Read the interview (1999)
Peter Bakowski's 'In the human night' (Hale & Iremonger) won the 1996 Victorian Premier's Poetry Prize. Brad Evans, editor of the fledgling Red Lamp poetry journal conducted the following interview on one of Peter Bakowski's now famous East coast tours. This interview was first published in Five Bells (Dec 1997), Australian Poetry Magazine. Peter currently holds a poetry fellowship in Paris.
Interpreter, traveler, journalist,
and teacher, surviving activities performed in order to
live and grow by trying to develop what could be defined
as a sensitive conscious personality able to reveal
poetic and artistic possible adaptations for everybody.
Explorations in the field of abstract and conceptual art,
where my commitment on the revision of Eugenio Montale's
collected works, Ezra Pound's Pisan Cantos, and Johann
Wolfgang Goethe's Faust are the most representative.
Translation has played a major role: "swimming
through water" by George Wallace (ed. La Finestra);
"The Notebook of Positano" by Arturo Onofri;
and working at the moment on his majestic visionary
essay: "The new renaissance - as art of the
self"; as well as a number of literary translations
Ben Barton’s poems have appeared in magazines and books worldwide, including Acorn, Isibongo, Masque, Panda, Parameter, Poetry Greece, Roadworks, Sentinel, Scriptor, Time Haiku, The Ugly Tree and X Magazine. He has also featured in the popular BBC show ‘Video Nation’. His self-directed episode was entitled ‘No One Reads Poetry’ and was broadcast in 2004. Since then he has performed on BBC radio and at bookshops and festivals nationwide, including the Canterbury Festival.
His first slim volume ‘The Red Book’ (ISBN 1842941801) brings together selected small-press poems from 1996-2006. Just one month after its release it was number one on Amazon UK’s ‘Hot Books’ poetry chart. He currently works full time as an advertising copywriter.
His website, online since 1998, features information on his books, interviews, videopoems and an archive of work.
: Marilyn Bates, author of Mixed
Blood, is a graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University
and teacher-consultant with the Western Pennsylvania
Writing Project at the University of Pittsburgh. She was
appointed by Sam Hazo, Director of the International
Poetry Forum, as a "Poet in Person" in the
Pittsburgh schools and serves on the Forum's Advisory
Board. Her poetry has been anthologized in And What
Great Beast: Poems at the End of the Century. An
invited reader at the James Wright Poetry Festival, her
work has appeared in The Pennsylvania Review,
Pembroke Magazine, the Palo Alto Review, Plainsongs,
Poets-On, Verve and Iris, with work
forthcoming in SUNY's Via. and The
Paterson Literary Review.
Read the interview (1998)
Marvin Bell was born on August 3, 1937, in New York City. He grew up in Center Moriches on the south shore of eastern Long Island. Educated at Alfred University (B.A.), Syracuse University (graduate journalism, no degree), The University of Chicago (M.A.), and The University of Iowa (M.F.A.), he served in the U.S. Army, 1964-65. In 1965 he was appointed to the faculty of the Writers' Workshop at The University of Iowa, where he was eventually named Flannery O'Connor Professor of Letters. When teaching, he lives in Iowa City, Iowa. Summers, he lives in Port Townsend, Washington, and he returns to eastern Long Island for the winter period between semesters. In addition, Marvin Bell has lived and worked in Rochester and Syracuse, Indianapolis, Santa Fe, Santa Cruz and San Francisco, Seattle, Vermont, Honolulu, Mexico, and Spain. He has traveled also in Canada, Cuba, Nicaragua, Ireland, Australia, Yugoslavia, the Czech Republic, England, Italy, and France. He is married to Dorothy. They have two sons, Nathan and Jason, and two grandchildren, Colman and Aileen.
Jim Bennett lives near Liverpool in the UK and is the author of 63 books, including books for children, books of poetry and many technical titles on transport and examinations.
His poetry collections include;
Drums at New Brighton (Lifestyle 1999)
Down in Liverpool (CD) (Long Neck 2001)
The Man Who Tried to Hug Clouds (Bluechrome 2004 reprinted 2006)
Larkhill (Searle Publishing 2009 reprinted 2010)
He has won many awards for his writing and performance including 3 DADAFest awards. He is also managing editor of www.poetrykit.org one of the worlds most successful internet sites for poets.
