poetry-comp-2015-john-fogginJohn Foggin

John Foggin lives in Ossett, West Yorkshire. He helps to organise The Puzzle Hall Poets in Sowerby Bridge, and writes a weekly poetry blog: the great fogginzo’s cobweb (

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Steve Ely has published two books of poetry, Englaland (Smokestack Books, 2015) and Oswald’s Book of Hours (Smokestack Books, 2013).

He’s also published a novel, Ratmen (Blackheath Books, 2012), and a biographical work,

Ted Hughes’s South Yorkshire: Made in Mexborough (Palgrave MacMillan, 2015)

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Peter Rileypeter-riley

Peter Riley recently retired to Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, after living for 28 years in Cambridge. He has been a teacher, lecturer, bookseller, bus conductor, and a few other things.

He is the author of fifteen books of poetry, and some of prose concerning travel and music.

His most recent books are The Glacial Stairway (Carcanet 2011) and a book-length poem, Due North (Shearsman 2015) which was shortlisted for the Forward Best Collection Prize in 2015.

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Mark Hinchliffe

Mark Hinchcliffe has been writing poetry   IMG_1156-2since he was sixteen.  He was inspired to read poetry, and write his own poems, after his English teacher played a recording of Ted Hughes

Mark has been involved with the Albert poets in Huddersfield for nearly twenty years, reading there regularly, and also organising readings

He corresponded with Ted Hughes, who took an interest in his poetry. This led to Mark’s involvement in The Elmet Trust, of which he is a director.

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John Duffy

John Duffy has worked as a civil servant, social worker, community worker, childminder and bibliotherapist. And he spent several years at home tending to his children and housework, a role he describes as ‘husbandry’.

A native Glaswegian, he moved to Huddersfield (via London) and through a Kirklees PoetryWorkshop met the three other writers who founded the Albert Poets in 1993. The group continues to run workshops in various places and readings in The Albert (the pub nearest Huddersfield Library).

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Michael Haslam

michael-haslamMichael Haslam has become a glossographer of the upper Calder Valley through almost 50 years of wandering its cloughs and groughs, its royds and lumbs.

He is absorbed in and by the language and history of its terrain. In these ‘pastorals of the common man’ the musicality and muscularity of his words carry this exuberance from the landscape to the page. And for Haslam, like Harrison, ‘matter’ and ‘water’ can be a full-rhyme.

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Stephanie Bowgett sent most of her childhood in Germany, later moving around England and Wales before settling in Huddersfield. She worked as a teacher and an educational consultant. In retirement she serves as a school governor.
She has been published in magazines, including Wide Skirt, Rialto and London Magazine and has won prizes in the Arvon, Peterloo, Ilkley and Nottingham competitions. Her pamphlet The Grape-eating Fox was published by Slow Dancer.



 Neil Clarksonneil-clarkson

Neil Clarkson is a long-standing member of the Albert Poets in Huddersfield, where he is based, following sojourns in London, Manchester and Leeds.

He has been published in magazines including Pennine Platform, the Black Horse, Obsessed by Pipework and has won or been a prize-winner in competitions such as the Adoption Matters North-West and Didsbury Arts Festival.

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Ross Kightly is a prolific poet. Whether before dawn (summer dawn that is) in his Halifax home, ensconced at his dedicated table in the town’s Café Zone coffee house, or as a devotee of Gaia Holmes’s Igniting the Spark workshops, his lyricism never leaves him.