Who have been inspired by Dickens (A to F)
CHARLOTTE ANSELL (CUXTON)
'The best and worst of us'
Charlotte's third collection Deluge was a 2019 PBS recommendation. Her work has appeared in Poetry Review, Mslexia, Butcher’s Dog, Prole, various anthologies; (e.g. ‘These are the hands’) and placed in a number of competitions. Charlotte is the recipient of a RSL Award 2020 and a member of Malika’s Poetry Kitchen.
Facebook: Charlotte Ansell
LISETTE AUTON (DARLINGTON)
‘A Fifth of Times’
Lisette Auton does stuff with words: disabled writer, activist and creative practitioner. Award-winning poet; 2019 Early Careers Fellow for Literature at Cove Park; TSS Publishing list of Best British & Irish Flash Fiction. Debut novel ‘The Secret of Haven Point’, Penguin, publishes February 2022. Currently focused on ‘Writing the Missing’.
(Photo by Paper Boat Photography)
BOB BEAGRIE (TEESSIDE)
'Our Beautiful Barricade'
Bob Beagrie is a poet, playwright and senior lecturer in creative writing at Teesside University. He has performed at numerous festivals and venues nationally and internationally
TRACEY LOUISE BRUNNING (ELLAND)
Is based in Elland
She was born in Halifax a number of years ago. She has been a regular on the live poetry scene in the north, including Poetry At The Parsonage in Haworth prior to the first lockdown.
LISA BURNS (SOUTH SHIELDS)
In 2019, Lisa's short play 'Coelurosauravus' was selected as part of the Sunderland Stages project and was performed at the Museum Pieces showcase. In 2018 and 2019, Lisa was shortlisted for the Crossing the Tees short story competition and is a long standing member of Holmeside Writers in Sunderland.
MATT CHAMBERLAIN (CHATHAM)
'Hope's spring this winter'
Matt Chamberlain from Wigan, now resides in Medway. A poet who has published seven titles. His most recent book, I remember the Green Gaze, seeks out nature and landscape as an antidote to a
(Photo by Chris Tong Photography)
JOHN COGAN (HETTON LE HOLE)
Born Leeds (Yorkshire) before the end of sweet rationing. Teacher. Retired on health grounds. Photographer/writer (or writer/photographer)… Associate of Royal Photographic Society. Waiting for my biography of photographer Ian Berry to be published. Lived in North East since 1990.
MARK CONNORS (KEIGHLEY)
‘It was the worst of times, it was the best of times’
Mark Connors is a poet and novelist from Leeds. His poetry pamphlet, Life is a Long Song was published by OWF Press in 2015. His first collection, Nothing is Meant to be Broken was published by Stairwell Books in 2017. His second collection, Optics, was published by YAFFLE in 2019.
ZACK DAVIES (HARTLEY)
'It Is What It Is And It Was What It Was'
Zack Davies is a poet based in rural Kent who escapes to Medway to perform. His latest book, “The Inexorable Progression”, has fallen slightly foul of Covid. While still awaiting an official launch, it is available via his website. Previous release “The Shadow Cabinet” is available on Amazon.
KYM DEYN (NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE)
'Amanita Muscaria, or, It Is Easier to Be a Cryptid Than a Girl'
Kym Deyn is a poet, playwright and fortune teller currently studying for a Creative Writing MA at Newcastle University. Their work has appeared in magazines and anthologies including Neon
and Butcher’s Dog. They are one of the winners of the 2020 Outspoken Prize for poetry.
SARAH L DIXON (HUDDERSFIELD)
'Bull Smurfs, Fish Bums, And Zentangles'
Sarah L Dixon lives in Linthwaite, Huddersfield. Sarah’s inspiration comes from being in and by water and adventures with her son, Frank. Sarah misses pubs and poetry adventures in other cities and seeing the sea.
CLAIR DICKER (SUNDERLAND)
'Bring it back'
Clair grew up in the north and moved to London at 19. Her work focuses on everyday people, behaviour and perception, while nodding to her old rock n roll days and the darkest funny.
She now lives by the sea with her husband, two energetic sons and two lazy cats.
ANGELA DYE (FAVERSHAM)
'Zest for life'
Angela Dye: purveyor of stories, poems, reviews, articles, films, and all kinds of wordy things. She is a digital editor, podcast creator, and conjures lots of community and literary events into being. Also a mature student and busy mother, she can be found in the wilds of Faversham.
DAVID DYKES (GILLINGHAM)
'Like lip sores tarmac blisters in the rain'
David Dykes is an Essex born poet dislocated to the Medway delta. He is interested in writing in and about liminal spaces, the near-paranormal, half-truths and misinformation.
He has been published in Confluence, Scrittura, Thanet Writers and the Ekphrastic review. His first full book is coming this November.
CHARLES EAGER (MODENA)
'Recalled to Life'
Charles Eager is a writer, teacher, and scholar, currently living in Modena, Italy. Previous places of publication include DRANG, The Galway Review, The Society of Classical Poets, EPIZOOTICS!, and others.
SETAREH EBRAHIMI (RAMSGATE)
Setareh Ebrahimi is an Iranian-British poet. She published her first pamphlet, In My Arms, in 2018 and her full-length collection, Galloping Horses, in 2020. Setareh has been published in numerous anthologies and journals, such as Eunoia Review, Confluence and Proletarian Poetry. She obtained her Master’s in English and American Literature from The University of Kent.
LOUISE FAZACKERLEY (WIGAN)
‘tailor it to fit’
With work rooted in word-witchery and the working class, Louise is explores the synergy between poetry and movement in a way that makes the ugly beautiful and the mundane fantastical. Published collections include The Lolitas and The Uniform Factory (Verve Poetry Press) and Bird St. (The Secret Writers Club)
Twitter and Instagram @louisethepoet
BARRY FENTIMAN HALL (CHATHAM)
Barry is one half of Wordsmithery - a literary arts organisation based in Medway. He is a walking writer currently writing a book about the river Medway. His poetry has been published internationally.