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Sylvia Plath Literary Festival
21st - 23rd October 2022
Hebden Bridge & Heptonstall
The blood jet is poetry, / There is no stopping it.
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Sylvia Plath Literary Festival
21st - 23rd October 2022
Hebden Bridge & Heptonstall
The blood jet is poetry, / There is no stopping it.

Category Archives: Authors & Poets

Sarah Hesketh

Sarah Hesketh

Sarah Hesketh is a writer and editor. She is the author of the poetry collections Napoleon’s Travelling Bookshelf (Penned in the Margins, 2009) and The Hard Word Box (Penned in the Margins, 2014), and the editor of The Emma Press Anthology of Age (2015). Continue Reading

Shivanee Ramlochan

Shivanee Ramlochan

Shivanee Ramlochan is a Trinidadian writer. Her first book of poems, Everyone Knows I Am a Haunting (Peepal Tree Press, 2017) was a finalist for the People’s Choice T&T Book of the Year, and was shortlisted for the 2018 Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Continue Reading

Mona Arshi

Mona Arshi

Mona Arshi’s debut collection Small Hands won the Forward Prize for best first collection in 2015. Her second collection Dear Big Gods was published in 2019 (both books published by Liverpool University Press’s Pavilion Poetry list). Continue Reading

Denise Saul

Denise Saul

Denise Saul is the author of two pamphlets. White Narcissi (Flipped Eye Publishing) was Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice and House of Blue (Rack Press) was PBS Pamphlet Recommendation. She is the recipient of Poetry Society’s Geoffrey Dearmer Prize for her poem ‘Leaving Abyssinia’. Her first full-length collection, The Room Between Us (Pavilion Poetry) is Poetry Book Society’s Summer recommendation 2022. Continue Reading

Rory Waterman

Rory Waterman

Rory Waterman’s full-length collections, all published by Carcanet, are: Tonight the Summer’s Over (2013), which was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and was shortlisted for a Seamus Heaney Award; Sarajevo Roses (2017), which was shortlisted for the Ledbury Forte Prize for Second Collections; and Sweet Nothings (2020). Continue Reading

Charlotte Eichler

Charlotte Eichler

Charlotte Eichler is a poet and editor based in West Yorkshire. Her work has appeared in magazines and anthologies including Carcanet’s New Poetries VIII, The Manchester Review, PN Review and The Rialto. Continue Reading

Amanda Golden

Amanda Golden

Amanda Golden is Associate Professor of English at New York Institute of Technology. She recently co-edited The Bloomsbury Handbook to Sylvia Plath (2022) with Anita Helle and Maeve O’Brien. Golden is also the author of Annotating Modernism: Marginalia and Pedagogy from Virginia Woolf to the Confessional Poets (2020) and editor of This Business of Words: Reassessing Anne Sexton (2016). Continue Reading

Daniel Fraser

Daniel Fraser

DANIEL FRASER is a poet from Hebden Bridge, now living in West Cork. His work has been published widely in print and online, including: Acumen, Anthropocene Poetry, Magma, London Magazine, Poetry Birmingham, The Adroit Journal and Firmament. He has been a prize-winner in several poetry competitions including the London Magazine Poetry Prize and the Ginkgo Prize for Ecopoetry. Continue Reading

Cathleen Allyn Conway

Cathleen Allyn Conway

Cathleen Allyn Conway is a poet, journalist, and scholar at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she is completing her doctoral studies on intersections of Sylvia Plath and the Gothic in experimental poetics. She publishes scholarship on Plath as well as the Gothic, and is the author of Static Cling (Dancing Girl Press, 2012), All the Twists of the Tongue (Grey Book Press, 2018), American Ingénue (Broken Sleep Books, 2021) and the forthcoming Bloofer (Broken Sleep Books, 2023). Continue Reading

Martha Sprackland

Martha Sprackland

Martha Sprackland is an editor, writer and translator from the north of England. She was co-founder–editor of Cake magazine, and is a co-founding editor of multilingual arts zine La Errante and the independent publishing house Offord Road Books. Continue Reading

Dave Haslam

Dave Haslam

Dave Haslam is a Manchester-based writer, DJ, broadcaster who made his name in the 1980s DJing at the Hacienda club in Manchester and writing in publications including ‘NME’ and ‘The Face’. Subsequently, his journalism has appeared in ‘The Guardian’, ‘The New Statesman’ and the ‘London Review of Books’. Continue Reading

