11th June – Tara Bergin, Ellen Renton

    Tara Bergin was born and grew up in Dublin. Her second collection, The Tragic Death of Eleanor Marx (Carcanet), was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot and the Forward Prize, and was a PBS Recommendation. Tara currently lives in the North of England and lectures...

9th July – Inua Ellams, Helen Calcutt

  Born in Nigeria, Inua Ellams is a cross art form practitioner, a poet, playwright & performer, graphic artist & designer and founder of the Midnight Run — an international, arts-filled, night-time, playful, urban, walking experience. He is a Complete Works...

10th September – Caroline Bird, John Challis

  Caroline Bird has five collections of poetry published by Carcanet. Her most recent collection, In These Days of Prohibition, was shortlisted for the 2017 TS Eliot Prize. A two time winner of the Foyles Young Poets Award, her first collection Looking Through...

2017 Open Poetry Competition Winners

The Winner We are delighted to announce the Winner of the 2017 Cafe Writers Open Poetry Competition, judged by Liz Berry,  is Tammy Armstrong with her poem Road Salt Dome.   Road Salt Dome after Paul Farley Off the highway, out of the way like ant hills, or bee hives,...

11th September – Sean O’Brien, Sue Burge

Sean O’Brien’s most recent collection The Beautiful Librarians (Picador 2015), was a PBS Choice, shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and joint winner of the Roehampton Prize. In 2016 the first two cantos of Hammersmith were published by Hercules Editions. The...

9th October – Rebecca Stott and Emily Willis

  Rebecca Stott writes novelistic history (Darwin and the Barnacle and Darwin’s Ghosts) and historical fiction (Ghostwalk and The Coral Thief) and is a professor of literature and creative writing at UEA. She has just published a family memoir, In the Days of...

11th December – Fran Lock and Ramona Herdman

    Fran Lock is a sometime itinerant dog whisperer and author of three poetry collections, Flatrock (Little Episodes, 2011), The Mystic and the Pig Thief (Salt, 2014), and Dogtooth (Out Spoken Press, 2017). Her work has appeared in various places, most recently...