Notes on Contributors
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown is a columnist, journalist, acdemic, author and broadcaster. She writes for the International Business Times, I newspaper and other newspapers. She is professor of Journalism at Middlesex University and author of ten books. Her recent book Exotic England is an untold story of England’s infatuation with the East. Before that she wrote The Settler’s Cookbook, a memoir of love, migration and food. Both books got excellent reviews.
Houman Barekat is a literary critic. He has reviewed for the Times Literary Supplement, the Spectator, the Irish Times, the Tablet and the New Internationalist, amongst others. He lives in West London.
Ian Brinton is a full-time writer, after nearly forty years of school-teaching. His recent publications include translations from the French of Yves Bonnefoy and Francis Ponge. As a literary critic he has edited three books of the work of Andrew Crozier, and two books about the poet J.H. Prynne. Infinite Riches, a history of poets from Dulwich College since 1950, was published recently and his edition of the Selected Poems & Prose of John Riley is due to appear in November. He co-edits Tears in the Fence and SNOW and is on the committee setting up the new archive of Contemporary Poetry at Cambridge University Library.
Angela T. Carr is a writer and poet based in Dublin, with work published or forthcoming in literary journals in Ireland and internationally, including Mslexia, Bare Fiction and Prelude. Her debut collection, How to Lose Your Home & Save Your Life, won the Cork Literary Review Poetry Manuscript Competition 2013. In 2014, she was selected for Poetry Ireland’s Introductions series and won the Allingham Poetry Prize. Nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2016, she was also commended in the Hippocrates International Poetry Competition and runner-up in the Trocaire Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition. She is Poetry Editor at Headstuff.org. More at www.adreamingskin.com
Phoebe L. Corbett is a poet and writer from West London. Before graduating in Creative & Media Writing at the University of Portsmouth she produced a collection of poetry, Saudade:
A Recollection, as her dissertation. A thesis followed on saudade and nostalgia within poetry and Portuguese Fado, and she went on to win the university’s 2016 Creative Writing Award. Her main interests lie in poetry and travel writing, as well as in activism, and she has penned opinion pieces for various online magazines.
Claire Crowther has published three collections of poetry; the first, Stretch of Closures, was shortlisted for the Aldeburgh Best First Collection prize. Her poems appear in such journals as London Review of Books, PN Review, Times Literary Supplement. Her recent essay on syllabics ( PN Review) was chosen as essay of the week on Poetry Daily. Her fifth pamphlet,
Bare George, is newly published by Shearsman and is the result of a year’s residency at the Royal Mint Museum.
John Danvers is an artist, writer and recently retired associate-professor of philosophy and art practice at Plymouth University. Since publishing in Iconolatre and other magazines in the 1960s, his poems have appeared in artworks exhibited internationally, and in his two books: Picturing Mind (Rodopi, 2006) and Agents of Uncertainty (Rodopi, 2012). New poems will be published in the next issues of: Urthona - Journal of Buddhism and the Arts; The
Cannon’s Mouth; and Poetry Salzburg Review. John is Buddhist chaplain at Exeter University. Website: http://johndanversart.co.uk/
Peter Davies is a journalist and literary critic whose publications from Greenwich Exchange press include studies on Milton’s Paradise Lost, William Blake and Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
Patrick James Errington is a poet and translator from the prairies of Alberta, Canada. His poems have appeared in magazines and journals including The Iowa Review, The American
Literary Review, The Adroit Journal, Horsethief, DIAGRAM, and others. A graduate of Columbia University’s MFA programme, Patrick now lives in Edinburgh, where he is a doctoral candidate and Buchanan scholar at the University of St Andrews.
Aaron Fagan has variously worked as an editor for Poetry, Scientific American, and Fine Homebuilding. He is the author of Garage (Salt Publishing, 2007) and Echo Train (Salt Publishing, 2010) and lives in Connecticut.
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.
Seán Hewitt won a Northern Writers’ Award in 2016 and was selected as one of The Poetry Trust’s ‘Aldeburgh Eight’ in 2015. His poems have been published in Poetry (Chicago), The Poetry Review and The New Statesman, amongst others.
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. www.suehubbard.com
Theophilus Kwek was born in Singapore and has published three collections of poetry, most recently Giving Ground (Ethos Books, 2016). He won the Jane Martin Prize in 2015 and the New Poets’ Prize in 2016, and has been published in The North, Southword, The Interpreter’s House, Eastlit, and other journals. He works at The Oxford Writers’ House and Asymptote, the journal of world literature.
