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Raficq Ab­dulla is a writer and broad­caster on a num­ber of top­ics in­clud­ing Art, Shari’ah law, Is­lam, iden­tity, po­etry and spir­i­tu­al­ity & the sa­cred. He has sat on the boards of the Po­etry So­ci­ety, of Planet Po­etry and of English PEN where he was Act­ing Pres­i­dent in 2013/14. He now sits on the ed­i­to­rial Board of the trans­la­tors’ jour­nal, In Other Words. He is a mem­ber of the Trans­la­tion Com­mit­tee of English PEN. Peter Ainsworth is a for­mer politi­cian. Cur­rently Chair of the U.K. Big Lot­tery Fund and the Churches Con­ser­va­tion Trust, and a board mem­ber of the En­vi­ron­ment Agency, he has writ­ten reg­u­larly for Resur­gence. His verse has been pub­lished and broad­cast and his writ­ing for The Lon­don Mag­a­zine in­cludes the son­net ‘As­so­nance’ and ‘The Grange’ - a ghost story. Michael Amherst is the au­thor of Go the Way Your Blood Beats: On Truth and De­sire, forth­com­ing with Re­peater Books in Fe­bru­ary, 2018. His short fic­tion has ap­peared in pub­li­ca­tions in­clud­ing The White Re­view and Con­trap­passo and been longlisted for BBC Open­ing Lines and Bath Short Story Prize, and short­listed for the Brid­port Prize. His es­says and re­views have ap­peared in the Guardian, New States­man and At­ti­tude, among oth­ers. He is a re­cip­i­ent of an award from Arts Coun­cil Eng­land and is work­ing on a novel as part of a PhD at Birk­beck, Univer­sity of Lon­don. Houman Barekat is a book critic based in Lon­don. His re­views have ap­peared in the Times Lit­er­ary Sup­ple­ment, the Spec­ta­tor, Lit­er­ary Re­view, the Ir­ish Times and else­where. He is coed­i­tor (with Robert Barry and David Win­ters) of The Dig­i­tal Critic: Lit­er­ary Cul­ture On­line, forth­com­ing from O/R Books. Conor Carville was born in Ar­magh City. Ed­u­cated at Trin­ity Col­lege Dublin and Ox­ford Univer­sity, he is cur­rently As­so­ciate Pro­fes­sor in English and Cre­ative Writ­ing at the Univer­sity of Read­ing. His crit­i­cal work on cul­tural the­ory and Ir­ish writ­ing, The Ends of Ire­land: Crit­i­cism, His­tory, Sub­jec­tiv­ity, was pub­lished in 2012. In 2007 he won the Pa­trick Ka­vanagh Award for Po­etry. He lives in Lon­don with his wife and daugh­ter. Harm’s Way is his de­but col­lec­tion of po­ems and is pub­lished by the Dedalus Press in Fe­bru­ary 2013. Sally Emer­son is the award-win­ning au­thor of nov­els in­clud­ing Heat, Sep­a­ra­tion and Sec­ond Sight and an an­thol­o­gist of po­etry and prose. She lives in Lon­don. Her web­site is www.sal­lye­mer­ Suzan­nah V. Evans is a poet, ed­i­tor, and critic. She was born in Lon­don and stud­ied at the uni­ver­si­ties of St An­drews and York. She has taught in France and Ger­many, worked in pub­lish­ing, and was re­cently a sound tech­ni­cian, trans­la­tor, and in­ter­preter for StAnza po­etry fes­ti­val in St An­drews. Her writ­ing has ap­peared in the TLS, Eb­o­rakon, New Welsh Re­view, The Scores, Time Present, Tears in the Fence, Asymp­tote, and else­where. She is Re­views Ed­i­tor for The Com­pass. Stephanie de Gior­gio’s fic­tion piece, Ode to Spec­ta­cles (Three Inches Thick), is her first short story. She is a Lon­don-based writer who trained as an ac­tor at the Lee Stras­berg In­sti­tute in New York. Pre­vi­ous writ­ing in­cludes a fea­ture length mu­sic video for the al­bum Night Thoughts, ex­hib­ited by Suede at their shows across Europe and in Lon­don at the Round­house and Bar­bican. She has also writ­ten and co-di­rected a short film, Witch, that was shown at the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val and the Lon­don In­de­pen­dent Film Fes­ti­val. Sue Hub­bard is an award-win­ning poet, nov­el­ist and free­lance art critic. The Po­etry So­ci­ety’s only ever of­fi­cial Pub­lic Art Poet, she has pub­lished three col­lec­tions of po­etry: Ev­ery­thing Be­gins with the Skin (Enithar­mon), Ghost Sta­tion and The For­get­ting and Re­mem­ber­ing of Air (Salt), a book of short sto­ries, Rothko’s Red (Salt) and two nov­els, Depth of Field (Dewi Lewis) and Girl in White (Cin­na­mon Press). Her third novel will be pub­lished by Cin­na­mon in 2017. Art critic for many years on The In­de­pen­dent and The New States­man, her Ad­ven­tures in Art, a com­pendium of es­says on art, is pub­lished by Other Cri­te­ria. She was re­cently in­vited to record her po­ems for the Na­tional Po­etry Archive. com. www.sue­hub­bard.

