PICCADILLY POETS
Guest Poets - Autumn 2000

Philip Wells. One collection Shining is a Language (Harcourt Press). He has performed at the Canal Cafe Theatre, and in pubs, schools and cathedrals. He is on Dragonheart Press on the Internet.

Kevin Bailey is founder-editor of HQ Poetry Magazine, Britain's first international poetry magazine to incorporate mainstream and haiku poetry on equal terms. His own poetry is widely published and translated into several languages.

Lucien Stryk has had 14 collections published, as well as 2 spoken albums. He has translated from the Japanese, notably the poems of Basho - On Love and Barley, Haiku of Basho (Penguin Classics). Also The Penguin Book of Zen Poetry and Zen Poems of China and Japan: The Crane's Bill. He has had Fellowships from National Endowment for the Arts, National Translation Center, Ford and Rockefeller Foundations. He is Professor of Poetry at the University of Illinois.

William Cookson is a poet, critic, and the founding editor of Agenda, which has since the 1960's championed the work of Ezra Pound, David Jones and Geoffrey Hill, among other distinguished modern poets. He is the editor of Ezra Pound: Selected Prose 1909-1065 (1973). He began corresponding with Pound as a schoolboy in 1957, and his new book A Guide to the Cantos of Ezra Pound draws on an intimate knowledge of Pound's work.

Guest Poets - Autumn 1999

Julie Whitby's performance coincides with the launch of her new collection Poems for Lovers. Her first collection, The Violet Room, was published by Acumen Publications. Her work also features in Outside the Chain of Hands (a Big Little Poem Book), Sub Rosa (Pentagraph Press) and various anthologies - Homage to Imagism (AMS Press, New York), Completing the Picture (Stride), Her study of Violette Leduc appeared in the USA (Borgo Press). Numerous magazines and newspapers have published her poetry, including the TLS and the Independent. She has also had 17 poems published in the Daily Express. Trained as an actress, with a scholarship to Central, she has worked in the theatre and on television. Currently  she reads for two poetry performance groups in Sussex.

Sue Hubbard is a freelance art critic, poet, broadcaster and novelist. Founder member of Blue Nose Poets. First collection Everything begins with the Skin (Enitharmon). Recently she was appointed the Poetry Society's first Public Art Poet, and was commissioned by the Arts Council and the BFI to write a site-specific mural poem at Waterloo leading to the new Imax cinema. Her  first novel Depth of Field is due out in spring 2000 (Dewi Lewis).

Guest Poets - Summer 1999

Anthony Thwaite. 13 collections, most recently Selected Poems 1956-1996 (Enitharmon 1997). Edited Philip Larkin's Collected Poems and Selected Letters. He has been a BBC Radio producer, literary editor of the Listener and the New Statesman, and co-editor of Encounter 1973-85. He has taught in Japan and Libya, and travelled widely elsewhere. Awarded the OBE for services to poetry (1990). Since 1973 he has lived in south Norfolk.

Chrys Salt. Poet, writer, theatre director. 2 collections: Inside Out (Autolycus Press 1989) and Daffodils at Christmas (The Galloway Poets Series). Her poetry is widely performed and has been frequently broadcast. 2 non-fiction books: Making acting work (Bloomsbury 1997) and Here we go, women's memories of the 1984-5 miners' strike (CRS 1985) which won a National Media award. She was writer-director in residence at Royal Holloway College in 1986. Her production of The Last Obit by Peter Tinniswood won a 1998 Edinburgh Fringe First award.

Peter Scupham. 9 collections, most recently The Ark and Selected Poems (both OUP). Next collection Night Watch due autumn 1999 (Anvil). With John Mole he ran for twenty years The Mandeville Press for publishing new poetry. He has reviewed annd broadcasted and has taught English in Lincolnshireee and Hertfordshire. Educated at the Perse School and Cambridge, he now lives in Norfolk renovating a tumbledown Tudor house, lectures, and runs a second-hand book business. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Leo Aylen. 8 collections, most recently Dancing the Impossible: New and Selected Poems. Published in  50 anthologies. 2 books on the Greek theatre, 1 travel book.. Has been Distinguished Visiting Professor at McMaster University, Ontario, and Poet in Residence at Fairleigh Dickinson  University, New York. Broadcasts his pems regularly on BBC, most recently on The Today Programme. Cecil Day Lewis Fellowship. Arvon prizewinner and the sole subject of three American nationwide television programmes (CBS).

Guest Poets - Spring 1999

Anna Adams. Poet  and essayist. 10 collections, most recently A Paper Ark (Peterloo 1996) and Green Resistance: New and Selected Poems (Enitharmon 1996). Currently working on an anthology of poems about the Thames (Enitharmon).

William Oxley. Poet and philosopher. His publications include In the Drift of Words (Rockingham), Cardboard Troy (Stride) and Collected Longer Poems (University of Salzburg Press). He is joint editor with Sebastian Barker of the Long Poem Group Newsletter. Click here for more.

Judith Kazantzis. 5 previous collections, including Selected Poems 1977-1992 (Sinclair Stevenson). Latest collection The  Odysseus Poems: fictions on the Odyssey of Homer (Cargo Press 1999), from which she will present a performance sequence with her poet husband Irving Weinman.

