Our Authors: A – D

Gail aldwin



Gail Aldwin is a prize-winning writer of short fiction and poetry. As Chair of the Dorset Writers’ Network, she works with the steering group to support writers by connecting creative communities across the county. She is a visiting tutor at Arts University Bournemouth and author of Paisley Shirt a collection of flash fiction.

Twitter: @gailaldwin




L. Ward abel


 A Sky-Wide Russet Flock Ascending   

L. Ward Abel, poet, composer and performer, teacher, retired lawyer, lives in rural Georgia, has been published hundreds of times in print and online, and is the author of one full collection and eleven chapbooks of poetry, including Jonesing For Byzantium (UK Authors Press, 2006), The Heat of Blooming (Pudding House Press, 2008), American Bruise (Parallel Press, 2012), Little Town gods (Folded Word Press, 2016), A Jerusalem of Ponds (Erbacce-Press, 2016), Digby Roundabout (Kelsay Books, 2017) and The Rainflock Sings Again (Unsolicited Press, 2019).


kimmy alan


 A Plea for the Salton Sea 

Kimmy Alan is a wannabe poet from the land of Lake Woebegone. A retired steelworker who was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, Kimmy Alan pursued his love of poetry as a distraction while undergoing chemo and radiation. For him, poetry has proven to be a powerful catharsis as he is currently in remission. When he isn’t writing he spends time with his four wonderful nieces, whom he says “are driving him to pieces.”


Andy allan


 Dark Winter Skies  

Andy Allan lives in Highland Scotland. Landscape and wildlife feature in a significant number of his poems. He is widely published in magazines, anthologies and online, and is a multiple competition prize-winner. His pamphlet collection, Breath of Dragons, was published in 2015. A new collection, Within the Slide of Wind, is due to be published before the end of 2018. Both publications by award-winning specialist poetry publishers Indigo Dreams of Devon.



jake cosmos aller


Wild Things Arrest Me 

John (“Jake”) Cosmos Aller is a novelist, poet, and former Foreign Service officer having served 27 years with the U.S. State Department in Antigua, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Korea, India, St Kitts, St Lucia, St Vincent, Spain, and Thailand. Prior to joining the U.S. State Department, Jake taught overseas for eight years and served in the Peace Corps in Korea. Jake has been writing poetry and fiction all his life and has been published in over 25 literary journals; he has completed five novels, (‘Giant Nazi Spiders’, ‘the Great Divorce’ and ‘Jurassic Cruise’, and ‘Ft. Ashland’ and is pursuing publication. Jake grew up in Berkeley, California but has lived in Seattle, Washington DC and Stockton, California. He has travelled to over 45 countries and 49 States and speaks Korean, Spanish and Thai.



sandra arnold


 Just an old grey Volkswagen 

Sandra Arnold is an award-winning writer, originally from the UK, who lives in New Zealand. She has a PhD in Creative Writing from Central Queensland University, Australia and has published two novels and a book on parental bereavement. Her work appears in numerous international journals and anthologies including Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, Blue Five Notebook, New Flash Fiction Review, Spelk, Bending Genres, Fictive Dream and Bonsai: Best Small Stories from Aotearoa New Zealand (Canterbury University Press, NZ, 2018). She was nominated for the 2018 Pushcart Prize and the 2017 and 2018 Best Small Fictions.  In 2019 her third novel Ash will be published by Mākaro Press (NZ) and her first flash fiction collection Soul Etchings by Retreat West Books (UK). She is on the advisory board and is a guest editor for Meniscus: The Australasian Association of Writing Programmes.


isabel ashdown



Isabel Ashdown was born in London and grew up on the Sussex coast. Her award-winning debut Glasshopper (Myriad, 2009) was written while studying Creative Writing at the University of Chichester, entering several ‘Best Books’ charts that same year. Her most recent novel Beautiful Liars (Orion, 2018) is a psychological thriller located along the London waterways and Derbyshire’s Peak District. Isabel is a Royal Literary Fund Fellow and a Read2Dogs volunteer for the charity Pets as Therapy. She lives in West Sussex with her family, where she walks daily in the hills and woods of the South Downs.


Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/isabelashdown_writer/


allen ashley


Greetings from the British Countryside

Wildflo Wers

The Teatime Tarzan

Allen Ashley is co-editor with Sarah Doyle of the anthology Humanagerie (Eibonvale Press, UK, 2018). He has work due soon in publications from Black Hare Press, NewCon Press and the British Fantasy Society. He has previously appeared twice on the Words for the Wild website. His next book will be as editor of The Once and Future Moon (Eibonvale Press) – due late 2019.



diane averill


  The overripe apple drops

Winding through Elk Rock Garden 

Diane Averill’s first book, Branches Doubled Over With Fruit,  (University of Florida Press) was a finalist for the 1991 Oregon Book Award as was her second book, Beautiful  Obstacles,(Blue Light Press 1998). Another book, Among Pearls Hatching, was published by Dancing Moon Press. Diane is a graduate of the M.F.A. program in Creative Writing at the University of Oregon. She taught in the English Department of Clackamas Community College from 1991 until retiring in 2010. Her work appears in many literary magazines and anthologies around the United States. Her chapbook, For All That Remains, was chosen as one of the best 150 books in Oregon. She has won a Literary Arts Fellowship.

Diane finds her inspiration from roaming the woods, fields and gorges around Oregon. She’s been writing since the age of eleven and feels she was born with a pen in her hand.

elizabeth baines


The Meadow   

Elizabeth Baines is the author of two collections of short stories, Used to Be and Balancing on the Edge of the World, and two novels, Too Many Magpies and The Birth Machine, all published by Salt.



Elaine baker


The Help

Roadside Deer

Elaine Baker mentors young writers in her role as Patron of Writing in local schools. She runs a poetry evening class and has taught at The Poetry School, London. Elaine is currently Poet in Residence at the Vale & Downland Museum, Wantage, Oxfordshire. She enjoys performing her poetry and has collaborated with musicians the Oxford Improvisers. Her poetry has been widely published including in Proletarian Poetry, Envoi, Mslexia, Brittle Star and The North. She has an MA in Writing Poetry.

Twitter: @kitespotter



matt barnard


 The Gift

Matt Barnard is a poet and writer. His first full collection, Anatomy of a Whale, was published by The Onslaught Press and he edited the anthology Poems for the NHS, to mark the NHS’s 70 year anniversary. He has won and been placed in competitions including The Poetry Society’s Hamish Canham Prize, the Bridport Prize, the Ink Tears short story competition and the Bristol Short Story Prize, and his work has appeared a number of anthologies and magazines. Anatomy of a Whale can be bought direct from the publisher The Onslaught Press, and is also available at www.hive.co.uk (which supports local bookshops), Amazon and Foyles.






phil barnett


  birds knit my ribs together    

between the start of the pipit’s peep

Phil Barnett has had a lifelong passion for the natural world. In particular for the area of countryside outside his front door in South Lancashire  – “The Patch”, where he walks on most days. Phil finds beauty in the ordinary – wonder in the everyday. He expresses this through music, painting, photography and more recently writing prose and poetry.






kevin barrett


 The Trees    

Kevin Barrett was born in Winchester and is very active on the local poetry scene. He studied with the Open University, obtaining B.A. (honours) in humanities and literature. He was the winner of the Orbis International Journal’s Readers Award spring 2014; and his poem “Winter Solstice” was Hampshire County Council’s poem of the day, summer 2012.  He has been published in several journals and anthologies. His pamphlet is: I Died in Hell. (They Call it Passchendale) and his first collection was published in 2017.

David Batteiger


  Greatfather Oak     

David Batteiger lives with his wife, daughters, turtles and a precocious Australian Shepherd named Echo in central Ohio and works in the IT field, but has always had a passion for literature and fiction. Some of his flash fiction and short stories can be found at Flash Fiction Magazine, Altered Reality Magazine, Every Day Fiction and 101 Words.  Additional works can be found at: 




 In the Lap of the Gods    

Susmita Bhattacharya was born in Mumbai and sailed the world on oil tankers before settling down in the UK. She is an associate lecturer at Winchester University and leads the SO:Write Young Writers workshops in Southampton. Her debut novel, The Normal State of Mind (Parthian), was published in 2015.  Her short stories, essays and poems have been widely published and also broadcast on BBC Radio 4. She won the Winchester Writers Festival Memoir prize in 2016. She lives in Winchester with her family.

Twitter: @Susmitatweets



victoria bird


A new Purana

Victoria is interested in exploring the hazards of seeking and forming relationships, and the vulnerability our trust engenders. She is currently working on her debut novel on the subject of infidelity. Victoria studied literature at the University of Cambridge in the UK and now lives in Cambridge with her family.



roger bloor




Roger Bloor is a retired psychiatrist and is currently a student on the MA in Poetry Writing from Newcastle University studying at the Poetry School in London. He has published poems in the Hippocrates Prize Anthology (2017) and Still Born (Affect Formations 2018) as well as occasional online Instagram poems. 




robyn bolam


Starving after long rain, the barn owl hunts again

Robyn Bolam has published four poetry collections with Bloodaxe. New Wings was a PBS Recommendation and Hyem, which includes eco-poems with settings from the New Forest to New Zealand, appeared in October 2017. Widely anthologised, her work is included in Land of Three Rivers (Bloodaxe, 2017) and other publications include Eliza’s Babes: four centuries of women’s poetry in English.