An­drew Lam­birth is a writer about art who also writes po­etry and makes col­lages. Be­sides con­tribut­ing to a range of pub­li­ca­tions in­clud­ing The Sun­day Tele­graph, The Guardian and RA Mag­a­zine, he was art critic for The Spec­ta­tor from 2002 un­til 2014, and has col­lected his re­views in a pa­per­back en­ti­tled A is a Critic. Among his re­cent books are mono­graphs on the artists David In­shaw, Eileen Gray and Wil­liam Gear. He lives in Suf­folk sur­rounded by pic­tures. Alis­tair Lex­den is a Con­ser­va­tive peer and his­to­rian. His re­cent pub­li­ca­tions in­clude A Gift from the Churchills: The Prim­rose League 1883-2004 and The Carl­ton Club 1832-2007. In a forth­com­ing lec­ture to mark the 150th an­niver­sary Stan­ley Baldwin’s birth, he will re­assess the ca­reer of an ex­tremely well-read prime min­is­ter who dom­i­nated in­ter-war Bri­tish pol­i­tics; the lec­ture will be broad­cast on the BBC Par­lia­ment Chan­nel in April. Full de­tails of his his­tor­i­cal work and of his con­tri­bu­tions to the Lords can be found on his web­site,htpp://www. al­is­tair­lex­

Jef­frey Mey­ers has re­cently pub­lished Re­mem­ber­ing Iris Mur­doch in 2013, Thomas Mann’s Artist-He­roes in 2014, Robert Low­ell in Love and The Mys­tery of the Real: Cor­re­spon­dence with Alex Colville in 2016. Ka­t­rina Naomi’s po­etry has ap­peared in The TLS, Po­etry Lon­don and The Po­etry Re­view, and on Ra­dio 4. She is trav­el­ling to Japan in au­tumn 2017, fol­low­ing an Arts Coun­cil/Bri­tish Coun­cil award. The Way the Croc­o­dile Taught Me was pub­lished by Seren (2016). Ka­t­rina was writer-in-res­i­dence at the Arnolfini in 2016. Pre­vi­ous pub­li­ca­tions in­clude: Hooli­gans, (Rack Press), The Girl with the Cac­tus Hand­shake (Tem­plar Po­etry), short­listed for the Lon­don New Writ­ers Award, Char­lotte Brönte’s Corset (Brönte So­ci­ety), and Lunch at the El

ephant and Cas­tle (Tem­plar Po­etry), which won the Tem­plar Pam­phlet Com­pe­ti­tion. Ka­t­rina holds a PhD from Gold­smiths. She is a critic and tu­tor. http://www.ka­tri­

