Our Authors: S – Z

amanda saint

flash fiction

Tree Man 

Amanda Saint is a novelist and short story writer. Her stories have been long and shortlisted for, and won various prizes and have been published in anthologies and literary journals. Her debut novel, As If I Were A River, was a NetGalley Top 10 Book of the Month and a Book Magnet Blog Top 20 Book of 2016. She runs Retreat West, which provides creative writing retreats, courses and competitions, and has just launched Retreat West Books indie press. 


ibrahim salihu



Climate Change

Ibrahim Salihu is an author, a poet and practising structural engineer.

A 21st-century truth-tale wordsmith whose forthcoming novel and chapbook: Malignant Minority and When The Sins of The Molluscs Are Washed Ashore are both near completion.





gerard sarnat



Northeast Corner

Gerard Sarnat MD has been nominated for Pushcarts and won other prizes.  Kaddish for the Country was selected for pamphlet distribution on Inauguration Day nationwide. ‘Amber Of Memory’ was the single poem chosen for his 50th Harvard reunion Dylan symposium; The Harvard Advocate accepted a second. Gerard’s a Stanford professor/healthcare CEO and physician who has built/staffed homeless clinics. Collections: Homeless Chronicles (2010), Disputes, 17s, Melting the Ice King (2016). Married since 1969; he has seven grandkids.



Anna Saunders


Time after time the same bird is born from the flame


Anna Saunders is the author of Communion, (Wild Conversations Press), Struck, (Pindrop Press) Kissing the She Bear, (Wild Conversations Press), Burne Jones and the Fox ( Indigo Dreams) and Ghosting for Beginners ( Indigo Dreams). Anna is the CEO and founder of Cheltenham Poetry Festival. She has been described as ‘a poet who surely can do anything’ by The North and ‘a poet of quite remarkable gifts’ by Bernard O’Donoghue.   Anna’s forthcoming book is called Feverfew. ( Due Indigo Dreams Summer 2020). The collection has been described as ‘ rich with obsession, sensuousness and potency’ by Ben Ray and ‘a beautiful and necessary collection’  by Penny Shuttle 


Sheila Saunders


  Evening Class   

Sheila went from a working class home in St Helens, with the help of a State Scholarship, to St Anne’s College, Oxford, to read English Language and Literature. On graduation she worked on bi-weekly and evening papers, in Lancashire, Lincolnshire and Buckinghamshire.  After marriage to Peter, Wirral district reporter for the Liverpool Daily Post and Echo, she did freelance and feature writing while bringing up three children, and voluntary work with young people.  She has always enjoyed Merseyside’s rich concert, art and theatre scene, amateur music-making, and coastal birding half a mile from her Hoylake home.  She has become increasingly involved in wildlife, community, and environmental issues. Motivated by her daughter Anna, a published poet, she has started writing poetry herself, initially inspired by her love of natural history.    


jeff schiff


The Jungle Rises 

Notes for the Black Walnut Kingdom

I was paddling  

Jeff Schiff is the author of That hum to go by (Mammoth Books, 2012), Mixed Diction, Burro Heart, The Rats of Patzcuaro, The Homily of Infinitude, and Anywhere in this Country. His work has appeared internationally in more than eighty periodicals, including The Alembic, Grand Street, The Ohio Review, Poet & Critic, The Louisville Review, Tendril, Pembroke Magazine, Carolina Review, Chicago Review, Hawaii Review, Southern Humanities Review, River City, Indiana Review, Willow Springs, and The Southwest Review. He has been a professor in the Department of English and Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago since 1987.


steve scholey




Steve Scholey’s early fascination with rocks, preferably with shiny bits in them, led him into close encounters with trolls in Sweden and with leopards, landmines and AK47s in Zimbabwe.  Having discarded his geological hammer in favour of a pen, Steve has featured in various publications and competitions and is currently working on his second and third collections simultaneously. Steve may or may not be an un-disorganiser of the Winchester poetry fringe.