Peter K. Steinberg

Peter K. Steinberg

Peter K. Steinberg is the author of an article on Sylvia Plath’s A WINTER SHIP and co-editor, with Julie Goodspeed-Chadwick, of THE COLLECTED WRITINGS OF ASSIA WEVILL, winner of the 2022 Susan Koppelman Award. Continue Reading

Victoria Kennefick

Victoria Kennefick

Victoria Kennefick’s debut poetry collection, Eat or We Both Starve (Carcanet Press, 2021), won the Seamus Heaney First Collection Poetry Prize 2022 and the Dalkey Book Festival Emerging Writer of the Year 2022. In 2021, it was shortlisted for both the T.S. Eliot Prize and the Costa Poetry Book Award. It was a book of the year in The Guardian, The Irish Times, The Telegraph, The Sunday Independent and The White Review. Continue Reading

Susan Wicks

Susan Wicks

Susan Wicks has published eight collections of poetry, most recently Dear Crane (Bloodaxe, 2021). Her first, Singing Underwater (Faber, 1992) won the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival Prize, and her third, The Clever Daughter (Faber, 1996) was a Poetry Book Society Choice and shortlisted for both T.S.Eliot and Forward Prizes. Continue Reading

Clare Pollard

Clare Pollard

Clare Pollard has published five collections of poetry with Bloodaxe, most recently Incarnation and a pamphlet The Lives of the Female Poets, published by Bad Betty Press. She has been involved in numerous translation projects, including co-translating The Sea-Migrations by Asha Lul Mohamud Yusuf (Bloodaxe, 2017) which received a PEN Translates award and was Sunday Times Poetry Book of the Year. Continue Reading

Heidi James

Heidi James

Heidi James is the author of critically acclaimed novels Wounding, So the Doves (a Sunday Times Crime Book of the Month) and The Sound Mirror. She won The Saboteur Award for her novella, The Mesmerist’s Daughter and was a finalist in The Cinnamon Poetry Collection Prize. Continue Reading

Sharon Duggal

Sharon Duggal

Sharon Duggal writes novels and short stories. Her second novel Should We Fall Behind (2020) was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature’s 2021 Encore Award, selected for Between the Covers, BBC television’s flagship book show and chosen as a Prima Magazine Book of the Year. Her debut, The Handsworth Times was The Morning Star’s ‘Fiction Book of the Year’ 2016 and selected as the Brighton City Reads choice for 2017. Continue Reading

Naush Sabah

Naush Sabah

Naush Sabah is Editor and Publishing Director of Poetry Birmingham Literary Journal. She is a trustee at Poetry London and visiting lecturer at Birmingham City University. Her writing has appeared in the TLS, The Poetry Review, PN Review, Modern Poetry in Translation, The Dark Horse, and elsewhere. Continue Reading

Judith Willson

Judith Willson

Judith Willson lives in Hebden Bridge. She has been a teacher, and subsequently worked in publishing for many years as an editor. Her poetry has been published in magazines and anthologies. In 2018 she collaborated with the artist Heather Boxall to create an installation based on a book of colour swatches. Continue Reading

Anna Chilvers

Anna Chilvers

Anna Chilvers is the author of three novels East Coast Road (2020), Tainted Love (2016) and Falling Through Clouds (2010) (all Bluemoose Books), as well as a collection of short stories, Legging It (2012, Pennine Prospects). Continue Reading

Polly Atkin

Polly Atkin

Polly Atkin is a poet and nonfiction writer, living in the English Lake District. Her first poetry collection Basic Nest Architecture (Seren: 2017) is followed by Much With Body (Seren, 2021), a PBS Winter 2021 recommendation. She has also published three pamphlets: ‘bone song’ (Aussteiger, 2008), Shadow Dispatches (Seren, 2013) and With Invisible Rain (New Walk: 2018). Continue Reading

Andrew Neilson

Andrew Neilson

Andrew Neilson is a Scottish poet and essayist. His poetry has appeared in magazines such as The Dark Horse, Modern Poetry in Translation, New Writing Scotland, Magma, and Poetry Birmingham. He co-edits the digital poetry journal, Bad Lilies, with Kathryn Gray, and is a trustee of The Poetry Society. Continue Reading