Robert Perkins (born Boston, 1949) is an Amer­i­can artist, film­maker and writer. Perkins was ed­u­cated at Har­vard Univer­sity and Ben­ning­ton Col­lege. For fif­teen years, Perkins pro­duced in­de­pen­dent films for PBS in the US and Chan­nel 4 in the UK, trav­el­ling to wild and re­mote cor­ners of the world. Aside from his films, Perkins is also known for The Writ­ten Im­age, an on­go­ing se­ries of per­sonal col­lab­o­ra­tions with po­ets, which he em­barked upon in the 1970s. The se­ries has been cre­ated in col­lab­o­ra­tion with renowned po­ets in­clud­ing No­bel Lau­re­ates Sea­mus Heaney and Oc­tavio Paz. Perkins’s work has been shown in ex­hi­bi­tions in­ter­na­tion­ally, in­clud­ing the 2014 Led­bury Po­etry Fes­ti­val and most re­cently at Ben­jamin Spade­man Rare Books in Lon­don. www.robertf­

Fiona Pitt-Keth­ley is the au­thor of more than 20 books of prose or po­etry pub­lished by Chatto and WIn­dus, Aba­cus, Peter Owen, Sin­clair-Steven­son, Ar­ca­dia Books and smaller presses. She has also pub­lished many ar­ti­cles in the In­de­pen­dent, the Guardian, the Times, the

Tele­graph, Lon­don Re­view of Books and other mag­a­zines and news­pa­pers. She lives in Spain. Dan Pow­ell is a prize-win­ning au­thor of short fic­tion whose work has ap­peared in the pages of Be­ing Dad, The Lonely Voice, Un­thol­ogy and Best Bri­tish Short Sto­ries. His de­but col­lec­tion, Look­ing Out Of Bro­ken Win­dows, was short­listed for the Scott Prize and longlisted for the Frank O’Con­nor In­ter­na­tional Short Story Award and the Edge Hill Prize. He is cur­rently work­ing on a sec­ond story col­lec­tion and a de­but novel, is a First Story writer-in-res­i­dence, and is com­plet­ing his PhD in Cre­ative Writ­ing at Univer­sity of Le­ices­ter. He pro­cras­ti­nates at dan­pow­ell­fic­ and on Twit­ter as @dan­pow­fic­tion.

Tony Roberts’s fourth book of po­ems, Drawn­dark, ap­peared in 2014. He is also the au­thor of an es­say col­lec­tion, The Taste in My Mind (2015), and the ed­i­tor of Po­etry in the Blood (2014), all from Shoe­string Press. Con­cern­ing Roberts’s po­etry, Al Al­varez wrote of ‘an au­then­tic adult voice, ten­der, ironic, re­laxed and highly ed­u­cated’. Re­view­ing his prose, John Forth found ‘a de­tailed map of the age … con­densed to ap­pear as ta­ble talk’.

James Simp­son is a Jer­wood/Ar­von writ­ing fel­low and was a prizewin­ner in the Thomas Hardy So­ci­ety’s James Gib­son Me­mo­rial Po­etry Com­pe­ti­tion. He has col­lab­o­rated with the artist and print­maker Carolyn Trant on the artist’s books, Hunt­ing the Wren and The Rhyme of

the Red­dle­man’s Daugh­ter (both Par­venu Press), edi­tions of which now re­side in pri­vate and pub­lic col­lec­tions na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally; in­clud­ing the Bri­tish Li­brary (Mod­ern Bri­tish Spe­cial Col­lec­tions), Yale Univer­sity Li­brary, Louisiana State Univer­sity (LSU Li­braries) and the Univer­sity of Ge­or­gia (Main Li­brary). In 2011 The Un­tenanted Room was pub­lished as an Agenda Edi­tions, the sec­ond move­ment of a longer poem of that name.

