Dawn Gorman believes poetry should be everywhere - puts it on beermats,
uses it to
work with people with memory loss, facilitates writing workshops, organises poetry
events and runs international poetry competitions. She is widely published, and has
performed in New York, Paris, London - and lots of smaller places in between.
“Poetry isn't a profession, it's a way of life. It's an empty basket;
you put your life into it and make something out of that.” Mary Oliver
Guest Poet: Maria Jastrzebska
Poet, editor and translator Maria Jastrzebska came to the UK from Poland as a child. The True Story of Cowboy Hat and Ingenue (Cinnamon Press/Liquorice Fish 2018) is her fourth full-length collection. She co-edited Queer in Brighton (New Writing South 2014). Her drama Dementia Diaries toured nationally with Lewes Live Literature (2011). Her poetry is much anthologised and features in the British Library Between Two Worlds - Poetry and Translation project.
Guest Poet: Louise Warren
Louise Warren's first collection A Child's Last Picture Book of the Zoo won the Cinnamon Press first collection prize and was published in 2012. A pamphlet In the scullery with John Keats also published by Cinnamon Press came out in 2016. She has been published by many magazines including Ambit, Rialto and Poetry Wales. In 2018 she won first prize in the Prole Laureate Poetry Competition with her poem The Marshes which appears in her new pamphlet John Dust published by V.Press September 2019.