Born in the North-East, where she grew up, Robyn lived in Berkshire, Kent, Yorkshire, London and Scotland before moving to Hampshire in 2010. She is Hampshire Poet 2018 and, in 2016-17, led the combined-arts Ferry Tales project on the Solent.



stephen bone



Ode to a Giant Water Lily

Stephen Bone’s work has appeared in various journals in the U.K. and the U.S., and in numerous anthologies.

His first collection In the Cinema (Playdead Press) was published in 2014 and a pamphlet Plainsong (Indigo Dreams) was published in 2018.

stefano bortolussi


 Callipepla california 

Stefano Bortolussi is a poet, novelist and literary translator. In his native Italy, he has published three poetry collections (Ipotesi di caldo, 2001; Califia, 2014; I labili confini, 2016) and four novels (Fuor d’acqua, 2004; Fuoritempo, 2007; Verso dove si va per questa strada, 2013; Billy & Coyote, 2017). His poetry has been also published in magazines and webzines, both Italian and international, such as Interno Poesia, Atelier, and Ink, Sweat and Tears. 


stephen boyce



Stephen Boyce lives in Dorset. He is the author of two full-length poetry collections, Desire Lines (Arrowhead 2010) and The Sisyphus Dog (Worple 2014), as well as two pamphlet collections. He is a founding trustee of Winchester Poetry Festival.



Alison brackenbury




Along the road

Wellington Square


Alison Brackenbury’s Selected Poems, Gallop, was published in 2019 by Carcanet. New poems can be read on her website:



jo brandon


 The Fall

A Fruit Basket  

Jo Brandon is based in West Yorkshire. Her pamphlet Phobia and full-length collection, The Learned Goose, are both published by Valley Press. Her next collection, Cures, is due out in 2020. Her work has been published in a number of magazines and anthologies, including The North, Magma, Popshot, Strix, Butchers Dog and The Fenland Reed. You can find her at www.jobrandon.com  


The Learned Goose is available to buy from Valley Press: https://www.valleypressuk.com/book/10/the_learned_goose



 Tower Shell  

Hannah Brockbank is published in a variety of journals, magazines and anthologies including When Women Waken journal; The London Magazine; Envoi; Sarasvati; and Raving Beauties (ed.); Hallelujah for 50ft Women anthology (Bloodaxe); Chalk Poets anthology (Winchester Poetry Festival 2016). Her debut pamphlet, Bloodlines, is published by Indigo Dreams Publishing. She is studying for a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Chichester. 

Instagram: @hannahbrockbank


michael H. brownstein


 The Day I Left Chicago

When the Dark Rain Blew Away Our Home

Michael H. Brownstein’s work has appeared in American  Letters and Commentary, Skidrow Penthouse, Meridian Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, The Pacific Review, After Hours, poetrysuperhighway.com and others. He has nine poetry chapbooks including A Period of Trees (Snark Press, 2004) and The Possibility of Sky and Hell (White Knuckle Press, 2013). His book, A Slipknot Into Somewhere Else: A Poet’s Journey To The Borderlands Of Dementia, was recently published by Cholla Needles Press (2018).

maeve bruce




Maeve Bruce is a professional storyteller – a writer, editor, journalist and poet. She writes about place and the stories buried in landscape, nature, history and folklore. She draws a thread between the past and the present, reconnecting people with places and a sense of belonging. When she is not wandering around the Cotswold countryside where she lives, she can be found exploring the wilder landscapes of the British Isles or travelling to more distant places, notebook in hand. Read more about her work on her website: storiesofplace.co.uk 


sue burge




Sue Burge is a freelance creative writing and film studies tutor based in North Norfolk.  Her poems have appeared in wide range of magazines and anthologies.  Sue’s first collection In the Kingdom of Shadows (Live Canon) was published in November 2018 alongside her debut pamphlet Lumiere (Hedgehog Poetry Press).  More information at


peter burrows


The Wood

   Sweeping the Sands



Peter Burrows is a librarian in the North West of England. Originally from the Midlands, he grew up in Scotland and Lincolnshire. He finds himself mainly writing about nature and place. 


