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Moniza Alvi was born in La­hore, Pak­istan, and came to Eng­land when she was a few months old. She grew up in Hert­ford­shire and stud­ied at the uni­ver­si­ties of York and Lon­don. Pea­cock Lug­gage, a book of poems by Moniza Alvi and Peter Daniels, was pub­lished as a re­sult of the two poets jointly win­ning the Po­etry Busi­ness Prize in 1991. Since then, Moniza Alvi has writ­ten eight po­etry col­lec­tions. Moniza’s lat­est col­lec­tion is At the Time of Par­ti­tion (2013) a Po­etry Book So­ci­ety Choice and short­listed for the 2013 TS Eliot Prize. Moniza Alvi now tu­tors for the Po­etry School and lives in Nor­folk. In 2002 she re­ceived a Chol­monde­ley Award for her po­etry.

Frank Arm­strong (@frankarm­strong2) earned a de­gree in his­tory in Uni­ver­sity Col­lege Dublin be­fore train­ing to be a bar­ris­ter. He also com­pleted a Mas­ters in Is­lamic So­ci­eties and Cul­tures in SOAS, and trained to be a sec­ondary school his­tory teacher. Fol­low­ing ac­cu­sa­tions of be­ing an eter­nal stu­dent, he be­gan writ­ing ar­ti­cles for the Spec­ta­tor, The Lon­don Mag­a­zine, as well as Ir­ish pub­li­ca­tions in­clud­ing Vil­lage Mag­a­zine, the Dublin Re­view of Books and the Ir­ish Times. Lat­terly, he man­aged a folk band and ran a Dublin venue that com­bined mu­sic with ve­gan food. Cur­rently he di­vides his time be­tween writ­ing and teach­ing. He is the editor of Cas­san­dra Voices www.cas­san­dravoices.com

Greta Bel­la­macina is a poet, ac­tress and film­maker. Her work has fea­tured in The Guardian, The Times, The Evening Stan­dard, Dazed & Con­fused, I-D Mag­a­zine, In­ter­view Mag­a­zine, Vogue UK, Elle UK, Won­der­land, and Hunger Mag­a­zine. She has per­formed her po­etry on CNN, BBC World News, BBC Ra­dio 4 , BBC Lon­don, BBC Ra­dio 2 with Jonathan Ross and BBC Ra­dio 3 on The Verb po­etry show. Af­ter nearly forty years of school-teach­ing Ian Brin­ton now writes full time. Re­cent pub­li­ca­tions in­clude an edi­tion of Se­lected Poems and Prose of John Ri­ley (Shears­man), trans­la­tions from the French of Philippe Jac­cot­tet (Oys­ter­catcher Press), For the Fu­ture, a fest­schrift for J.H. Prynne (Shears­man), An An­drew Crozier Reader (Car­canet) and Con­tem­po­rary Po­etry and Poets since 1990 (C.U.P.). He co-ed­its Tears in the Fence and SNOW and is on the com­mit­tee set­ting up the new ar­chive of Con­tem­po­rary Po­etry at the Uni­ver­sity of Cam­bridge. He is the Web Manager for The English As­so­ci­a­tion’s War Poets Web­site.

Mag­gie Butt’s fifth po­etry col­lec­tion, De­grees of Twi­light, was pub­lished by The Lon­don Mag­a­zine Edi­tions in July 2015. Her pre­vi­ous col­lec­tions were Lip­stick, pe­tite, Ally Pally Prison Camp, Sancti Clan­des­tini – Un­der­cover Saints. Mag­gie is an ex jour­nal­ist and BBC TV pro­ducer, now As­so­ciate Pro­fes­sor of Creative Writ­ing at Mid­dle­sex Uni­ver­sity, and Royal Lit­er­ary Fund Fel­low in Kent. http://www.mag­giebutt.co.uk

José Manuel Car­dona is a poet from Ibiza, Spain. He is the au­thor of El Vendimi­ador (Atzavara, 1953), Poe­mas a Circe (Adon­ais, 1959), and El Bosque de Bir­nam: An­tología poética (Con­sell In­su­lar d’Eivissa, 2007). He was co-editor of sev­eral lit­er­ary jour­nals and wrote for many pub­li­ca­tions. He par­tic­i­pated in the II Con­greso de Poesía in Sala­manca and be­longed to the Cán­tico group. The Franco regime forced him into ex­ile in France. He holds PhDs in lit­er­a­ture and hu­man­i­ties (Uni­ver­sity of Nancy), and po­lit­i­cal sciences (Grad­u­ate In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tional and De­vel­op­ment Stud­ies, Geneva). He wrote his the­sis on the Mex­i­can rev­o­lu­tion at the In­sti­tuto de Cul­tura His­pánica de Madrid and is an at­tor­ney (Uni­ver­sity of Barcelona). He worked for the United Na­tions most of his life, in Geneva, Paris, Rome, Vi­enna, Belgrade, Sofia, Kiev, Tbil­isi, Moscow, St. Pe­ters­burg, and Panama, among many places.