Kathryn Gray

Kathryn Gray

Kathryn Gray’s The Never-Never was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. A pamphlet, Flowers, was published by Rack Press in 2017, and Voices and Visions: Interviews with the Contemporary English-Language Poets of Wales appeared from Peter Lang in 2019. Continue Reading

Jane Commane

Jane Commane

Jane Commane is director/editor at Nine Arches Press, co-editor of Under the Radar magazine and co-author (with Jo Bell) of How to Be a Poet. Her debut poetry collection, Assembly Lines (Bloodaxe, 2018) was longlisted for the 2019 Michael Murphy Memorial Prize. Continue Reading

Sarah Westcott

Sarah Westcott

Sarah Westcott’s first pamphlet, Inklings, (Flipped Eye) was a Poetry Book Society pamphlet choice and Slant Light (Pavilion Poetry, 2016), was highly commended in the Forward Prize. Her second collection, Bloom, also with Pavilion Poetry, was published last year. Continue Reading

Katie Ailes

Katie Ailes

Katie Ailes is a poet, researcher, and educator focusing on performance poetry. She works as a producer with I Am Loud Productions and has co-devised and performed shows with them across the UK. Katie is also a classically trained dancer and choreographer interested in the intersection between speech and movement. Continue Reading

Claire Collison

Claire Collison

Claire Collison is a writer and cross-disciplinary artist. She was an honouree of the inaugural Women Poets’ Prize (2018). Her first novel, Treading Water, was a finalist in the Dundee Book Prize (2007). She came second in the Resurgence Prize (2014), Hippocrates Prize (2017), and Winchester Prize (2020).  Continue Reading

Natalie Linh Bolderston

Natalie Linh Bolderston

Natalie Linh Bolderston is a Vietnamese-Chinese-British poet. In 2020, she received an Eric Gregory Award and co-won the Rebecca Swift Women Poets’ Prize. Her poem ‘Middle Name with Diacritics’ came third in the 2019 National Poetry Competition and was shortlisted for the 2021 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem. Continue Reading

Jo Clement

Jo Clement

Jo Clement is a writer, editor, and educator. She holds a practice-led PhD in Creative Writing from Newcastle University and was awarded an inaugural AHRC Northern Bridge scholarship. Jo is currently a Lecturer in Creative Writing at Northumbria University (Leverhulme 2021-2022). In 2012 she received a Northern Writers’ Award (New Writing North) selected by Paul Farley. Continue Reading

Maureen Boyle

Maureen Boyle

Maureen Boyle lives in Belfast. Her second full collection The Last Spring of the World was published by Arlen House in June. Her first collection, The Work of a Winter was shortlisted for the Strong Shine Award. A single poem Strabane, with photos by her husband Malachi O’Doherty, was published in 2020. She has won the Ireland Chair of Poetry Prize and Travel Bursary, the Strokestown International Poetry Prize and the Fish Short Memoir Prize. Continue Reading

Alycia Pirmohamed

Alycia Pirmohamed

Alycia is the author of Another Way to Split Water, forthcoming with YesYes Books and Polygon Books in 2022. Her pamphlets include Hinge (ignitionpress), Faces that Fled the Wind (BOAAT Press), and the collaborative essay Second Memory, co-authored by Pratyusha (Guillemot Press and Baseline Press). Continue Reading

Jessica Mookherjee

Jessica Mookherjee

Jessica Mookherjee is a poet of Bengali origin. She grew up in Wales and now lives in Kent. She has been published in many print and online journals and anthologies including Agenda, The North, Rialto and Under the Radar, Poetry Wales, and Bloodaxe anthology “Staying Human”. Continue Reading

Jean Sprackland

Jean Sprackland

Jean Sprackland has published five collections, most recently Green Noise (Cape, 2018). Tilt won the Costa Poetry Award in 2008. She is Professor of Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University. Continue Reading

Moniza Alvi

Moniza Alvi

Moniza Alvi was born in Pakistan and grew up in Hertfordshire. Her first collection The Country at My Shoulder (Oxford University Press, 1993) was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot and the Whitbread poetry prizes. Europa (Bloodaxe, 2008) and At the Time of Partition (Bloodaxe, 2013) were also shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. Continue Reading

