Notes on Contributors
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. 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, published by O/R Books. William Bedford’s novel Happiland was shortlisted for the 1990 Guardian Fiction Prize. His poem ‘The Journey’ won the 2014 London Magazine International Poetry Prize. His short stories have appeared in Cōnfingō, The Dalhousie Review, The Daily Telegraph, Encounter, London Magazine, London Review of Books, The Malahat Review, David Almond’s Panurge and Wascana Review.
Sharon Black is originally from Glasgow but now lives in the Cévennes mountains of France. Her poetry has been published widely and she won the Poets and Players competition 2017. She has written two collections: To Know Bedrock (Pindrop Press, 2011) and The Art of Egg (Two Ravens Press, 2015). www.sharonblack.co.uk
Paula Bohince’s poems have appeared in The TLS, The Irish Times, The Poetry Review, New
Statesman, Granta, Poetry London, and elsewhere. She has taught at The Poetry School (London), and I’ve published three collections in the U.S.
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
Hugh Dunkerley grew up in Edinburgh and Bath and now lives in Brighton with his wife and young son. His first full length poetry collection, Hare (Cinnamon Press), came out in 2010. A new collection entitled Kin will be published in 2018. He also writes on literature and environment and his award winning lecture, ‘Some Thoughts on Poetry and Fracking’, was delivered at the 2016 Hay International Festival. He currently runs the MA in Creative Writing at The University of Chichester.
Suzi Feay is a London-based literary journalist with a particular interest in fiction and poetry, writing regularly for The Independent, The Guardian and The Financial Times, among others. A regular reviewer and broadcaster, she has had stories and poems published in The London Magazine, Magma and Poetry Review and has read her work at the South Bank and the Working Men’s College in Camden. She teaches journalism to creative writing students at Brunel University.
Paul Gittins was educated at Exeter College, Oxford where he read English Literature. His first book, a poetry anthology Portraits in Verse was published in 1997 by The Perpetua Press, Oxford. In 2014, Scratching Around, a selection of poems, was published by Editions Illador in English and bilingual English-French editions. Also in 2014, On Track, his biography of his grandfather, railway pioneer in Siam and Canada, was published by River Books. Articles on poetry have been published in Oxford Today magazine. He now lives in Majorca, where he continues to write and give poetry recitals.
Andrew Lambirth is a writer about art who also makes collages and writes poetry. Besides contributing to a range of publications including The Sunday Telegraph, The Guardian, The
Art Newspaper and RA Magazine, he was art critic of 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, William Gear and Brian Rice. He is currently researching a big book on John Nash, and he lives in Wiltshire surrounded by pictures.
André van Loon is a writer and literary critic. His fiction has appeared in Litro, The London Magazine, The View From Here, Crème de la Crème: The Best of CSYS Creative Writing 1991-2001 (Canongate: 2001) and Unthology 8 (Unthank Books: 2016). He writes about new fiction and Russian literature, history and music for publications including The Spectator, Cambridge Quarterly, The Tablet, The Berlin Review of Books and Review 31. He lives in London.
Thirty-three of Jeffrey Meyers’s books have been translated into fourteen languages and seven alphabets, and published on six continents. He’s 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.
Stanley Moss’s Almost Complete Poems was published by Carcanet in 2017. A new book, Abandoned Poems, will be published in the Autumn, 2018, distributed in the U.K. by Turnaround Ltd. and worldwide by Penguin Random House.
Hilary O’Sullivan lives in West Sussex and re-discovered creative writing five years ago, studying with James Simpson and Unicorn Writers. She is currently working on her first poetry collection, a collection of short stories and the beginings of a novel. When she’s not writing she makes her living as a research consultant and by running a B&B. Simon Perchik is a former contributor to The London Magazine. His poetry has also appeared in Partisan Review, The Nation, The New Yorker and elsewhere.
Emily Priest is a freelance writer, poet and performer on the sunny South Coast of England. She describes herself as someone who ‘has her fingers in all of the pies’ with experiences in journalism, radio, graphic design and social media marketing. Emily has worked with national and local names from ITV, The British Red Cross and the NHS to Strong Island, Tricorn Books and Unity 101. Currently, she works for Star and Crescent, an independent hyperlocal in Portsmouth, and seeks to develop her Japan-inspired travel writing in the future.
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).
Peter Slater is an English teacher, living in London. He has published numerous short stories and poems in literary journals in the U.K., U.S and Australia. He was a recent prizewinner in The London Magazine essay competition. Currently, he is working on a memoir based on his time spent in the Queensland rainforest.
Will Stone is a poet, essayist and literary translator. His first poetry collection Glaciation (Salt, 2007), won the international Glen Dimplex Award for poetry in 2008. A second collection Drawing in Ash appeared in May 2011 (Salt Publishing). Shearsman Books published a third collection The Sleepwalkers in April 2016. Will’s poetry translations include To the Silenced - Selected Poems of Georg Trakl (Arc, 2005) Emile Verhaeren Poems (Arc, 2013) and Georges Rodenbach Poems (Arc, 2017). Pushkin Press published his translation of Montaigne by Stefan Zweig in 2015 and Messages from a Lost World – Europe on the Brink by Stefan Zweig in January 2016. Pushkin will publish Encounters and Destinies – A Farewell to Europe by Stefan Zweig in 2018 and Rome, Florence, Venice by Georg Simmel will also appear in 2018. Hesperus Press will publish Friedrich Hölderlin: Life Poetry and Madness by Wilhelm Waiblinger in 2018. Surrender to Night - Collected Poems of Georg Trakl will be published by Pushkin in 2019, along with new editions of Journeys by Stefan Zweig (2010), Rilke in Paris by Maurice Betz (2011) and On the End of the World by Joseph Roth (2013).
Will contributes essays/reviews on literature and art to a range of publications including The London Magazine, The Times Literary Supplement, Apollo Magazine, the RA Magazine, The White Review, Modern Poetry in Translation, Poetry Review, and Agenda.
Nicholas Summerfield has previously written on the contemporary novel for The London Magazine and on Anthony Burgess for Dream Catcher. He has also contributed film reviews to Shock Horror magazine.
Róisín Tierney is an Irish poet who taught for several years in Spain (Valladolid and Granada). Her pamphlet, Dream Endings (Rack Press) won the 2012 Michael Marks Pamphlet Award. A more recent pamphlet Five Poems is published by Clutag Press. She featured as one of Ireland’s ‘Rising Poets’ in Poetry Ireland Review #118 in the spring of this year. Her debut collection, The Spanish-Italian Border is published by Arc.
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.