Contributors to Issue 2

David Alcock divides his life between Sheffield and Gloucestershire. He has been writing since he was a boy. He has been lucky enough to have had a broad and amusing career: among many other things that are better not named, he has been at times a mountaineer, factory-worker, tramp, luthier, musician, painter, labourer, photographer, abseiling medieval sculpture conservator, businessman, and father of three sons. He is an editor at

Ian Badcoe walks in the Peak District and occasionally returns to the city for important supplies, such as money.

John Barron lives in Deepcar, Sheffield, and works as a teacher of the deaf in Barnsley. He is interested in the natural world, spirituality and consciousness. In 2010 he received a commendation in the Elmet poetry competition. He has been a runner up in a couple of competitions in Barnsley, including one to describe a pudding from paradise! He is older than he looks.

Ruth Bavetta’s poetry has been published in Rattle, Nimrod, Tar River Review, North American Review, Rhino, Poetry East, Atlanta Review, and Poetry New Zealand, among others. She is included in the anthologies Twelve Los Angeles Poets and Wait a Minute I Have to Take Off My Bra. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California, California State College San Bernardino, and Claremont Graduate School.

Alison Brackenbury’s latest collection is Singing in the Dark, Carcanet, 2008. New poems can be read at her website:

Sheila Black is the author of House of Bone and Love/Iraq (both CW Press), as well as Continental Drift with painter Michele Marcoux. She lives in Las Cruces, New Mexico, where this year, for the first time in recent memory, there has been a lot of snow. Recently she edited with Jennifer Bartlett and Mike Northen, Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability (Cinco Puntos Press, 2011).

Miles Cain is a writer, musician and storyteller based in York. His poems have been Dreamcatcher, Orbis, South Bank Poetry, Frogmore Papers, Obsessed With Pipework, Cake, and more. His first collection of poetry,The Border, was published by Valley Press in October 2011. He is currently working on a second volume, due in 2013. Miles has also helped to run York Literature Festival since 2008. Find out more at

Niall Campbell in 2011 received an Eric Gregory Award and a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship. He has had poems published in: Magma, Cyphers andThe Red Wheelbarrow.

Debjani Chatterjee has been called an Indian-born ‘poet full of wit and charm’ (Andrew Motion), and ‘a national treasure’ (Barry Tebb). Editor, translator and children’s writer, she has written and edited well over 50 books, including Namaskar: New & Selected Poems, Words Spit and Splinter and I Was That Woman. She has edited prize-winning anthologies such as The Redbeck Anthology of British South Asian Poetry and Barbed Lines. She has been a Royal Literary Fund Fellow and chaired the National Association of Writers in Education and the Arts Council of England’s Translations Panel. She is a patron of Survivors’ Poetry.  Some of her residencies have been at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, Ilkley Literature Festival and York St John University. Her poems have won major prizes. Sheffield Hallam University awarded her an honorary doctorate ‘for outstanding contribution to Literature, the Arts and community service’. In 2008 she received an MBE.

Catherine Edmunds is a prolific writer and artist, with more than 250 published works to her name. Her latest novel is Small Poisons (Circaidy Gregory Press), a gripping work of magical realism described as ‘The Contemporary Novel for Midsummer Night’s Dreamers’.

Suzannah Evans at the age of nine once wrote sponsored poetry for 50p a go. Since then she has had work published in magazines including The Rialto, Magma and Horizon Review. She is Poetry Editor of The Cadaverine, an online magazine for writers under 30.

Ruth Foley lives in Massachusetts, USA, where she teaches English for Wheaton College. Her recent work is appearing or forthcoming in Adanna, qarrtsiluni, Redheaded Stepchild, and Umbrella, among others. Her poetry has been nominated for the Best New Poets, Best of the Net, and Pushcart anthologies. She also serves as Associate Poetry Editor for Cider Press Review.