Julie Irigaray

Julie Irigaray

Julie Irigaray is an English Literature PhD student at The University of Huddersfield. Her research focuses on Sylvia Plath’s complex relationship with England and her transnational identity as an American writer with strong European connections. Julie is also a creative writing tutor and a poet. Continue Reading

Tracy Brain

Tracy Brain

Tracy Brain is Professor of Creative Writing and English Literature at Bath Spa University, where she is Director of the PhD in Creative Writing programme. She is a novelist and literary scholar, and has published widely on Sylvia Plath. She is currently working on her fourth novel, as well as a study of pregnancy in the 18th- and 19th-century novel. Continue Reading

Sarah Corbett

Sarah Corbett

Sarah Corbett has published 5 collections of poetry, most recently A Perfect Mirror (Pavilion Poetry/Liverpool University Press, 2018), and the verse-novel And She Was (Pavilion, 2015), both highly commended in the Forward Poetry Prizes. Her work has been shortlisted for the Forward and T.S. Eliot prizes, and widely translated and anthologised. Continue Reading

Ian Humphreys

Ian Humphreys

Ian Humphreys lives in West Yorkshire. His debut collection Zebra (Nine Arches Press, 2019) was nominated for the Portico Prize. He is the editor of Why I Write Poetry (Nine Arches Press, 2021), and the producer and co-editor of After Sylvia (Nine Arches Press, 2022). Continue Reading

Sally Baker

Sally Baker

Sally Baker works for The Reader organisation and teaches poetry in adult education. She likes growing flowers, especially tulips, and collects ships in bottles. Her poems have appeared in various poetry magazines and anthologies, and a pamphlet ‘The Sea and The Forest’ was published by The Poetry Business a long time ago. Continue Reading

Carola Luther

Carola Luther

Carola Luther’s most recent collection On the Way to Jerusalem Farm was published by Carcanet Press in September 2021. Carcanet Press also published her two earlier collections, Walking the Animals (2004) and Arguing with Malarchy (2011). Continue Reading

Rosie Garland

Rosie Garland

Rosie Garland writes long & short fiction, poetry & hybrid works that fall between and outside definition. She’s also singer in post-punk band The March Violets. With a passion for language nurtured by public libraries, her award-winning work has been widely published. New poetry collection What Girls Do in the Dark (Nine Arches Press) is out now. Continue Reading

Betty Doyle

Betty Doyle

Betty Doyle is a disabled poet from Merseyside. Her work has appeared in publications such as Agenda, Butcher’s Dog, Poetry Wales, And Other Poems, and recently placed second in Brag magazine’s poetry prize. Continue Reading

Gail Crowther

Gail Crowther

Gail Crowther is a freelance writer, researcher, and academic who specialises in Sylvia Plath studies, Anne Sexton, archives, place, and sociological hauntings. Her latest book, Three-Martini Afternoons at the Ritz, is a dual biography exploring the social rebellion of Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton. She is currently working on her second book for Simon & Schuster due to be published in 2023. Continue Reading

Michael Crowley

Michael Crowley

Michael Crowley is a writer and dramatist. He is the author of two novels, two collections of poetry, and numerous plays as well as non-fiction. His second collection of poetry, ‘The Battle of Heptonstall’ (Smokestack Books), was published in 2021. Continue Reading

Amanda Dalton

Amanda Dalton

Amanda Dalton is a poet and playwright and is currently a visiting lecturer at Manchester University and MMU’s Writing School. Her poetry collections ‘How To Disappear’ and ‘Stray’ are published by Bloodaxe and her recent pamphlets include an experimental poetry sketchbook, ’30 Poems In Thirty Days’ (Arc Publications 2021) and ‘Notes on Water’ (smith|doorstop 2022). Continue Reading

Eleanor Rees

Eleanor Rees

Eleanor Rees is the author of five collections of poetry. Her most recent book is Tam Lin of the Winter Park (Guillemot, 2022). Eleanor is senior lecturer in creative writing at Liverpool Hope University and her research encompasses new-materialist and posthuman thought. Continue Reading

Heather Clark

Heather Clark

Heather Clark is the author of three award-winning books about postwar poets, most recently Red Comet: The Short Life and Blazing Art of Sylvia Plath, which won the Slightly Foxed Prize and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and a New York Times Top 10 Notable Book of 2021. Continue Reading

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