Item List

Adrian McKenzie

Adrian McKenzie is a slam winning performance poet from Stoke-on-Trent. His poems provoke the listener to consider their perspectives on social and personal themes.He published a mini-collection of his poems entitled 7 on The Back in 2020.

Alison Jean Lester

While I am primarily a novelist, I regularly write poetry when only a poem will do. My most recent book, a memoir called Absolutely Delicious: A Chronicle of Extraordinary Dying, is peppered with the haiku I wrote while helping my mother through the final months of her life.

Andy Summers

I’m an occasional Walsall based voice who has recently got much more involved with performance poetry after a lifetime littered with a paper trail that I left unspoken in boxes and cupboards. My style or preferred delivery is probably a narrative flow that challenges or celebrates!

Angie Payne

Working class spoken word poet.

Anne Babbs

Observational poet. Poems tend to be about everyday events, rather than nature. Socialist in tone. Nostalgic poems centre around family and personal experience. I have a distinctive poetic voice. I am disabled, identify as LGBTQI, working class, and Black Country proud.

Anthony Gorin

I am poet and photographer using my lived experience of mental-health, as the themes for their poetry and showing the beauty in the everyday. I am a member of the Dark Poets Club; a group of poets with a focus on mental health and darker poetry society shies away from.

Ben Macnair

I am a fairly well published poet and playwright, writing in a style that is more abstract than concrete.

Brenda Read-Brown

I'm a poet. I started as a performance poet but now write mostly page poetry and have two published collections. I particularly enjoy cross-artform working. As well as writing, I work with cancer patients and carers and with people facing anxiety, depression, chronic pain etc.

Carol Caffrey

I'm an Irish poet/writer and in a previous life was a teacher and professional actor. My poetry chapbook was published by 4Word Press in June 2020 and I’m currently working on a full collection. I’ve been involved with the two editions of “Encounters”, a similar project, in Shrewsbury.

Carol Howarth

I am a retired librarian. My poetry, inspired by my Canadian childhood, travel, art and the environment, is in various anthologies including Poetry of the Black Country (Offa's Press). I self published my poetry pamphlet, Library of Jackdaws, in 2019. I am a member of Bilston Writers.

Cathi Rae

Spoken word artist and domestic cleaner...telling the stories and lives of the people nobody sees

Cherry Doyle

I'm a poet living on the edge of Cannock Chase. My work is rich in imagery inspired by the countryside. I've been published in some print and online magazines, and I have a pamphlet available from Offa's Press ('September').