Malika Booker is an international writer whose work is steeped in anthropological research methodology and rooted in storytelling. Her writing spans poetry, theatre, monologue, installation, and education. Clients and organisations she has worked with include Arts Council England, BBC, British Council, Wellcome Trust, National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Arvon, and Hampton Court Palace. She is acting as a patron and advisor to this project. See more of her work here.
This talented web designer has created this website for the Prose Poetry project, to provide a platform for audience development and for writers to get in touch with the project. Since graduating with a degree in Software Engineering from the University of Manchester, Ffion has been designing and building websites for various clients, mainly using Django and Shopify.
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Glynis is a writer and highly experienced arts project evaluator/manager who has worked for The Bronte Parsonage, Hebden Bridge Arts Festival and many other clients. She also runs Italian Writing Retreats. Glynis has many years’ experience of running workshops, both in Italy and in the UK. Her work has been published both in print and on screen. Most recently, it was Highly Commended in the Bridport Poetry Prize 2016.
She will be acting as a consultant on project management and coordinating evaluation for this prose poetry project.
This project will be led by Anne Caldwell. She is an established poet who won an Emerging Artist Award (Arts Council 2008) and has had three collections published in the UK. Anne has a track record of recognition for her prose poetry, in the UK and internationally. Her work has been short-listed for the National Poetry Competition (2015) and The Rialto Poetry Pamphlet Competition (2017). Her prose poetry is published in five anthologies in the UK and Australia (Recent Work Press and Valley Press). Anne is also an experienced literature development specialist who has worked for The Reading Agency, The National Association for Writers in Education, The British Council and as a highly respected freelance consultant. Her latest book is Painting the Spiral Staircase, (Cinnamon 2016).
Visit Anne's website here.
Established in 2008, Valley Press is a thriving independent publishing house based in Scarborough, North Yorkshire. With authors from all corners of the UK, as well as Canada, the USA, India, Bermuda and China, the press is bringing the world to Yorkshire and Yorkshire to the world. Valley Press have more than 100 titles currently in print, including poetry (collections, pamphlets and anthologies), fiction (novels and short stories) and non-fiction (travel writing and memoirs). Books on musical history and graphic novels are also forthcoming in 2018.
Beverley Ward is a writer for adults and young people and a highly experienced workshop facilitator, based in Sheffield. Her recent commission Archie Nolan: Family Detective is on sale now. In 2012, she won a Northern Writers' Award for her young adult novel Straight on Till Morning. Beverley is acting as a host and co-workshop facilitator on this project and a consultant on marketing/social media. You can read more about her here.
She has just launched a new business in Bridlington, which will provide a venue for writing retreats, including the prose poetry retreat that we have planned for young writers.
Oz Hardwick is a York-based poet. He is the author of six poetry collections, most recently The House of Ghosts and Mirrors (Valley Press, 2017). He has long been a practitioner of prose poetry, including his solo collection, An Eschatological Bestiary (Dog Horn, 2013), and many contributions to journals and anthologies around the world. Since 2016 he has been involved in the International Prose Poetry Project (University of Canberra). He has edited or co-edited seven poetry anthologies, including The Valley Press Anthology of Yorkshire Poetry (Valley Press, 2017) with Miles Salter, a National Poetry Day 2017 recommendation. Oz has worked collaboratively with visual artists, musicians, filmmakers, and other writers, and is co-author of the Saboteur-shortlisted chapbook, Close as Second Skins (IDP, 2015) with Amina Alyal.
Oz is Professor of English at Leeds Trinity University, where he is Programme Leader for BA and MA courses in Creative Writing, and where he supervises Doctoral research in creative practices. Both within – and outside of – his university, Oz is an experienced workshop leader and mentor, and promoter of literature. His involvement in Prose Poetry UK is mentoring and co-editing the anthology. Visit his website here.