POLYply 27


Tom Bamford’s work has appeared in Hi Zero, The Patchwork Paper, Shearsman, Scabs are Rats, Brag(a)zine, online at Kultmucke.de, and as part of the Made Possible By Squatting exhibition. He is the co-writer (with Jack Lowe) of the contemporary music piece ‘separate cat facilities,’ and co-organises the Benefits event series as part of a currently expanding collective initiated by Steve Willey. He blogs at byproductions.tumblr.com.

First published by Eric Mottram in the Poetry Review in 1973, Adrian Clarke resurfaced on the London scene in the 1980s, publishing Reading Reverdy and Ghost Measures with Paul Brown’s Actual Size Press and performing with Virginia Firnberg as StrèsS; he co-edited Floating Capital – New Poets from London with Robert Sheppard in1991. A long association with Bob Cobbing and Writers Forum began at this time, which included co-editing AND magazine from 1994. His most recent collections are Eurochants (Shearsman, 2010), Drastic Measures (Veer,2010) and Technically the Gap Plugged (Knives Forks & Spoons Press, 2011).  A video of his 2010 Manchester reading is on YouTube: Adrian Clarke at the Other Room. He is currently a member of the Veer Books editorial collective and edits AND with Ulli Freer.

Paul Ingram is a poet and filmmaker based in London. He has read and exhibited his work at Xing the Line, Benefits, the Annual Sussex Poetry Festival, Chlorine Readings, Projektor Screenings and on the Metro in Copenhagen as part of the 60seconds Short Film Festival. He also edits the zine SCABS ARE RATS.

Doug Jones grew up in Romford, Essex. He studied English at Warwick University before starting nurse training at the beginning of the 1990s. After working as a nurse in the East End of London for around 15 years he did an MPhil on the poet Bill Griffiths at Kings College, London. After that he did medical training. He has been attending the Writers Forum workshops for around 15 years, publishing one or two things in that time. In 2012 Veer books published Posts. In 2013 he had work published in Zone magazine. He is married with children and currently works as a junior doctor in Norfolk.

Antony John’s poetry has appeared in Summerstock, Scabs are Rats, Catechism – Poems for Pussy Riot, VLAK, Writers Forearm, Painted spoken and AND. A collection of his poems ‘now than it used to be, but in the past’ was published by Veer in 2009.

Robert Kiely is completing a PhD on the work of Samuel Beckett, and his poems have appeared in streetcake magazine, VLAK, and others. Prose is forthcoming or has appeared in Vantage, Scree, and MATERIALS. His reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in Hix Eros, Review31, and Cambridge Literary Review. He is also an editor, with Ollie Evans, of Stoma Press, who are releasing Roibeard Csengeri’s novella Fionn ag aislingeacht, Leanne Bridgewater’s Sentience, and other books next year.

matt martin‘s publications include spider bite (Kater Murr’s Press, 2012) and full spectrum apotheosis (Contraband Books, 2013). His work has featured in the exhibitions Visual Poetics (Saison Poetry Library, 2013) and Wall of Miracles (University of Exeter, 2013). As eocene press, he self-publishes works of concrete poetry. He has run poetry workshops in infant schools and also writes children’s stories which he performs as part of his job at a London museum.

Peter Philpott attended the University of Keele, where he studied under Andrew Crozier. He lives in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, and taught English and media in further education colleges. From 1971 to 1981 he ran Great Works magazine and small press, and he appeared in the anthology A Various Art (ed Andrew Crozier & Tim Longville, Carcanet, 1987). He started the Great Works poetry website in 2001, then www.modernpoetry.org.uk. Through 2008-9 he organised & presented  poetry and music performance events at Cafe Oto. His most recent publications is To the Union (The Knives Forks And Spoons Press, 2011). He has been attending Writers Forum (New Series) since early 2011.

Philip Terry is currently Director of the Centre for Creative Writing at the University of Essex.  Among his books are the lipogrammatic novel The Book of Bachelors, the edited story collection Ovid Metamorphosed, a translation of Raymond Queneau’s last book of poems Elementary Morality, and the poetry volumes Oulipoems, Oulipoems 2, Shakespeare’s Sonnets, and Advanced Immorality.  His novel tapestry was shortlisted for the 2013 Goldsmith’s Prize.  A new poetry collection, Dante’sInferno,  which relocates Dante’s action to current day Essex , is forthcoming from Carcanet.

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