Karen An-hwei Lee is the author of Phyla of Joy (Tupelo 2012), Ardor (Tupelo 2008) and In Medias Res (Sarabande 2004). Lee also wrote two chapbooks, God’s One Hundred Promises (Swan Scythe 2002) and What the Sea Earns for a Living (Quaci Press 2014). Her book of literary criticism, Anglophone Literatures in the Asian Diaspora: Literary Transnational
ism and Translingual Migrations (Cambria 2013), was selected for the Cambria Sinophone World Series, published in New York and London. Currently, she serves in the university administration at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California. Lee is a voting member of the National Book Critics Circle.
Konrad Muller is writing a novel about one city and two islands at the ends of the world. His writing has appeared previously in The London Magazine.
Daniel Mulhall has been Ireland’s Ambassador in London since 2013 and has had previous diplomatic postings in New Delhi, Vienna, Brussels, Edinburgh, Kuala Lumpur and Berlin. He has maintained a lifelong interest in Irish history and literature on which he has lectured and published widely. His most recent publication is The Shaping of Modern Ireland: a cen
tenary assessment (Dublin, 2016) which he co-edited with Eugenio Biagini. His blog is available via the Embassy’s website (https://www.dfa.ie/irish-embassy/great-britain/). He tweets regularly on Irish-UK relations, diplomacy, literature, history, Ireland’s economy and Irish culture @DanMulhall. During 2016, he has been active in commemorating the centenary of the Easter Rising and of Irish participation in World War 1.
Selina Nwulu is a writer, poet and researcher for a think tank. Her chapbook, The Secrets I Let Slip, was published in 2015 by Burning Eye Books and is a Poetry Book Society recommendation. She was Young Poet Laureate for London 2015-6. You can find more of her work at www.selinanwulu.com
Frances Park began writing at age ten, and has kept the dream going. She’s an award-winning author of ten books including the novel When My Sister Was Cleopatra Moon (Hyperion/ Chatto & Windus) and the memoir Chocolate Chocolate: Two Sisters, Tons of Treats and the
Little Shop That Could (St. Martin’s Press). For her work, she’s been interviewed on ‘Good Morning America’, National Public Radio and Voice of America. Frances lives in the Washington, DC area and co-owns Chocolate Chocolate, a magical shop once featured on the BBC. Satyajit Sarna is a writer and lawyer from New Delhi, India. His first novel, The Angel’s Share, was published in 2012 by HarperCollins. His poetry has earlier been published in the First Proof 2: New Writing from India by Penguin Books, and by the online journals The Literateur and The Sunflower Collective. Alex Shaw is from South Tyneside and currently a student of English and German at Jesus College, Oxford. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Ink Sweat & Tears, The Literateur and The Cadaverine. He was shortlisted for the London Magazine Poetry Prize 2016, won the Martin Starkie Prize 2015 and was commended in the Christopher Tower Poetry Competition 2014.
Edwin Stockdale was born in Chester. He has a BA Hons in Creative Writing and Music from Lancaster University and a PGCE from Liverpool Hope University. In September 2014 his debut pamphlet collection, Aventurine, was published by Red Squirrel Press. Currently he lives in Leeds and is studying for an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Birmingham.
Tom Sutcliffe wrote about the arts, especially opera, in The Guardian for many years, was opera critic of the Evening Standard from 1996 to 2002, and writes now for Opern Welt in Berlin and Opera Now in London. He was president of the Critics’ Circle from 2010 to 2012. He wrote Believing in Opera (Faber, 1996) and edited the Faber Book of Opera. He has served on the General Synod for 24 years.
Haifa Zangana is an Iraqi novelist, artist and activist. Author of four collections of short stories and three novels, including Women on a Journey: Between Baghdad and London and
Dreaming of Baghdad. She has written extensively about the huge toll of the occupation on Iraqi civilians in articles for publications including the Guardian, and in non-fiction books such as City of Widows: An Iraqi Woman’s Account of War and Resistance, War with No End , and The Torturer in the Mirror with Ramsey Clark. As a Painter, she has participated in various European and American surrealist publications and group exhibitions, with one – woman shows in London and Iceland.