Charlotte Gann’s poems have appeared in a range of magazines (The Rialto, The North, Magma, Iota and The Frogmore Papers, among others), online (for instance, in Ink, Sweat and Tears and Snakeskin), as well as in various anthologies, including Stripe (Templar 2009) and Poetry South East 2010 (The Frogmore Press). Pighog Press published her pamphlet, The Long Woman, in summer 2011 She has an English degree from UCL, and an MA in Creative Writing and Personal Development from the University of Sussex. She has worked for many years as an editor and writer.

Tess Jolly lives in West Sussex with her partner and two young children. She has work forthcoming in Magma, Iota and The North and was highly commended in last year's Mslexia Women's Poetry Competition.

Gill McEvoy has published two  pamphlets, Uncertain Days and A Sampler (HappenStance Press 2006, 2008). Her full collection is entitledThe Plucking Shed (Cinnamon Press, 2010). A further collection is due from Cinnamon in 2013. Gill was recently awarded a Hawthornden Fellowhip for 2012.

Philip Quinlan has two print publications, True North and Leaves and Limnings, and a chapbook, Head Lands (forthcoming spring 2012, from White Violet Press). His work has appeared in: The Flea, The Chimaera, Lucid Rhythms, Lilt, Soundzine, Numinous, The Avatar Review, The Centrifugal Eye, Sea Stories, Shit Creek Review, Shot Glass Journal, Victorian Violet Press, Whale Sound, Studio 360, In Stereo Press, The Hypertexts, and Lighten Up Online.

Ann Sansom has published six collections of poetry, most recently In Praise of Men and Other People which Poetry Review called a “compelling volume of conflicting advice, conflicting loyalties, and skilful ventriloquy”. She has also written and directed plays for stage and radio. She is a regular tutor for the WEA, Poetry Society and Arvon Foundation, as well as working in schools and running writing residentials. She is a director of The Poetry Business, which publishes The North magazine and Smith/Doorstop books.

Emma Simon lives in London where she juggles journalism with family life and poetry. She has previously been published by Prole.

Janice D. Soderling has published poetry, fiction, essays and translations in a plethora of literary magazines, most recently at MsLexia (UK) and New Verse News (Singapore). Her poem was nominated by Now Culture (USA) to Sundress Best of the Net 2011. Her work was recently finalist for the second time at Glimmer Train Stories (USA) where she previously garnered a first prize. Soderling's short stories manuscript was semifinalist at Leapfrog Press 2011 and her poetry manuscript got finalist ranking at Kore Press 2011.

Marjorie Sweetko edits English language texts in Marseilles and publishes her poetry regularly in British journals such as The North, Orbis, The Interpreter's House, Obsessed with Pipework, South, South Bank Poetry.

Wendy Vardaman,, has a Ph.D. from University of Pennsylvania. Co-editor/web master of Verse Wisconsin,, as well as Cowfeather Press,, and the author of Obstructed View (Fireweed Press, 2009), she works for a children’s theater, The Young Shakespeare Players, in Madison, WI. In addition to poetry, she writes reviews, essays and interviews which have appeared in Poetry Daily, The Women’s Review of Books and

River Wolton grew up in London but has lived in the north for twenty-five years. She was Derbyshire Poet Laureate 2007-9.  The Purpose of Your Visit and Leap are published by Smith/Doorstop.

Sarah Zale is a writing and poetry instructor in the Seattle community college system. Her recent collection of poems,The Art of Folding, was inspired by her travels to Israel and Palestine. “The Refugee at Al-Arroub Fails To Explain” won the 2009 Anita McAndrews Award/Poets for Human Rights. “An Old Story of Food” was a finalist in the 2010 Split This Rock Poetry Contest, which called for poems that split open the injustices in society. Her work also appears in the anthology Come Together, Imagine Peace, a finalist for the 2009 Eric Hoffer Award.

Thomas Zimmerman teaches English and directs the Writing Center at Washtenaw Community College, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. Poems of his have appeared recently in The Flea, Electric Windmill Press and The Road Not Taken.