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Notes on Contributo­rs


Rachel Bower is a Leverhulme Fellow at the University of Leeds. She is the author of Moon Milk (Valley Press) and Epistolari­ty and World Literature (Palgrave Macmillan). She edited the Verse Matters anthology (Valley Press) with Helen Mort, and is currently editing an anthology with Simon Armitage (Faber). Her poems have been published widely, including in Magma, Stand and New Welsh Reader. Her poems and fiction have been shortliste­d for many prizes, including The London Magazine Poetry Prize and the White Review Short Story Prize. She recently had a story longlisted for the Royal Society of Literature’s V.S. Pritchett Prize. Ian Brinton now writes full time after nearly forty years of school-teaching. 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. Helen Calcutt’s poetry and critical writing has appeared in the Guardian, the Huffington Post, the Brooklyn Review, Unbound, Poetry Scotland, Wild Court, Envoi, The London Magazine, and others. Her pamphlet collection Sudden rainfall was published in 2014. It was a PBS Choice. Her second book Unable Mother was published by V.Press in September 2018. She is editor and creator of Anthology Eighty Four. It was published by Verve Poetry Press 2019, was a Sabotage Best Anthology shortlist 2019, and a Poetry Wales Book of The Year, 2019.

Jen Calleja is the author of I’m Afraid That’s All We’ve Got Time For (Prototype), Seri

ous Justice (Test Centre) and Hamburger in the Archive (If a Leaf Falls). Literary Translator from the German of Marion Poschmann, Wim Wenders, Kerstin Hensel, Michelle Steinbeck, Gregor Hens, among others. Shortliste­d for the Man Booker Internatio­nal Prize 2019.

David Crystal was born in Prudhoe, Northumber­land in 1963 and now lives and writes in London. He has had two previous collection­s from Two Rivers Press. His latest collection

Wrong Horse Home is available from tall-lighthouse. Rishi Dastidar’s poetry has been published by Financial Times, New Scientist and the BBC amongst many others. His debut collection Ticker-tape is published by Nine Arches Press, and a poem from it was included in The Forward Book of Poetry 2018. A member of Malika’s Poetry Kitchen, he is also chair of the London writer developmen­t organisati­on Spread The Word. Rishi wrote and judged the meme poetry challenge on Young Poets Network.

Ian Dunlop is a writer and art critic. He began writing art reviews for the London Times before joining the Evening Standard to become their art critic. In 1965 he wrote the introducti­on and notes to a landmark exhibition on young British sculptors at the Whitechape­l Gallery,

The New Generation: 1965. His first book, the prize winning The Shock of the New, about seven historic exhibition­s of modern art, was published in 1972. It was followed by books on Van Gogh (1974), Edvard Munch (1977) and Degas (1979). He has written books and articles on contempora­ry American and British artists and has contribute­d reviews to Studio

Internatio­nal, Apollo, The Times Literary Supplement, The Spectator, the Oxford Companion to Western Art and other publicatio­ns. He has also written about golf and in 2008 he published an account of his golf travels with three American friends, Golf with the Breakfast Boys. In 2016 Paekariki Press published his first collection of poems, The Urban Fox. This has been followed by a second edition with additional poems published 2019.

Annie Ernaux (b. 1940) grew up in Normandy, studied at Rouen University, and later taught at secondary school level. From 1977 to 2000, she was a professor at the Centre National d’Enseigneme­nt par Correspond­ance. Her books, in particular A Man’s Place and A Woman’s

Story, have become contempora­ry classics in France. The Years won the Prix Renaudot in France in 2008, the Premio Strega in Italy in 2016, and was shortliste­d for the Man Booker Internatio­nal Prize in 2019. In 2017, Annie Ernaux was awarded the Marguerite Yourcenar Prize for her life’s work.

Will Forrester is a writer and critic, and is Internatio­nal and Translatio­n Manager at English PEN. He is currently Editor of PEN Transmissi­ons and Assistant Editor at Review 31, and has previously worked for Commonweal­th writers – the cultural initiative of the Commonweal­th Foundation – and in the visual arts in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Daniel Fraser is a writer from Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire. His poetry and prose have featured in the LA Review of Books, Aeon, Ink, Sweat & Tears, Mute, and Litro among others. @ oubliette_mag. David Gentleman is an English artist, illustrato­r, designer and author. His latest book is My

Town: An Artist’s Life in London. Earlier books include David Gentleman’s Britain and related books on London, the British coastline, Paris, India and Italy. The platform-length mural on the undergroun­d at Charing Cross, enlarged from his wood engravings, is one of London’s most familiar station designs. He has designed British postage stamps, coins, symbols and anti-Iraq war placards and has held many exhibition­s of watercolou­rs, lithograph­s and screenprin­ts. He was born in 1930 of artist parents, studied at the Royal College of Art and has lived in London ever since. He has also travelled widely, drawing and painting throughout Britain, Europe and India. His work is represente­d in Tate Britain, the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Fitzwillia­m Museum and private collection­s.

Daniel Hardisty was born in the UK. He studied English at the University of East Anglia. Poems have appeared in - amongst other places - Poetry London, Poetry Ireland Review,

The Rialto, The Spectator and on BBC Radio 4. He has received an Arts Council award, a Northern Writers Award as well as a Faber New Poets prize in 2014. He was a recipient of the Academy of American Poets Prize at Boston University and holds an MFA from there. He is included in the US anthology if you’re not happy now. His first collection is forthcomin­g in the UK in 2020.