After recently starting to write again his poems have appeared in The North; The Interpreter’s House; Ink, Sweat and Tears and other journals, and most recently inCoast to Coast to Coast, Marble Poetry,  The Curlew, Dodging the Rain, Dawntreader and Bonnie’s Crew. 

maggie butt



Degrees of Twilight

Norwegian Wood


Maggie Butt is an ex-journalist and BBC television producer turned poet and novelist.

Her poetry collection Degrees of Twilight (2015) follows Sancti Clandestini – Undercover Saints, an illustrated hagiography of imaginary saints, and  Ally Pally Prison Camp, which tells a little-known first world war story. Earlier collections were petite and Lipstick. Her novel House of Dreams was published as Maggie Brookes.

Maggie is an Associate Professor at Middlesex University and an Advisory Fellow for the Royal Literary Fund. She has judged the Frogmore, Ver Poets and Barnet poetry competitions, and this year is judging the Ware and Segora.


stewart carswell


The Clearing 

Stewart Carswell is from the Forest of Dean. He currently lives and works and writes in Cambridge. His poems have recently been published in Envoi, Lighthouse, and Ink Sweat & Tears, and included in Best New British and Irish Poets 2016. His debut pamphlet, Knots and branches, is published by Eyewear.



selma  carvalho


Quilt me a blanket 


Selma Carvalho’s fiction and poetry have been published in Litro, Lighthouse and Mechanics’ Institute Review (Birkbeck). Her work has appeared in several anthologies including the London Short Story Prize 2017 Anthology (Kingston University Press; 2018) for which she was a shortlist finalist. She has been placed in numerous short story competitions, most recently as runner-up for the Dinesh Allirajah Prize 2017 (Comma Press & UCLan). She is the winner of the Leicester Writes Short Story Prize 2018 (Dahlia Publishing).

kevin casey


 Convict Weather

Wild Strawberries 

Kevin Casey is the author of Ways to Make a Halo (Aldrich Press, 2018) and American Lotus, winner of the 2017 Kithara Prize (Glass Lyre Press, 2018). And Waking…was published by Bottom Dog Press in 2016. His poems have appeared in Rust+Moth, Valparaiso Poetry ReviewConnotation Press, Pretty Owl Poetry, and Ted Kooser’s syndicated column ‘American Life in Poetry.’ For more, visit:


pratibha castle


  Pumpkin Blues   

Inspired by her mother’s death, and a life-long dream of writing, Pratibha Castle completed a BA in English and Creative Writing in 2011 at the University of Chichester. Graduating with a first class honours degree, she continued exploring on their MA in Creative Writing. Winner of the NADFAS short story competition 2009, age range 13 – 17, long listed for the Pighog Poetry Competition 2010, her work has been published in Eunoia Revue, Poetry and All That Jazz, Wales Arts Review, and Thresholds Short Story Forum. Further to her love of words, Pratibha, a former singer and holistic therapist, loves to garden, walk in nature, swim in the ocean, and experiment with food. She is currently working on a poetry collection, and a novel set in 1960s Notting Hill and India.

Yuan Changming



Yuan Changming published monographs on translation before leaving China. Currently, Yuan lives in Vancouver, where he edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Qing Yuan. Credits include ten Pushcart nominations, the 2018 Naji Naaman’s Literary Prize, Best of the Best Canadian Poetry and BestNewPoemsOnline among others.   


Andrew cochrane


A Stream in the Woods

Andrew Cochrane was born in Germany and grew up in various places throughout England, Germany and Cyprus. He lives in Southampton where he is a PhD research student at the university, writing a fragmented novel about the grieving process across cultures. His work has appeared in Litro, Postcard Shorts, Every Day Fiction and Kerouac’s Dog, among others.

leanne coombes



Leanne is a passionate advocate for nature, self-expression and the transformational abilities of both. She is currently training to teach yoga and enjoys writing in her spare time. Leanne studied Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Chichester and lives and works in Tring.

Instagram: @leannejennayoga 

ion Corcos



Ion Corcos has been published in The High Window, Australian Poetry Journal, AllegroPanoply, and other journals. Ion is a nature lover and a supporter of animal rights. He is currently travelling indefinitely with his partner, Lisa. His first pamphlet, A Spoon of Honey (Flutter Press, 2018), is out now.


ilse cornwall-ross


Magie im Lieblingswald? Wieso?

