Raymond Antrobus is a poet, performer and hearing aid user, born and bred in East London, Hackney. His poems have been published in magazines and literary journals such as The Rialto, Magma Poetry, Oxford Diaspora’s Programme, British Council Literature, Shooter Literary Journal, The Missing Slate, Morning Star, Media Diversified and forthcoming in Wasafiri and University Of Arkansas Press. Raymond has read and performed his poetry at festivals (Glastonbury, Latitude, Bestival etc) to universities (Oxford, Goldsmiths, Warwick etc). He has also read internationally (South Africa, Kenya, North America, Sweden, Italy, Germany, Switzerland etc). Raymond is co-curator of popular London poetry events Chill Pill (Soho Theatre and The Albany) and Keats House Poets. Raymond’s work has appeared on BBC Radio 4, The Big Issue, The Guardian and at TedxEastEnd. Sky Arts and Ideas Tap listed Raymond in the top 20 promising young artists in the UK. His pamphlet is published by Burning Eye Books.
He is currently one of six poet Laureates for London. Raymond completed his Writer/Teacher MA at Goldsmith’s University with a distinction. http://www.raymondantrobus.com/
Leonardo Boix was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1975, and since 1997 has lived in London and Deal, Kent. He read Latin American Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London, where he also gained an MA in Latin American Literature and Culture. He has recently studied at The Poetry School, in London, with Tamar Yoseloff, Roddy Lumsden and Clare Pollard. As a journalist, Boix has published in The Guardian, The Morning Star, The Miami Herald, as well as being the correspondent for major Latin American journals and newspapers including Revista Proceso (Mexico), Diario Perfil (Argentina), and El Telégrafo (Ecuador). Boix is a founding member of SLAP (Spanish and Latin American Poets and Writers in the UK), and as part of this group he has read publicly on many occasions, including at the Poetry Cafe, Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA), Unison, and Rich Mix. In 2014, Boix organised the first Deal Poetry Festival (Poesía en la Playa), with readings in Spanish and English. In 2015 he published his first collection Un lugar propio (Letras del Sur, Bs. As.), following in 2016 by Mar de noche (Letras del Sur, Bs As). His work was featured in the pamphlet edited by Yoseloff at the Poetry School (All that is Unsaid, 2015), as well as in the literary journals Minor literature [s], Azahar Literario, The Morning Star poetry column and IS&T. He is currently working on a collection of poems based on the work of the Dutch artist Hieronymus Bosch.
Natacha Bryan is a writer, poet and emerging performance maker. She was born in 1981 and grew up in south London with her Jamaican grandparents. Her pamphlet collection, If I Talked Everything My Eyes Saw, won the 2014 Pighog and Poetry School pamphlet competition and will be published by Gatehouse Press in autumn 2016. Ritual is one of the modalities Natacha uses to process her life experiences and has become an important of her art making practice, as a result she has come to view her work as offerings and honourings. In 2015 Natacha created Nine Night, an immersive piece of ritual theatre which featured as part of The Yard’s experimental theatre festival. Natacha has recently collaborated with theatre maker Ranji Shah to create the performance Song, as part of the 2016 Independent Dance, What Remains performance art festival. She enjoys listening to composer Christian Scott and the breathy sound of the word atrophy. Her work has been published in Ambit, Iota, Lighthouse Journal and Sable amongst other titles. She is currently developing Chamada, a performance inspired by a ritual that takes place within a game of Capoeira Angola.
Victoria-Anne Bulley is a British-born Ghanaian poet and writer. She is a former member of the Barbican Young Poets, and has received commissions from venues including the Royal Academy of Arts, the Free Word Centre and the Southbank Centre. Presently an assistant facilitator for the Barbican Junior Poets programme, she is also producing a poetry translation and film project which centres on female poets of African descent and their elders. She was shortlisted for the Brunel University African Poetry Prize 2016.
Will Harris was born in London, of mixed Anglo-Indonesian heritage, and studied at the universities of Oxford and St Andrews. He has worked in schools and as a tutor, co-edits the small press 13 Pages and organises The Poetry Inquisition, a night of poetry held to account. He is also the founder of the So Shu Network, a website specialising in cultural and political commentary from a mixed (or otherwise slant) perspective. His poems and essays have been published in the Rialto, the Manchester Review and Oxford Poetry, amongst other places. https://willjharris.wordpress.com/
Ian Humphreys has worked as a copywriter and creative director in London, Hong Kong and Sydney. He moved to West Yorkshire in 2012, where he began writing poetry and prose. Ian’s work has been widely published in magazines including Ambit, Butcher’s Dog, Ink Sweat & Tears, Poetry News and Prole, and has featured in anthologies in the UK and overseas. He won the Hamish Canham Prize 2016, the PENfro Poetry Competition 2013, and has been shortlisted three times for the Bridport Prize. Ian holds a Creative Writing MA from MMU. He is working towards his first collection.
Momtaza Mehri is a poet currently in conversation with biomedicine, inheritance and her particular brand of transnational baggage. Her work has been featured and is forthcoming in Puerto Del Sol, ElsewhereLit, Bone Banquet, Poetry International and Sukoon, amongst others. She co-edits the digital space Diaspora Drama and has been shortlisted for the 2016 Brunel African Poetry Prize and Plough Prize. Her heart yawns in three continents, London being its current owner.
Yomi can be humorous, loving, self-reflective and, at times, uncomfortable. Over the past nine years, Yomi has had work commissioned by The Mayor’s Office, BBC World Service/BBC Africa, Channel4, various charities and recently presented a poem at the UN Humanitarian Summit. In 2014, he won a place on Nimble Fish’s RE: Play programme to begin developing his one-man show COAT. The scratch of COAT has since been programmed in festivals held by Southbank Centre and the Roundhouse to sold out audiences. In September 2016, Yomi will be traveling to New York as part of British Council’s Shakespeare Lives initiative to read his work at the New York Pubic Library. As part of this initiative, he will also facilitate workshops in schools as well as reading at various poetry organisations. Outside of his creative practice, Yomi has spent the past 15 years working with at-risk young people and their families teaching in schools, providing crisis mediation, and facilitating workshops on gangs, sexual health and drugs awareness. He is also the founder of popular blog The Daddy Diaries, a website dedicated to giving fathers/Guardians the opportunity to share their stories and build a support system with other fathers/Guardians.
Originally from the Midlands, Degna Stone is a poet and producer based in Gateshead. She is co-founder and Managing Editor of Butcher’s Dog poetry magazine and is currently Assistant Editor at The Rialto. She received a Northern Writers’ Award in 2015 and holds an MA in Creative Writing from Newcastle University.
Jennifer Lee Tsai
Jennifer Lee Tsai is a British poet of Chinese heritage. She grew up in Liverpool and completed an MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) with Distinction from the Centre for New Writing at the University of Manchester in 2015. Jennifer graduated from the University of St Andrews with an undergraduate degree in English Language and Literature. She holds an MA in English Literature from the University of Liverpool. She is an experienced English Language tutor and has taught English Language in many different contexts in both further and higher education settings. Additionally, Jennifer works as a freelance writer and delivers creative writing workshops in the community. Besides poetry, her other great love is music. She plays the piano, and also writes songs in collaboration with other musicians. Currently, she is training as a yoga teacher.