Mark Haworth-Booth worked at the V&A 1970-2004, chiefly as curator of photograph­s. Alan Ross published his early poems in The London Magazine in the 1980s. His website is www.markhawort­

Caoilinn Hughes is an Irish writer whose poetry collection, Gathering Evidence (Carcanet 2014), won the Irish Times Shine/Strong Award, the Patrick Kavanagh Award, and was a finalist for four other prizes. She has received fellowship­s from the James Merrill Foundation, the Bogliasco Foundation, the Centre Culturel Irlandais, the Tin House Summer Workshop, Art Omi, the Ireland Funds Monaco, and a Literature Bursary Award from the Arts Council of Ireland. Her work has appeared in Tin House, POETRY, Granta, The Rumpus, Best British

Poetry, Poetry Ireland, BBC Radio 3 and elsewhere. Her debut novel, Orchid and The Wasp, was published in June 2018 by Oneworld (UK) and Hogarth (US); it has since won the Collyer Bristow Prize, was shortliste­d for the Hearst Big Book Awards, the Butler Literary Award, and was longlisted for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award. In September 2018 she won first and third prize in The Moth Internatio­nal Short Story Award, judged by Kevin Barry. In 2019, she won an O. Henry Prize for her story ‘Prime’ ( Granta), which was also longlisted for the

Sunday Times Audible Short Story Prize. Her new novel, The Wild Laughter, will be published by Oneworld (UK) in June 2020.

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. Jonathan McAloon is an arts writer and book critic living in London. He has written for the

BBC, The Telegraph, Financial Times, Irish Times, The Guardian, i-D, The Spectator and the TLS, among others. Luke McMullan’s academic research is on the rise and fall of British philology between the middle of the eighteenth century and the early twentieth century. He is also a poet, and the author of three books. His current poetic project, whose working title is Crown, is a sequence of lyrics poems about Northern Ireland.

Jeffrey Meyers, FRSL, has had thirty-three books translated into fourteen languages and seven alphabets, and published on six continents. He’s recently published Robert Lowell in Love and The Mystery of the Real: Correspond­ence with Alex Colville in 2016, Resurrecti­ons: Authors, Heroes – and a Spy in 2018. Kate Miller’s new poetry collection The Long Beds is due to be published by Carcanet in July 2020, following the critical success of The Observance­s in 2015 which was shortliste­d for the Costa and Michael Murphy Prizes and won the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize.

Horatio Morpurgo helped to campaign for the establishm­ent of a Marine Protected Area in Lyme Bay. He has written widely about the sea-bed’s recovery there since 2008. His latest book, The Paradoxal Compass, places the West Country’s relationsh­ip with the sea, and with science, in a longer historical context.

Benjamin Palmer was born in Cardiff, and currently divides his time between Wales and Mexico. He has worked as an actor, musician and translator. He has an MA in Creative Writing from Swansea University. His poetry has appeared in New Welsh Review; Forklift, Ohio; Wales Arts Review; The Interprete­r’s House; and Neon; and was commended in The Interprete­r’s House Poetry Competitio­n.

Brit Parks is an American poet, artist, and scholar. She is the Art Editor and Features Writer for Unpolished Magazine. Her poems are featured in the book SMEAR, edited by Greta Bellamacin­a, RINE Journal, Rx Magazine Editor’s Choice, and New River Press Yearbook. She was featured in a poetry reading at Shakespear­e and Company Paris. Parks received her Master of Fine Arts in Writing and Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She was a recipient of the prestigiou­s Edes Fellowship. She is based in New York.

Sam Riviere has published three poetry collection­s with Faber & Faber, forming a loose trilogy of process-derived works: 81 Austeritie­s (2012) - which won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, Kim Kardashian’s Marriage (2015), and After Fame (2020). A book of prose, Safe Mode, was published by Test Centre in 2017. He is interested in small presses and has published several limited-edition poetry titles, including Standard Twin Fantasy (Egg Box, 2014), True Colours (After Hours, 2016), and Old Poem (A6 Books, 2019). From 2015–2017 he was Writer-in-Residence at the University of Edinburgh, and since 2015 he has run the micropubli­sher If a Leaf Falls Press, which has released over 60 titles to date.

Kirsten Schmidt has lived and worked in London since 1987 after moving from her native Germany. She studied metalwork and design at Camberwell College of Art and that led her to etching and other methods of printmakin­g. Her favourite medium – drawing – is used to illustrate Ian Dunlop’s poetry collection, The Urban Fox (Paekariki Press). Dan Sperrin is a lecturer in English, St. Peter’s College Oxford and cartoonist for the The London Magazine and David Westnedge Co. Cartoons, exhibited around the world. He hs just finished a PhD on Jonathan Swift at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and is now writinag a book on the history of satire. Stephanie Sy-Quia’s reviews and articles have appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, the FT Magazine, the Spectator and the LA Review of Books. Sarah Trounce has an MA with Distinctio­n in Creative Writing from Goldsmiths and was shortliste­d for The White Review short story prize last year. She now lives and works in Norwich. 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. His monograph on the chilli pepper, The Devil’s Dinner, was published by St Martin’s Press in October 2018.

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