Michael Horovitz has published 12 collections, including Midsummer Morning Jog Log, Wordsounds and Sightlines, and New and Selected Poems 1994. Founded New Departures publications, and Live New Departures, Jazz Poetry Superjam, Poetry Olympics bandwagons. Edited Children of Albion and Grandchildren of Albion (book, cassette and CD) and (with Inge Else Laird) The POW! Anthology. Work in progress includes A New Waste Land. Click here for more.

Christopher Fry's plays include The Boy with a Cart, A Phoenix too Frequent, The Lady's not for Burning, Venus Observed, The Dark is Light Enough, A Sleep of Prisoners, The Firstborn, Thor with Angels, Curtmantle, A Yard of Sun. Several successful translations of Anouilh and Giraudoux. Screenwriter on Hollywood epics. Began as teacher and actor, and director of Oxford Playhouse.

Guest Poets - Autumn 1998

John Heath-Stubbs. Collected Poems 1943 - 1987, Selected Poems 1990. Over 20 collections, his first published during the Second World War, his most recent Sweet Apple Earth and The Torriano Sequences (Hearing Eye 1997); The Sound of Light (Carcanet) in preparation. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, was awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry (1973), and the OBE (1989). This is a special celebration to mark the year of his 80th birthday, and will be one of his last public readings.

Alexis Lykiard. Greek-born, but learnt English at six. Nine published novels; first best-seller, The Summer Ghosts, written when 18. 14 Poetry collections, including Living Jazz, CatKin, and Selected Poems 1995-96. Notable translator from French (Lautreamont, Jarry, Apollinaire, Aragon, etc). Jean Rhys Revisited (prose) due 1999.

Martin Newell whose poems appear twice weekly in The Independent, is the first poet to have had two poems on the front page of a British national newspaper. 2 collections: Poetic Licence, and Illegible Bachelor. Regular appeaarances on radio and TV. Twice in 1997 on Radio 1 Breakfast Show for a featured week on poetry.

John Rety runs Torriano Poets and Hearing Eye Press. 3 collections, most recently What's in a Word.

Leah Fritz is an American who has lived in England for 13 years. 2 collections; her third, The Way to Go (Loxwood Stoneleigh) due in February 1999.

Guest Poets - Summer 1998

Mario Petrucci's first collection Shrapnel and Sheets (Headland) was a Poetry Book Society recommendation. He received the 1997 Sheffield Thursday award, and has  won other prizes. He has recently founded the collaborative experimental performance group ShadowWork. (Formal launch 24th June 1998, at the Poetry Place). Click here for more.

Sara Kestelman is also an actress and song-writer. For her performance in Cabaret (Donmar Warehouse, 1994) she received Olivier and Clarence Derwent Awards. Many appearances at the R.S.C., R.N.T., in the West End, and on television.

Susan Penhaligon is also an actress and writer with many appearances in television, film and theatre. She edited the N.C.H. Action for Children Celebrity Poetry Book (1996), and is co-writer with Andrea Sanders Reece on various script projects.

James Berry won the 1981 National Poetry Prize, and the 1981 Cholmondeley Award for Poetry. His books of poetry are published by Beacon and OUP. His stories and poetry for children are published in both Britain and the United States. His latest collection for adults is Hot Earth - Cold Earth (Bloodaxe 1995), and for children Playing at Dazzler (Penguin 1997). Click here for more.

Ken Lewington is a performance poet and Treasurer of Piccadilly Poets. Vice-Chairman of  the Campaign to save Crystal Palace Park.

Sara Boyes has published two collections - Kits and Wild Flowers. Also in Frankenstein's Daughter, an anthology of women's poetry. She worked in the  theatre for 15 years, and now teaches creative writing.

Previous Guest Poets include Dannie Abse, Shanta Acharya, Anna Adams, Pat Arrowsmith, Leo Aylen, Kevin Bailey, Jill Bamber, Sebastian Barker, James Berry, Rachel Blake, Sara Boyes, Alan Brownjohn, John Citizen, Martyn Crucefix, Peter Dale, Jessica d'Este, Christopher Fry, Katherine Gallagher, Patrick Galvin, Daphne Gloag, Michael Glover, Geoffrey Godbert, Philip Gross, James Harpur, John Heath-Stubbs, Danielle Hope, Michael Horovitz, Judith Kazantzis, Sara Kestelman, Mimi Khalvati, Alexis Lykiard, Paul StJohn Mackintosh, Richard McKane, Jo Mariner, Gerda Mayer, Martin Newell, William Oxley, Susan Penhaligon, Mario Petrucci, Kathleen Raine, Jay Ramsey, Elizabeth Rapp, Jeremy Reed, John Rety, Vera Rich, Chrys Salt, Myra Schneider, Valerie Sinason, Rosemary Anne Sisson, Jackie Skarvelis, Anne Stevenson, Lucien Stryk, Robert Waller, Philip Wells, John Hartley Williams, Peter Williamson, Paul Wright, Kit Wright.

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