brum Radio Poets in 2019
I am a poet, actor and solo theatre maker. I’m also Co-Creative Director of RoguePlay Theatre. I write poetry about experiencing joy, grief, the power of music and nature, sexual awakening, wellbeing, spirituality and myth busting subjects that are shrouded in shame to encourage solidarity.
Mark C Hewitt
I’m a playwright/poet/director. Plays include ‘The Revenge Fantasy Club’, shortlisted for Best New Play at Brighton Fringe, and ‘Prison Dialogues’. My filmpoem sequence ‘Les Coffrets’ screened at over 25 film festivals. As director, ‘Zones of Avoidance’ (with poet Maggie Sawkins) won the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry.
Creative spirit, poet, likes to collaborate and find a different/novel/new way to create work. I write on a wide range of themes using different styles/approaches. Would love a new project to get stuck into and have been involved before. Always a surprise and adventure. Need free Space though.
Nora Nadjarian is a poet and short story writer based in Cyprus. Her poems and short stories have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies around the world, including Being Human (Bloodaxe Books, 2011), Capitals (Bloomsbury, 2017) and, most recently, in the Live Canon Anthology 2020.
I'm a poet from Walsall in the West Midlands who has been writing, performing and publishing his work for many years, I love to write poetry and share it with other people as well as listen to their work. My influences are usually what I spot on my travels around the area I live or work in or what's going through my head, often the two can happen at the same time resulting in some interesting compositions to say the least !
Published poet and novelist with interest in poetry as a response to art. I have taught classes on this and collaborated with New Art Gallery Walsall on my anthology 'Encounters with the Garman Ryan '. A founder member of Artwrite , I've work with artists in poetry/ art exhibition/ performance
Steve Harrison from Yorkshire now lives in Shropshire. His work has been published in The Emergency Poet collections, The Physic Garden, Pop Shot, Wetherspoons News, HCE, Strix, PoArty and appears on YouTube as steveharrisonpoet. He performs across the Midlands and The Marches and won the Ledbury Poetry Festival Slam in 2014.
I am a Suffolk based poet. I recently gained an MA from Newcastle University/Poetry School London. My short collection A City Waking Up was published by Dempsey and Windle, October 2020. I have poems published online and in anthologies. I write poetry reviews and am Secretary of Suffolk Poetry Society.