Penelope Shuttle has lived in Cornwall since 1970, is the widow of the poet Peter Redgrove, and has a grown-up daughter Zoe, who works in the field of sustainable energy. Her first collection of poems, The Orchard Upstairs (1981) was followed by six other books from Oxford University Press, The Child-Stealer (1983), The Lion from Rio (1986), Adventures with My Horse (1988), Taxing the Rain (1994), Building a City for Jamie (1996) and Selected Poems 1980-1996 (1998), and then A Leaf Out of His Book (1999) from Oxford Poets/Carcanet, and Redgrove’s Wife (2006) and Sandgrain and Hourglass (2010) from Bloodaxe Books. Redgrove’s Wife was shortlisted for both the Forward Prize and the T.S. Eliot Prize in 2006. Sandgrain and Hourglass is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Her retrospective, Unsent: New & Selected Poems 1980-2012 (Bloodaxe Books, 2012), drew on ten collections published over three decades plus the title-collection, Unsent. A new collection, Will you walk a little faster? was published by Bloodaxe in May 2017. Heath, a collaboration about Hounslow Heath with John Greening, was published by Nine Arches in 2016.
John Greening has published more than a dozen collections (notably To the War Poets, Carcanet, 2013), and several studies of poetry and poets. His edition of Edmund Blunden’s Undertones of War (OUP) appeared in 2015, along with a classical music anthology, Accompanied Voices. His latest publications are Nebamun’s Tomb (Rack Press) and the collaboration with Penelope Shuttle, Heath (Nine Arches). His memoir of two years spent in Upper Egypt, Threading a Dream, appears in 2017, as does his new edition of the poems of Geoffrey Grigson. TLS reviewer and Eric Gregory judge, his awards include the Bridport Prize and a Cholmondeley. He is RLF Writing Fellow at Newnham College. www.johngreening.co.uk
A medic by training, Richard Ball has lived in Norfolk since 1989, working as a pathologist at the N&N. Several years ago, one of his trainees, Dr Phuoc-Tan Diep, a poet, inspired him to try his hand at creative writing. Richard is still very much a beginner and enjoys the challenge of using words to produce images and new meaning for effect. He is grateful for the support and encouragement he receives from those who encourage him and are trying to instill good practices in him; they still have work to do. He is a regular Open Mic performer at Cafe Writers and his works have been chosen several times as ‘Poem of the Month.’