Jim taught Creative Writing at the University of Liverpool and now tours throughout the year giving readings and performances of his work.
poetry books by Jim Bennett
Pen Pictures (RCM)
Abercromby Anthology 1 (ed) (Starwood)
Abercromby Anthology 2 (ed) (Starwood)
Waiting For The Bone-yard... (Starwood)
One More For The Bone-yard (Starwood)
Abercromby Anthology 3 (Starwood)
Drums at New Brighton (Lifestyle)
Down in Liverpool (CD) (Long Neck)
The Man Who Tried to Hug Clouds (Bluechrome)
Larkhill (Searle Publishing 2009)
Waiting for the Boneyard
The Green Man of Bidston Moss
Elvis in Liverpool
Made in Liverpool
Never a Crossword
56; A Life in Pieces
A Trip Down Jingling Lane
I am a poet and inspirational
workshop leader. I set up the group Wild Women! 2 years
ago. Made up form women of all ages and backgrounds
living in rural northern england, the group took part in
a series of workshops leading to the compilation of an
anthhology, "Howl at the Moon: Writings by
Wild Women", published through our own
publishing house Wild Women Press. This sold out and we
toured it around the region. Our next book "Hot
Pot of Passion: A Sensual Celebraiton of Food (spells,
poems, recipes)" has sold nationally and
featured in various magazines etc. Within 1 month it had
sold out and gone to reprint. We are completely
independent. We write, publish and market our own work in
a cooperative way. The group now tours live performances
and is working on our 4th title.
Writer, Comic, Poet
07761 277 634
Children’s comic, author and writer of BBC TV's hit kid show "ChuckleVision", Ian Billings has been at the forefront of children’s entertainment and education for over twenty years. 2007 saw the publication of two new children’s books from Macmillan and the premiere of his stand-up comedy literacy show “Talking Pants!” at Edinburgh Festival Fringe – and now he's touring his brand new show - "Ian Billings - Out of His Mind!" to schools and arts centres throughout the UK.
Ian combines the show (a hit at this years Edinburgh Festival Fringe) with writing workshops for KS2.
To find out more about this exciting project or to see Ian in action in a school - call 07761 27 634 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ianbillings.co.uk
email - email@example.com
website - www.johncbird.co.uk
John C Bird's poetry has been widely published in newspapers, magazines and anthologies, and he has had some success in national poetry competitions. A former journalist, he is a published playwright and has written books on topics as diverse as new careers for the over-forties and Britain's treatment of enemy aliens in wartime. He has a PhD in History from London University and often uses historical settings in his creative work.
Born in Poole in 1934 and worked
there for 35 years as a local newspaper reporter.
Freelance broadcaster BBC south and west regions 1959-64.
Poems, reviews and articles published in The Rialto,
South, Doors, Tears in the Fence and About Larkin.
Trustee of Poole Historical Trust. Co-author of two
hardcover books of Poole local history published by the
Trust covering the years 1953-63 and 1964-74. They
contain many of my photographs of Poole in those years.
Designed "South" poetry magazine for its
relaunch. Designed and typeset "About Larkin,"
newsletter of the Philip Larkin Society, from 1999-2001.
Honorary life member of the Philip Larkin Society from
2001. Designed, printed and published several books of
poetry for myself, other poets, and poetry groups in
Winchester and the New Forest.
Jon Bohrn lives in Long Beach, CA
which he considers to be the best place on earth. Maybe
it's the music, the people and the seagulls. Maybe it's
because they let him get away with loitering in
neighborhood coffee shops and bars hoping to incite
poetry readings and getting free drinks.
Poetry Workshop (Society of Civil & Public Service Writers) www.scpsw.co.uk
His work has appeared in many small poetry magazines and anthologies both in the UK and abroad, and have been broadcast on local radio. He has published two collections, The Midnight Circus (Envoi Poets Press 1991) and Trout Rising (FeedARead Publishing 2013). He was one of the founder member of the Trout Poets, and his work featured in their two collections “The Trout…Minus One” (Focus Books 1993) and “Rainbow Trout” (Gothic Garden Press 2003). He edited “The Arcadian” poetry magazine from 1991 until 2007, and is currently editor of “wavelengths”, the magazine of the Poetry Workshop. He lives in Harrow Weald, Middlesex.
IDs future artist of the year. Published in Firepeople and Bittersweet and forthcoming IC3 Bittersweet tour. Run at BAC with The Waltz - a double bill with Toby Jones funded by the Austrian Cultural Insitute. Love Hurts Commissioned by nitro feb 26th. Education coordinator at Apples and Snakes. Interests: Live literature, poetry, theatre
Since 1998 I have been involved withpublishing and editorial services for poets. I am Editor of Voice & Verse magazine and co-judge for Robooth Publications poetry competitions.My own poems have appeared in small press poetry magazines and anthologies. Interests: Small press poetry publications
Author of four collections of poems
The Unwound Clock (Dedalus, Ireland, 1990) History
and Promise (IUP, 1990), Familiar Things
(dedalus, 1993) and The Shape of Water
(Dedalus, 1996). Also author of a collection of stories, Strange
Bedfellows (Salmon, Ireland, 1991) a short fiction
for children and 4 non-fiction books, including The
Portable Creative Writing Workshop (Salmon, 1998).
