I’m delighted to be facilitating a third iteration of Desert Island Poets with yet another fantastic line-up.   Each poet will read a poem by a contemporary poet and then one of their own which was inspired by this poet/poem.   They will explore the connections between the two poems before being cast away on the island with their choices… This event is a great way to discover and enjoy the riches that the world of contemporary poetry has to offer us.   If you’d like to come along, contact me on the e-mail address on the poster below and I will put you on the guest list.

Poster designed by Jane Wilkinson


Sara Levy is a Welsh-born poet and Newcastle University/Poetry School MA graduate. She lives in North London and works as a proofreader and copy editor, focussing on poetry journals and manuscripts. Her poems have been placed in the Oxford Brookes International, Ver, Ware, York and E.H.P. Barnard Prize competitions, and have been published in Magma, The Moth, Poetry News, Spelt, The Alchemy Spoon and several anthologies. Her debut pamphlet, ‘Some Houses Are Built Without Walls’ came out with Clayhanger Press in Winter 2021.



Julia Webb is a writer and artist based in Norwich. She teaches online poetry courses, mentors poets, and is a poetry editor for Lighthouse — a journal for new writing. In 2010 she won the Poetry Society’s stanza competition and in 2018 she won the Battered moons poetry competition. She has had two poems highly commended in the Forward Prize for Poetry (2016 and 2022). Her third collection The Telling was published by Nine Arches Press in May 2022.

John Glenday is the author of four collections. The Apple Ghost (Peterloo Poets 1989) won a Scottish Arts Council Book Award and Undark, (Peterloo Poets 1995) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Grain (Picador, 2009) was also a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and shortlisted for both the Ted Hughes Award and the Griffin Poetry Prize. The Golden Mean (Picador 2015) was shortlisted for the Saltire Scottish Poetry Book of the Year and won the 2015 Roehampton Poetry Prize.
His most recent publications are a limited edition artbook in collaboration with Maria Isakova Bennett, mira, (Coast to Coast to Coast 2019), a pamphlet, The Firth (Mariscat Press 2020) and his Selected Poems which came out with Picador in 2020.

Fiona Larkin’s second pamphlet, Vital Capacity, was published by Broken Sleep Books in 2022. Her debut, A Dovetail of Breath, appeared with Rack Press in 2020. Her poem ‘Rope of Sand’ was highly commended in the Forward Prizes 2019. She was born in London to Irish parents, and completed an MA in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway in 2017. Recent poems can be found in The London Magazine, Shearsman, Tentacular and the Hippocrates anthology, Storm Brain. She manages innovative projects with Corrupted Poetry, who are very shortly to publish their first anthology, Living With Other People
and tweets @fionalarkin

Maura Dooley’s most recent book (with Elhum Shakerifar) is a translation of verse by the Iranian poet Azita Ghahreman, Negative of a Group Photograph. (Bloodaxe). Her own last published collection was The Silvering (Bloodaxe) and a new collection, Five Fifty-Five, will come out next Spring. She teaches at Goldsmiths, University of London and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.




Sarah Mnatzaganian is an Anglo Armenian poet based in Ely. Her debut pamphlet, Lemonade in the Armenian Quarter (Against the Grain Poetry Press) won the Saboteur Best Poetry Pamphlet Award 2022. Other poems have appeared in The North, The Rialto, Poetry News, Poetry Wales, Poetry Ireland Review, Magma, Pennine Platform, London Grip, Atrium and several anthologies. She won the Spelt nature poetry competition in 2021.



Martin Figura was (some time ago now) described in a hospital referral letter (bad back) as ‘a pleasant 58 year old gentleman’. His collection and show Whistle were shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award and won the 2013 Saboteur Award for Best Spoken Word Show. Shed (Gatehouse Press) and Dr Zeeman’s Catastrophe Machine (Cinnamon Press) were both published in 2016.  
During the first lockdown he began the monthly Zoom event Live From The Butchery with Helen Ivory and Kate Birch, it won the Best Spoken Word Night Saboteur Award.
In 2021 he was Salisbury NHS Writer in Residence; with a pamphlet My Name is Mercy from Fair Acre Press. Some of this work has been filmed with Olivia Coleman and published in the Guardian. A second pamphlet Fair Acre Press Sixteen Sonnets for Care from a commission for Social Care charities is to be published in October.
His next collection is due out with Cinnamon Press in 2024. He lives in Norwich with Helen Ivory and sciatica.
He’s performed his work all over the place from Diss to New York to New Delhi and on BBC 1 Breakfast one time.

Joanna Ingham lives in Suffolk and writes poetry and fiction. Her pamphlets are Ovarium (The Emma Press, 2022) and Naming Bones (ignitionpress, 2019). She won the Paper Swans Press Single Poem Competition and was commended in the Café Writers Open Poetry Competition, both in 2020. Her first full collection was shortlisted in Live Canon’s 2021 Collection Competition. Joanna is the recipient of a Developing Your Creative Practice Grant from Arts Council England. For fiction, she is represented by Hardman & Swainson.



Alexandra Corrin-Tachibana has an MA in Writing Poetry from Newcastle University and an MA in Japanese Language and Culture from Sheffield University. She lives in Newcastle and is module leader for the International Foundation programme in Humanities and Social Science at Newcastle University. In the last year, she was published in The North, The Moth, Poetry Wales, Fenland Poetry Journal, The Frogmore Papers, Tears in the Fence, The Alchemy Spoon, Obsessed with Pipework and The Cannon’s Mouth. Online her work can be found in Anthropocene, The High Window and London Grip.
She came third in the 2020 Oxford Brookes International Poetry competition and in the 2020 ‘To Sonnet or Not’ competition. In 2021 she was shortlisted for Winchester and Troubadour prizes and this year she had two poems shortlisted by Billy Collins for the Fish Prize. She read at the 2021 Aldeburgh and Winchester Poetry festivals, alongside poets Wendy Cope and Jacqui Saphra, as well as at the Oxford Think Human festival, earlier this year, with Mary Jean Chan. Her debut collection, Sing me down from the dark, is forthcoming with SALT in October 2022.