Finola Scott


  The girl who can talk to birds  

Crumbs from the table

Finola Scott is widely published including in Gutter, Ink, Sweat & Tears, The Ofi Press and The Fenland Reed. Recently she won the Blue Nib Chapbook competitions and was runner up in Coast to Coast’s pamphlet competition. Her pamphlet is forthcoming from Red Squirrel this winter. Her poetry can be found on fb at Finola Scott Poems.



elisabeth sennitt clough


A Brief History of Forgotten Local Places 

Corvid Haibun

Elisabeth Sennitt Clough is the author of Glass (Best Pamphlet Saboteur Awards 2017) and a full collection, Sightings (Michael Schmidt Award for Best Portfolio). A poem from Sightings was published in the Forward Book of Poetry 2018. Other poems have appeared in The Rialto, Poem, Mslexia, Magma and Stand.








J.J. Shale is a writer currently studying at university in the U.K. 

Anne Sherry


 Gull Tide 

A poet, linguist and traveller, Anne Sherry speaks fluent French and Spanish and gets by in several other languages. Her first career was in International Human Resources; her second in Change, Development and Communications Consulting. She has lived in France, the Czech Republic and Costa Rica. Anne now combines occasional consulting with a range of writing activities, notably poetry and creative non-fiction, and frequent travel. Her first collection, Safe Passage: A Memoir in Poetry and Prose, was published in 2014.


Stephanie shields


  Heading North 

Brought up in the East Midlands, Stephanie Shields has spent her adult life in the north of England. She has combined sheep farming in the Washburn Valley, north of Leeds, with a career in further education. Stephanie’s first short story ‘The Watershed’ appeared in the Jane Austen bicentenary collection: Dancing with Mr Darcy– stories inspired by Jane Austen and Chawton House, selected and introduced by Sarah Waters and published by Honno Press in the UK and Harper Collins in the USA. Her short fiction and poems have been anthologised, appeared in literary magazines and broadcast on radio. Her flash fiction and poetry have been shortlisted and longlisted for international competitions.

Swan Landings, her first short story collection, was published in October 2017 by The Sheep Shed Press:



buffy shutt


  We Won’t Say Too Much About The Hats 


Buffy Shutt lives in the San Gabriel mountains near Los Angeles where she writes poetry and short fiction. A two-time Pushcart and Best of the Net nominee, her work appears in Lumina, Whatever Keeps The Lights On, Rise Up Review, Dodging the Rain, Split Lip Magazine, Anthropocene, What Rough Beast. She was awarded the Cobalt Review’s prize for their baseball issue


Ronnie Smith




Ronnie Smith grew up in the west of Scotland some time ago. He has been lucky enough to travel as widely as he had hoped. He has lived in Romania and now in the south of France where the open landscapes provide much of the inspiration for his more recent writing. A lot of Ronnie’s poetry comes from nature although he also contributes articles on politics and culture to a number of online publications. However, poetry is taking over.



elizabeth spencer spragins


 Four Poems 


Elizabeth Spencer Spragins is a writer, poet, and editor who taught in American community colleges for more than a decade. Her tanka and bardic verse in the Celtic style have been published in England, Scotland, Canada, Indonesia, Mauritius, and the United States. An avid swimmer and an enthusiastic fibre artist, she lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA. Publication updates are available on her website:


Sue Spiers


Ghazal: Fire

Sparrow Haiku

November 1987


Sue Spiers was British Mensa’s SIG Sec for Poetry (2016 – 2021) and her collections are Jiggle Sac and Plague – A Season of Senryu. Her poems have appeared in Acumen, Dream Catcher, The North and South, among others, and online at: www.inksweatandtears.co.uk and www.thelakepoetry.co.uk.

Her work has been included in the Bloodaxe anthology Hallelujah for 50ft Women and in the Paper Swans Press anthologies Best of British and Pocket Poetry: Cricket.


Michael spring


Marlborough Downs  

Michael Spring was born in 1953 and grew up in post-war London before moving to the Cotswolds in the mid-1960s. After university, he followed a career in Art teaching in Northumberland and in Oxfordshire. He draws much of the inspiration for his artwork and his writing from his travels and from the natural world.

