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: Graham Burchell
Graham Burchell lives in South Devon. He has an M.A. in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University, four published poetry collections and a pamphlet. He is a Hawthornden Fellow, winner of the 2015 Stanza competition, runner-up in the 2016 BBC Proms poetry competition and 3rd prize winner in the Bridport Prize.
Guest Poet: Rosie Jackson
Rosie Jackson lives near Frome. She has won many awards including 1st prize at Wells 2018 and 1st prize, Stanley Spencer Competition 2017. Widely published - What the Ground Holds (2014) was followed by The Light Box (2016) and The Glass Mother: A Memoir (2016). Rosie has taught at the University of East Anglia, UWE, and Cortijo Romero, Spain.
'It's not easy to take a familiar subject and 'make it new', but here is a poet who addresses personal and mythical griefs with an unflinching gaze and precise, original use of language.' Emily Wills
'Fluid, eloquent poems.' Helen Dunmore
'Stonking good poems.' Jo Bell