Currently Writer-in-Residence at Dublin City University.
Janice M. Bostok was born at
Mullumbimby, NSW. Education: schooling at Mullumbimby, BA
from University of Queensland. She has an international
reputation as a haiku poet, editor and judge. She has
been published in many anthologies in Australia, Japan,
the USA, England, Canada, Greece, Poland and Romania. Her
haiku have been translated into eight languages. In the
1970s she edited and published TWEED. Since then she has
edited for HOBO, Paper Wasp, Scope, Yellow Moon, Red Moon
(USA), SideWaLK and Stylus ezine. She co-edited The First
Australian Haiku Anthology on the HaikuOz website. In
2003 Janice is the Secretary for the HaikuOz website.
Sealey St, Thames, New Zealand 3500
Loves New Zealand Poetry . Reads his own poems in cafes and poetry venues in Auckland / Thames / Coromandel / Waikato and other regions of New Zealand over the last 15 years. Wrote 3 chapbooks and has helped edit several localised anthologies of verse .Currently concentrating more on co ordinating poetry groups and ezines on the Internet . Loves tramping and started out on 2- 3hr tramps and now enjoys 2- 3 day tramps in New Zealand . Anything else: Greg collects older firsts and other interesting copies of works by Rudyard Kipling.He has acquired over 180 rare and unusual editions. Grandfather , JW Brimblecombe was a moderately successful New Zealand humour writer who wrote two books "Are you a sport"(AW &AH Reed.1963. NZ & Aus publishers) and 'Shear Nonsense"(AH & AW Reed .1953 .NZ & Aus publishers )JW Brimblecombe also appeared in 2 New Zealand humour anthologies and wrote articles for an agricultural paper called "The Exporter"
First full collection ‘There is Violence in these Vapours’ published by the tall lighthouse in 2007. It follows 'Airport Reading' (the tall lighthouse 2004). Also an audio CD 'Radio Pussycat' available from the author or from Poetry Book Society Soundblast.Regular reader on London scene and further afield. Joint winner Piccadilly Poets 2001, Cellar Slam Champion 2006. Have appeared on BBC London (TV), BBC London (radio), Resonanace FM. Appeared at Austin Poetry Festival, 2003 and 2008, and a two week poetry tour of New York, September 2006. Poems in about two dozen magazines. Also published short stories, articles, travel writing and poetry, film and art appreciation. Exhibition of photographs ‘Simple Gifts’ in Rennes les Bains, France (July 2007) and London (October 2007 and June 2008). Facilitator of Creative Writing course from March 2007. Regular job is film-maker.
Buchanan aka Poetry Jack
Wrote poems and short stories,
published in Observer, Spectator, London Magazine
Ambit, Rialto, Spokes, London Transport, Bananas, Iron,
Smiths Knoll, Foolscap. New Prospects, Staple, South
Coast Review (Calif.) etc. Arts Council New Poetry
(volumes 1,2,3,6,8) Klaonica (Bosnia Antholgy, Bloodaxe
'93) Of Eros and of Dust (anth. citylife poems '92 Oscars
P) Radio 3, Radio London.
Got more serious with poetry since
1990. Had a break , now back writing, and reading.
interests: guitar, harmonica,walking, cycling,beer dogs,found titles for poetry which might get written one day. Trying to live up to Dr Johnsons standard : "Sir your book is both original and good. But the parts that are good are not original...etc" Poetry needs to be read and liked by non-poets.
Rivers East Bush
Publishers website - http://www.greenex.co.uk
Maggie’s first full collection Lipstick is available from Amazon or from her publisher, Greenwich Exchange.
Maggie’s prize-winning poems have been widely published in magazines and anthologies. They have escaped the page onto the internet, Radio 4, readings, festivals and schools.
Although Maggie began writing poems when she was seven, a career in journalism and as a BBC TV documentary film maker distracted her for a few years before she returned to her first love of poetry. She is now Head of the Media department at Middlesex University where she has been teaching Creative and Media Writing since 1990. She is also Chair of the National Association of Writers in Education and Head of the Middlesex Skillset Media Academy. She will be the judge of Ver Poets competition 2007. Her poetry pamphlet Quintana Roo was published by Acumen in 2003 and her first full collection Lipstick was published in March 2007 by Greenwich Exchange. Maggie is available for readings - for details email firstname.lastname@example.org