In ‘Marlborough Downs’ he captures the beauty of the place tinged with the poignancy of the solitary walker.


kenneth spring


The Downs at  Dusk

 Lieutenant Colonel  Kenneth Arthur Spring  OBE   TD  (23 October 1921 – 25 December 1997) was a  British Army officer, artist and co-founder of the  National Youth Theatre of Great Britain. Following active wartime service in the Far East, he became a teacher of Art in South London, and then in Oxfordshire.

His poem ‘The Downs at Dusk’ celebrates the sense of permanence our landscape exuded in 1938, despite the brooding threat of war.


Stephanie Stanton


Before the First Bite

Stephanie Stanton is a former science teacher, now teaching primary in a Medway school. Fairly new to writing poetry, she is an enthusiastic member of the mid-Kent Stanza group, occasionally performing at various open mic venues and has recently had a poem published in The Curlew.

cynthia steele

poetry in translation

Three Poems about Houses

 – translations of the poetry of Pacheco 

Cynthia Steele is Professor Emerita of Comparative Literature at the University of Washington, Seattle. Her translations include Inés Arredondo, Underground Rivers and Other Stories (U of Nebraska P, 1996), José Emilio Pacheco, City of Memory and Other Poems (City Lights, 2001, with David Lauer), and María Gudín, Open Sea (Amazon Crossings, 2018). Her versions of other poems by Pacheco have been published in TriQuarterly, Delos, Agni and Prism. Those of other Latin American poets have appeared in various journals, including Michigan Quarterly Review, Washington Square Review, Southern Review, New England Review, and ANMLY.

paul stephenson


 The Village Show 

Paul Stephenson grew up in Cambridge and studied modern languages. He has published three pamphlets: Those People (Smith/Doorstop, 2015), The Days that Followed Paris (HappenStance, 2016) and Selfie with Waterlilies  (Paper Swans Press, 2017). He co-curates Poetry in Aldeburgh and interviews poets at:


Twitter: @stephenson_pj

Instagram: paulstep456


richard stillman


Volume 5

83 Shirley, Hampshire

RIchard Stillman is an English teacher whose poetry has appeared on the Poetry Society blog and has been published in anthologies and online. He is represented by Peters, Fraser and Dunlop, although as he has not yet written a published novel, he is unsure why. A trustee of the Winchester Poetry Festival, he is interested in promoting local poetry and literature.


paul summers



Paul Summers is a Northumbrian poet who has recently returned to the North East of England after a five-year stint in Central Queensland. His poems have appeared widely in print for almost three decades and he has performed his work all over the world. He was a founding co-editor of the ‘leftfield’ UK magazines Billy Liar and Liar Republic, he has also written for TV, film, radio, theatre and collaborated many times with artists and musicians on mixed-media projects and public art. His latest collection is straya, published by Smokestack Books in April 2017. Previous collections include: primitive cartography, union (new & selected); Three Men on the Metro; big bella’s dirty cafe; cunawabi and the last bus.


susan taylor


  No Waters More Clear


Susan Taylor began writing in her teens in the idyllic setting of her family farm in the Lincolnshire Wolds – Tennyson country. An ex-shepherd, she has become rather a turncoat now, with much sympathy for the plight of the wild wolf. She has seven published poetry collections, including ‘Temporal Bones’, published by Oversteps Books in July 2106.
Susan is a keen performer of her poetry and has developed and toured many collaborative poetry shows, including ‘La Loba – Enchanting the Wild’ and ‘The Weather House’, which appeared as an Indigo Dreams Poetry Pamphlet in 2017.


don Thompson


 Down here…   

Don Thompson has been writing about the San Joaquin Valley for over fifty years, including a dozen or so books and chapbooks.  For more info and links to publishers, visit his website at



MC Thompson



MC Thompson is originally from South London but now lives in Gosport on the south coast of Hampshire. She is an Anglican Priest and shares her Vicarage with a menagerie of rescue animals. When not trying to run the Parish, she is usually to be found tramping through fields, talking to horses or falling off her bicycle. This is her first published poem.


mark totterdell




Mark Totterdell’s poems have appeared widely in magazines including Agenda, Envoi, Magma, The Rialto and Stand, and have won competitions. His collections are This Patter of Traces (Oversteps Books, 2014) and Mapping (Indigo Dreams Publishing, 2018).