Will Stone is a poet, es­say­ist and lit­er­ary trans­la­tor. Shears­man Books have re­cently reis­sued his po­etry col­lec­tions in new edi­tions and pub­lished his third The Sleep­walk­ers in March 2016. His trans­la­tions with Arc, Me­nard and Hes­pe­rus in­clude works by Ver­haeren, Ro­den­bach, Trakl, Rilke, Ner­val and Roth. Pushkin Press pub­lished his Ste­fan Zweig Mon­taigne in Au­gust 2015 and Zweig’s 1930’s es­says as Mes­sages from a Lost World in Jan­uary 2016. His Se­lected Po­ems of Ge­orges Ro­den­bach will be pub­lished by Arc in 2017 and an ex­panded col­lec­tion of the po­etry of Ge­org Trakl by Seag­ull Books in 2017. Will also con­trib­utes to Po­etry Re­view, The TLS and Apollo mag­a­zine. Tara Stubbs is As­so­ciate Pro­fes­sor in English Lit­er­a­ture and Cre­ative Writ­ing at Ox­ford Univer­sity’s De­part­ment for Con­tin­u­ing Ed­u­ca­tion, and a Fel­low of Kel­logg Col­lege, Ox­ford. She is the au­thor of a range of pub­li­ca­tions on mod­ernist po­etry and fic­tion, with a fo­cus on Ir­ish and Amer­i­can lit­er­a­ture, and has a par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est in transat­lantic lit­er­a­ture and cul­ture. Her first mono­graph was en­ti­tled Amer­i­can Lit­er­a­ture and Ir­ish Cul­ture, 1910–1955: the pol­i­tics of en­chant­ment (MUP, 2013), and she is cur­rently work­ing on a book-length study of the Ir­ish son­net in the twen­ti­eth and twenty-first cen­turies. M. Lock Swin­gen was born and raised in North Dakota. He is the cre­ative di­rec­tor of the videog­ra­phy com­pany Twin Tan­dem Stu­dios. He is also a reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tor to Rain Taxi Re­view of Books and the Har­vard Re­view. Si­mon Tait is a free­lance jour­nal­ist, writer and ed­i­tor. He is a for­mer com­mis­sion­ing ed­i­tor of the Tele­graph Sun­day Mag­a­zine and arts cor­re­spon­dent of The Times and has con­trib­uted fea­tures to most na­tional news­pa­pers. He is co-ed­i­tor of the fort­nightly Arts In­dus­try mag­a­zine. He is the au­thor of a bi­og­ra­phy of the pain­ter Philip Sut­ton among other books, and was Pres­i­dent of the Crit­ics’ Cir­cle 2013-15. Ella Wind­sor has con­trib­uted to var­i­ous pub­li­ca­tions in­clud­ing Mon­o­cle Mag­a­zine, Vogue, The Ecol­o­gist and The Daily Tele­graph. She writes about cul­ture, the arts and arts ed­u­ca­tion, par­tic­u­larly in South Amer­ica where she lived for sev­eral years. She is Di­rec­tor of Arts and Travel for Brand­ing Latin Amer­ica Group, a Lon­don-based plat­form for the re­gion. She is also Board Di­rec­tor of Tou­can Ven­tures, sup­port­ing the growth of cre­ative en­trepreneurs, and the Play­ing for Change Foun­da­tion, a global mu­sic ed­u­ca­tion non­profit or­gan­i­sa­tion. She grad­u­ated from Brown and Ox­ford uni­ver­si­ties with de­grees in Com­par­a­tive Lit­er­a­ture and So­cial An­thro­pol­ogy.

Short Fic­tion by Dan Pow­ell and Stephanie di Gior­gio Fea­tur­ing: Will Stone on the Cathe­dral of Sois­sons Tara Stubbs on T. S. Eliot Sally Emer­son on My Lon­don Tony Roberts on Robert Low­ell Ella Wind­sor on Ni­colás Gar­cía Uriburu and Land Art M. Lock Swin­gen on Re­mem­ber­ing Derek Wal­cott Grey Gowrie on Heath­cote Williams Alis­tair Lex­den on Lord North­cote and his di­aries Re­views by An­drew Lam­birth, Sue Hub­bard, Will Stone, Si­mon Tait, Jef­frey Mey­ers, Houman Barekat, Conor Carville and Matthew Scott

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