DESERT ISLAND POETS — BIOGRAPHIES
Simon Maddrell was born in the Isle of Man and raised in Bolton. After twenty years in London, he moved to Brighton & Hove in 2020. Simon writes as a queer Manx man, thriving with HIV. He has been published in thirteen anthologies and numerous publications including AMBIT, Butcher’s Dog, Stand, The New European, Morning Star, Brittle Star, Perverse and Dawntreader. Simon’s debut chapbook, Throatbone, was published by UnCollected Press in July 2020. Queerfella jointly won The Rialto Open Pamphlet Competition, 2020. In January 2022, Nine Pens Press published All About Our Mothers, an anthology with Vasiliki Albedo and Mary Mulholland.
Jane Clarke is the author of two poetry collections, The River and When the Tree Falls (Bloodaxe Books 2015 & 2019), and an illustrated chapbook, All the Way Home, (Smith|Doorstop 2019). She lives in Glenmalure, Co. Wicklow and is currently completing her third collection. www.janeclarkepoetry.ie
Jennifer Wong was born and grew up in Hong Kong and is the author of several collections including Goldfish (Chameleon Press) and a pamphlet, Diary of a Miu Miu Salesgirl (Bitter Melon Poetry 2019). Her latest collection, 回家 Letters Home (Nine Arches Press 2020) — which explores the complexities of history, migration and translation — has been named the PBS Wild Card Choice by Poetry Book Society. She studied at University College, Oxford and completed a creative writing PhD from Oxford Brookes University. She has taught creative writing at Poetry School, Oxford Brookes and City Lit. Her poems, reviews and poetry translations have appeared in Wasafiri, World Literature Today, Oxford Poetry, Oxford Review of Books, Poetry Birmingham Literary Journal, The Rialto, Magma Poetry, Poetry Review, Poetry London, PN Review, Asian Review of Books and others. In 2020, she founded an online poetry reading series called What We Read Now, featuring reading and conversations with international emerging and established poets. She was the writer-in-residence at Wasafiri in 2021, and a visiting fellow at Oxford TORCH this year.
Chaucer Cameron is a poet and the author of In an Ideal world I’d Not Be Murdered (Against The Grain 2021). She has been published in journals, magazines, including: Under the Radar, Poetry Salzburg, The North and Tears in the Fence, and was shortlisted for Live Canon 2021 International Poetry Competition for Single Poem. Chaucer is creator of Wild Whispers an international poetry film project, and regularly curates and presents poetry film at events and festivals. She is co-editor of the online magazine Poetry Film Live.
Twitter Chaucer @ChaucerCameron
Jane Wilkinson currently lives in Norwich. She won the Poetry Society’s Hamish Canham Prize 2021, received 1st and 2nd place in Guernsey International Poetry Prize; 1st in the Strokestown International Poetry Prize and Norfolk Prize Café Writers competition in 2020. She won the Against the Grain competition (2019) was shortlisted in Alpine Fellowship Prize 2019 and had been placed in a number of other competitions and is published in magazines including Magma, The Alchemy Spoon, Ink Sweat & Tears, Envoi, Finished Creatures, Lighthouse Journal, and anthologies with Emma Press, Live Canon and Dempsey & Windle.
Fawzia Muradali Kane is an architect and poet. They were born in San Fernando, Trinidad & Tobago, and now live and practice in London.
Their debut poetry collection Tantie Diablesse (Waterloo Press 2011) was a finalist in the poetry section for the Bocas Lit Fest prize. In 2014, Thamesis Publications produced their long sequence Houses of the Dead as an illustrated pamphlet. They are now preparing her second collection of poetry provisionally titled Guaracara, and their current work-in-progress is a long sequence dreamscript Songs of Sycorax.
Paul Stephenson studied modern languages and linguistics. He has published three pamphlets: Those People (Smith/Doorstop, 2015), which won the Poetry Business pamphlet competition; The Days that Followed Paris (HappenStance, 2016), written after the November 2015 terrorist attacks; and Selfie with Waterlilies (Paper Swans Press, 2017). In 2013/14 he took part in the Jerwood/Arvon mentoring scheme and the Aldeburgh Eight, before completing an MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) with the Manchester Writing School. In 2018 he co-edited the ‘Europe’ issue of Magma (70) and currently co-curates Poetry in Aldeburgh. He lives between Cambridge and Brussels. Website www.paulstep.com twitter: @stephenson_pj / instagram: paulstep456
Since 2019 Vanessa Lampert has won the Café Writers, Edward Thomas and Sentinel prizes and the Ver prize twice. She has been runner up in the Fish, Yeovil, Oxford Brookes and Kent & Sussex prizes with poems commended in the Bridport, Troubadour, Daily Telegraph and Newcastle prizes and the National Poetry Competition 2020. Vanessa is recently published in Magma, The Moth, The Oxford Times and Poetry Wales. She co-edits ‘The Alchemy Spoon’ runs workshops for Hive, Aldeburgh, and Poetry School. ‘On Long Loan’ is published by Live Canon. Vanessa is an acupuncturist. She is working on her first full collection.
Kostya Tsolakis (he/him) is a London-based poet and journalist, born and raised in Athens, Greece. A Warwick Writing Programme graduate, he is founding editor of harana poetry, the online magazine for poets writing in English as a second or parallel language. In 2019 he won the Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition (ESL category). His poems have been published in Stand, The Tangerine, The Scores, Magma, Under the Radar and Wasafiri, among others. His pamphlet Ephebos is out with ignitionpress.
Sue Burge is a poet, freelance creative writing tutor, mentor and editor based in North Norfolk. Her poems appears in a range of publications including The North, Mslexia, Magma, Under the Radar, Strix, Tears in the Fence, The Interpreter’s House, The Ekphrastic Review, Lighthouse and Poetry News as well as in themed anthologies on science fiction, modern Gothic, illness, Britishness, endangered birds, WWI and the pandemic. Sue’s four poetry collections are: In the Kingdom of Shadows (Live Canon 2018), Lumière (Hedgehog Poetry Press 2018), The Saltwater Diaries (Hedgehog Poetry Press 2020) and Confetti Dancers (Live Canon 2021). She is currently working on a new collection which explores the alter ego she left in Paris three decades ago.
Sue is delighted and honoured that the brilliant arts organisation Home Stage have created a one-hour documentary about her latest collection, Confetti Dancers, and its cinematic inspiration. Go here for more information: the recording of the event is still available