serena trowbridge



Serena Trowbridge reads a lot of poetry but has only recently started (admitting to) writing it. She lives in Worcestershire where she does a lot of walking and cloud-watching, and in her spare time, she is a lecturer in English Literature at Birmingham City University.


keith tucker



Keith Tucker is an Oxfordshire-based poet who through the mentorship of Elaine Baker has returned to poetry after many, many years in the creative wilderness. Because of his Anglo-Welsh-Canadian background a lot of his work explores identity and belonging as well as relationship and intimacy. In his day job he supports adults with autism and learning disabilities to use poetry and creative writing for self-expression, communication, and advocacy.

thomas tyrrell



Thomas Tyrrell has recently completed his PhD thesis, ‘Remapping Milton: Place, Space and Influence 1700-1800’. He was awarded the 2017 Terry Hetherington Young Writers Award for poetry and lives in Cardiff.

ruth e. walker


Ansel’s Winter on the Merced: Black and White Photograph 1938

Award-winning writer Ruth E. Walker’s first short story submission won $1,000 and publication in Canadian Living magazine. With poetry and fiction in Canadian, U.S. and U.K. journals, Ruth hasn’t looked back since. Her novel Living Underground is in second printing, she’s a sought-after editor, popular workshop leader, and facilitates writing retreats at lakeside locations.



rob walton

flash fiction

Lucky for Some 


Rob Walton grew up in Scunthorpe and now lives in North Shields. His short fiction and poetry for adults and children appear in various magazines and anthologies. His flashes have been published by 101 words (US), Bangor Literary Journal, Blue Fifth Review (US), Flash Frontier (NZ), Ham, Ink, Sweat & Tears, Number Eleven, National Flash Fiction Day anthologies, Paper Swans, Popshot, Pygmy Giant, Reflex, Spelk and others. He is a past winner and current judge of the UK’s National Flash Fiction Day micro-fiction competition.

angela ward


Two Metres Away

Leaf Spirit

 It’s a Flower on Chalk  


Angela Ward is co-owner of Butterfly Cottage Garden Plants. Previously she worked for the NHS. She is a qualified Psychodynamic Counsellor. Angela has been writing poetry for thirty years. Until recently, her poems languished in a cardboard box in her spare room!



Irene Watson


The Curlew 

Irene Watson is a mid-career artist, poet and art teacher. She uses text and poetry within her work and this has been exhibited in pop-up community spaces in Scotland and exhibited in America and New Zealand. Irene has collated poetry anthologies written with adults with disabilities and has co-written touring plays. Recently, her poems have been published online and in anthologies. She is currently collating her first poetry pamphlet.

anthony watts


 On the Towpath 

Anthony Watts has been writing ‘seriously’ for over 40 years.  He has won prizes in poetry competitions and has had poems published in many magazines and anthologies.  His latest collection is The Shell-Gatherer (Oversteps).  His main interests are poetry, music, walking and binge thinking – activities which he finds can be happily combined.



anthony watts


 On the Towpath 

Anthony Watts has been writing ‘seriously’ for over 40 years.  He has won prizes in poetry competitions and has had poems published in many magazines and anthologies.  His latest collection is The Shell-Gatherer (Oversteps).  His main interests are poetry, music, walking and binge thinking – activities which he finds can be happily combined.



david webb


Seven Sisters 

David Webb writes stories and poems, some of which have been published.  Short stories have featured in Hauntings (a ghost story anthology published by Hic Dragones); Sein und Werden magazine; The Casket of Fictional Delights and The Dime Show Review.  Poems have appeared in Life is a Roller Coaster (poetry anthology); The Pre-Raphaelite Society Review, and This England Magazine.

sarah westcott


  Filthy Little Stream 

Mayflower Rising

Sarah Westcott is a freelance writer and former journalist, currently working as poetry tutor at City Lit in London. Her first collection Slant Light, published by Pavilion Poetry, was Highly Commended in the 2017 Forward Prizes and she is working very slowly towards her next book. Her pamphlet Inklings was a Poetry Book Society choice. Her poems have appeared in magazines including Poetry Review, POEM and Magma, on beermats, billboards and the side of buses, and in anthologies including Best British Poetry. Recent awards are first prize in the London Magazine poetry prize and the Manchester Cathedral poetry prize. Sarah grew up in north Devon, on the edge of Exmoor, and lives in Kent with her family.


