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: Wendy Klein
Born in the US, Wendy Klein has four daughters, born in three different countries, and 13 grandchildren all born in the UK. A retired psychotherapist, she is published in many magazines and anthologies, including Hallelujah for 50-ft Women and The Book of Love and Loss. Winner of the Cinnamon Press Single Poem Competition 2014, she has two collections from Cinnamon Press: Cuba in the Blood (2009) and Anything in Turquoise (2013), plus a third from Oversteps: Mood Indigo, (2016). She keeps herself sane by dancing, talking to her dog, and reminding herself she can stop writing poetry any time she's had enough.
Guest Poet: Daniel Sluman
Daniel Sluman is a 30 year old poet and disability rights activist. He co-edited the award-winning disability anthology FTW: Poets against Atos, and was named one of Huffington Post's Top 5 British Poets to Watch in 2015. His second collection the terrible was published by Nine Arches Press last year, and he is currently co-editing a new anthology of disability poetry, as well as preparing for a PhD at Birmingham City University this year.