Hélène Car­dona is the au­thor of seven books, most re­cently Life in Sus­pen­sion and Dream­ing My An­i­mal Selves, and the trans­la­tions Bir­nam Wood (José Manuel Car­dona), Be­yond Else­where (Gabriel Arnou-Lau­jeac), win­ner of a Hem­ing­way Grant, Ce que nous por­tons (Do­ri­anne Laux); and Whit­man et la Guerre de Sé­ces­sion: Walt Whit­man’s Civil War Writ­ings for Whit­manWeb. Pub­li­ca­tions in­clude Wash­ing­ton Square Re­view, World Lit­er­a­ture To­day, Po­etry In­ter­na­tional, The Brook­lyn Rail, Hayden’s Ferry Re­view, Drunken Boat, Asymp­tote, The Lon­don Mag­a­zine, and The War­wick Re­view. Act­ing cred­its in­clude Choco­lat, Juras­sic World, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, The Hun­dred-Foot Jour­ney, and Serendip­ity.

Martina Evans is an Ir­ish poet and nov­el­ist, the au­thor of eleven books of prose and po­etry. Burn­fort Las Ve­gas was a fi­nal­ist for the Po­etry Now Award in 2015 and her lat­est book of poems Now We Can Talk Openly About Men is pub­lished by Car­canet in May 2018. A reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tor to The Ir­ish Times, she is a Royal Lit­er­ary Fund Ad­vi­sory Fel­low and lives in Lon­don with her daugh­ter Li­adain.

Theo Green­blatt’s prose, both fic­tion and nonfiction, is pub­lished most re­cently in Salt Hill Jour­nal, Tikkun, The Har­vard Re­view, and Drift­wood Press, as well as nu­mer­ous other venues in­clud­ing two an­tholo­gies of women’s fic­tion. She holds a PhD from the Uni­ver­sity of Rhode Is­land and teaches com­po­si­tion to aspir­ing of­fi­cer can­di­dates at the Naval Academy Prepara­tory School in New­port, RI. She is cur­rently work­ing on a book-length mem­oir about her years as a kib­butznik in the 1980s.

Philip Richard Hall is a so­cial­ist, a teacher and a writer. He is mar­ried with three chil­dren and lives in New Malden, when he isn’t snor­kel­ing in the Ara­bian Gulf. Ted Hodgkin­son is Senior Pro­gram­mer, Lit­er­a­ture and Spo­ken Word at South­bank Cen­tre. The 60th an­niver­sary live read­ing of Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart takes place on Sun­day 15 April with read­ers in­clud­ing Chi­bundu Onuzo, Lu­cian Msamati, Olu Ja­cobs, Adesua Etomi and Kele Ok­ereke, and the live read­ing of Doris Less­ing’s The Golden Note­book takes place on Sun­day 22 April with read­ers in­clud­ing Laura Bates, Eimear McBride, Lara Feigel, Ad­joa An­doh and Ly­dia Wil­son. Both in South­bank Cen­tre’s newly re­opened Queen El­iz­a­beth Hall. www.south­bank­cen­tre.co.uk

Steven Matthews is a poet and critic who was raised in Colch­ester, Es­sex, and now lives in Ox­ford. His po­etry col­lec­tion Sky­ing was pub­lished in 2012 and he has been a reg­u­lar re­viewer for jour­nals in­clud­ing the TLS, Po­etry Re­view, and The Lon­don Mag­a­zine. He has been Po­etry Editor for Dublin Quar­terly Mag­a­zine. As a critic, Steven Matthews has pub­lished books on a wide range of twen­ti­eth- and twenty-first cen­tury po­etry in English, in­clud­ing writ­ing on Yeats, T.S. Eliot, Les Mur­ray, and con­tem­po­rary Ir­ish po­etry.

Pa­tri­cia Mc­Carthy is half Ir­ish and half English. Her col­lec­tion, Rodin’s Shadow, was pub­lished in 2012 by Clu­tag Press/Agenda Edi­tions. Horses Be­tween Our Legs, headed by her poem which won the Na­tional Po­etry Com­pe­ti­tion, 2013, was pub­lished in 2014; Let­ters to Akhma­tova came out last year. Rock­abye, a new col­lec­tion was pub­lished by Wor­ple Press last year (2017) and Shot Silks by Water­loo Press. She is the editor of Agenda po­etry jour­nal www.agen­dapo­etry.co.uk 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. Res­ur­rec­tions: Au­thors, He­roes—and a Spy will be pub­lished in 2018.