Ilse Cornwall-Ross is a Winchester-based poet and writer whose first language is German. Her poetry collection From Behind The Frosted Glass was published in December 2017. Her previous publications include A Season of Mellow Fruitfulness about John Keats in Winchester and A Magic Presence – Poems by Ruth Pennyman of Ormesby Hall which she collected and edited. Her ekphrastic poems have been exhibited in galleries, and for the last three years, her work has been read at London Tube stations as part of National Poetry Day. 


lesley cooke


The Flight of Time

Lesley Cooke was born and bred on the Isle of Wight but has lived nearly all of her adult life in Dorset. She has written poetry since her early teens but found that a career based on writing factual pieces tended to dim her poetic energy.  Since retiring she has been able to devote more time to writing poetry.

ide crawford


  The Song of the Naiad   

Thirteen-year-old Ide Crawford has won the Betjeman Poetry Prize 2018 and the Alan Garner Writing Competition 2016 and has been shortlisted for the Young Walter Scott Prize. She is Poet Laureate of St. Pancras Station. She is currently working with the  Blacken Trust to set up an open project exploring the way creative writing can be rooted in locale. She writes prose as well as poetry and has recently completed a children’s time-slip novel exploring the secret history of two mysterious places. Ide’s favourite things are sunsets, twisted tree trunks, thunderstorms, snowdrifts, and dusty books. She tweets about nature and folklore at:



caroline davies


 From Whitsbury Cope to Mametz Wood   


Caroline Davies is the author of Convoy and Voices from Stone and Bronze, published by Cinnamon Press. Her third collection, Absence, will be forthcoming in 2019. She runs writing workshops and teaches creative writing.  She loves giving readings and sharing poems. Her favourite occupation is walking in woods, especially when the bluebells are in flower.



Kerry Darbishire


 In Praise of Hedges   


Beck Moss

Letters from Home

Kerry Darbishire, songwriter and poet, grew up in the Lake District where she continues to live, find inspiration and write in a wild area of Cumbria. Her poems have appeared widely in anthologies and magazines and have won or been listed in several competitions, including the Bridport shortlist 2017, and the 2018 PBS Mslexia Poetry Competition. Her first poetry collection, A Lift of Wings, was published in 2014 by Indigo Dreams. A biography, Kay’s Ark, the story of her mother, was published in 2016 by Handstand Press.


Her second poetry collection, Sweet on my Tongue, was published by Indigo Dreams in 2018 and is a finalist in the Cumbria Culture Awards 2019. She co-edited the new Handstand Press Cumbrian Poetry Anthology, This Place I know. Kerry is currently working on a pamphlet and a new full collection.

jane desmond


 A Tree is Breathing    

Jane Desmond is a former modern dancer and choreographer, who now works as a scholar in the fields of cultural studies, transnational studies, and anthropology.  The author/editor of five non-fiction books, much of her current teaching and publication focuses on the study of sustainability and on human-animal relations. She began writing poems after attending a workshop on image and text directed by the poet Stuart Kestenbaum and artist Susan Webster. This is her second published poem and reflects the landscape of the midwestern United States where she lives. 

wendy dishman


Inter city fox   

Wendy Dishman has worked as a teacher for most of her adult life and has been a writer since childhood. Reading and writing are fundamental to who she is.
She recently moved to Winchester and is fascinated by the range of landscape and natural life on her new doorstep. Hampshire has its own voice, it speaks to Wendy and makes her happy.

Sarah Doyle


Corn Dolly  


 City Gull

Sarah Doyle is the Pre-Raphaelite Society’s Poet-in-Residence. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway College, University of London, and has been published widely in magazines, journals and anthologies. She won first prize in the WoLF Poetry Competition and Holland Park Press’s Brexit in Poetry 2019; was a runner-up in the Keats-Shelley Poetry Prize 2019, and was highly commended in the Ginkgo Prize for Ecopoetry and in the Best Single Poem category of the Forward Prizes 2018. She is (with Allen Ashley) co-editor of Humanagerie, an anthology of animal-inspired poetry and fiction, published by Eibonvale Press in 2018. Sarah is currently researching a PhD in the poetics of meteorology at Birmingham City University.



hugh dunkerley



Hugh Dunkerley grew up in Edinburgh and Bath and now lives in Brighton with his wife and young son. His first full-length poetry collection, Hare (Cinnamon Press), came out in 2010. A new collection entitled Kin will be published in 2018. He also writes on literature and environment and his award-winning lecture, ‘Some Thoughts on Poetry and Fracking’, was delivered at the 2016 Hay International Festival. He currently runs the MA in Creative Writing at The University of Chichester.