Kon­rad Muller served as an Aus­tralian diplo­mat in Cairo and Tel Aviv. He now lives in Ho­bart and is fin­ish­ing a novel about the Dan­ish rev­o­lu­tion­ary and Bri­tish spy, Jor­gen Jor­gensen, who ended his days as a con­vict-com­man­der in Tas­ma­nia’s no­to­ri­ous Black War.

Jor­dan Os­borne is a writer and cur­rently study­ing English & Creative Writ­ing at the Uni­ver­sity of Portsmouth. Jor­dan is also the founder of award-win­ning on­line publication, Ven­dor.

Michael O’Neill’s fourth book of poems Re­turn of the Gift from Arc ap­pears in 2018. It has re­ceived a Spe­cial Com­men­da­tion from the Po­etry Book So­ci­ety.

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’ 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’.

Peter Robin­son is Pro­fes­sor of English and Amer­i­can Lit­er­a­ture at the Uni­ver­sity of Read­ing, and po­etry editor for Two Rivers Press. Au­thor of apho­risms, prose poems, short sto­ries, and four vol­umes of lit­er­ary crit­i­cism, he has been awarded the Chel­tenham Prize, the John Flo­rio Prize, and two Po­etry Book So­ci­ety Rec­om­men­da­tions for his po­etry and trans­la­tions from the Ital­ian. His most re­cent pub­li­ca­tions in­clude a novel, Septem­ber in the Rain (2016), his Col­lected Poems 1976-2016 (2017), and a new crit­i­cal mono­graph, The Sound Sense of Po­etry (2018).

De­clan Ryan’s de­but pam­phlet was pub­lished in the Faber New Poets se­ries in 2014. 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.

Iain Twiddy grew up at the edge of the fens in Lin­colnshire, east­ern Eng­land. He is the au­thor of two crit­i­cal stud­ies of con­tem­po­rary po­etry. He lives in the city of Sap­poro, in north­ern Ja­pan.

Stu­art Wal­ton is a cul­tural his­to­rian and critic. He is au­thor of In­tox­i­col­ogy: A Cul­tural His­tory of Drink and Drugs, as well as A Nat­u­ral His­tory of Hu­man Emo­tions, In The Realm of the Senses: A Ma­te­ri­al­ist The­ory of See­ing and Feel­ing, In­tro­duc­ing Theodor Adorno and a novel, The First Day in Par­adise. He has also writ­ten widely on food and wine, and lives on what is known uniron­i­cally as the English Riviera.

For over a quar­ter of a cen­tury Linda Wilkin­son was in biomed­i­cal sci­ence fi­nally work­ing as a Re­search Fel­low at UCL’s arthri­tis re­search fa­cil­ity where she was part of the team to dif­fer­en­ti­ate the cells which line the hu­man joint. She has been writ­ing pro­fes­sion­ally since 1996 pro­duc­ing award win­ning plays, his­tory books and nov­els. Her mem­oir, Columbia Road of Blood and Be­long­ing was pub­lished last year.

Robert Wil­ton was ad­vi­sor to the Prime Min­is­ter of Kosovo in the pe­riod be­fore the coun­try’s in­de­pen­dence, and has lived and worked in the Balkans for most of the last dozen years. He also writes on the his­tory and cul­ture of the re­gion, and trans­lates Al­ba­nian po­etry. He’s co-founder of The Ideas Part­ner­ship char­ity, work­ing with marginal­ized Balkan com­mu­ni­ties. Trea­son’s Spring, lat­est in his prize-win­ning se­ries of his­tor­i­cal nov­els, was pub­lished in Au­tumn 2017.

Kieron Winn’s first col­lec­tion of po­etry, The Mor­tal Man, was pub­lished in 2015 by How­town Press: ‘su­perb col­lec­tion’ ( Agenda); ‘the un­mis­tak­able ring of the real thing’ (Bernard O’Donoghue). He was ed­u­cated at Christ Church, Ox­ford, where he was awarded a doc­tor­ate for a the­sis on Her­bert Read and T. S. Eliot. His poems have ap­peared in mag­a­zines in­clud­ing Agenda, Agni, The Dark Horse, Lit­er­ary Imag­i­na­tion, The Lon­don Mag­a­zine, The New Cri­te­rion, New States­man, Ox­ford Mag­a­zine, Po­etry Re­view, The Rialto, The Spec­ta­tor and The Times Lit­er­ary Sup­ple­ment; poems have also been broad­cast on BBC TV and ra­dio. He lives in Ox­ford, where he teaches lit­er­a­ture and creative writ­ing.

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