helen whitten


 Walk to Wardour Castle with Stevie Smith


Helen Whitten is a writer and prize-winning poet. She is the winner of the Elmbridge Literary Festival Adult Poetry Prize 2014 and the Winchester Writers’ Festival 2013 Poetry Prize. Her poem ‘Fantasy Life’ was Highly Commended in the Elmbridge Literary Festival 2016 and her poem ‘Moonfleet’ was Highly Commended in the Winchester Writers’ Festival 2014. Her first collection of poetry, The Alchemist’s Box was published by Morgan’s Eye Press in 2015. Helen has had her work published in a broad range of journals and anthologies, including Orbis, Acumen, Loose Muse, South Bank Poetry, Poetry in the Afternoon, and the Winchester Writers’ Festival Almanac.

Visit: her poetry website www.babyboomerpoetry.com

Helen’s YouTube poetry channel

Thinking Aloud blog www.helenwhitten.com

Louise wilford



Yorkshirewoman Louise Wilford is a teacher and writer who has had poems and short stories published in a wide variety of journals including Southword, The Stinging Fly, Acumen, Agenda, Orbis, OWP, Lyonnesse, Pushing Out The Boat and Tears In The Fence. She is currently working on a children’s fantasy novel and is about to embark on an MA in Creative Writing.

patrick williamson


 The Glosters Return 


Patrick Williamson lives near Paris, France. His latest collections are Beneficato (English-Italian, Samuele Editore, 2015), Hold your tongue (Harmattan, 2014), Gifted (Corrupt Press, 2014), and Nel Santuario (Samuele Editore, 2013; Menzione speciale della Giuria in the XV Concorso Guido Gozzano, 2014). He is the editor and translator of The Parley Tree, An Anthology of Poets from French-speaking Africa and the Arab World (Arc Publications, 2012), and translated notably Tahar Bekri, Gilles Cyr, Guido Cupani and Erri de Luca.

Photo by Dino Ignani

Karen Wolf


 To a Felled Tree


Karen Wolf has been published in Smokey Blue Literary and Art Magazine, The Wagon Magazine, Oasis Journal, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, The Bookends Review, The Drunken Llama, Blynkt, Raw Dog Press, Street Light Press, Lady Blue Literary Arts Journal, Ripcord Magazine and many others. Her chapbook, THAT’S JUST THE WAY IT IS, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2018.


Sue wrinch


Stockbridge Downs


Sue Wrinch is a poet and organiser/presenter of Loose Muse for writers at Winchester Discovery Centre. Her first poetry collection, Down By Wild Water, was published in 2015. Her poems are in numerous anthologies: 154 Poems By 154 Contemporary Poets, (Live Canon, 2016); The Woven Tale Press Vol. IV: and a poetic dialogue with Dr Richard Brown, Leads to Leeds.

Poems have been highly commended and also won second prize in the Elmbridge Poetry Competition and commissioned by Live Canon for the Pink Floyd Exhibition at the V&A. Sue was director of the UK-India Festival of Words in 2017. She is currently working on her second collection.



stella wulf




Stella Wulf’s poems have appeared in Obsessed With Pipework, The High Window, Riggwelter, Prole, Ink Sweat & Tears, The New European, The Sentinel Quarterly (placed third in their 2013 competition), and other publications. Anthologies include The Very Best of 52three drops from a cauldron, Clear Poetry, NILVX A Book Of Magic, and #MeToo. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University. Stella is co-editor of 4Word Press who published her first pamphlet, After Eden, in May 2018.


steve xerri


Hoverfly Observing

  Feather and Shell 

On Slicing a Quince


Steve Xerri has been a teacher, musician and designer. He was Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year 2017 and has been published in numerous print and online magazines. His first pamphlet Mutter/Land was recently brought out by Oystercatcher Press, from whose site it may be ordered http://www.oystercatcherpress.com


jeffrey yamaguchi


Lone Tree on Abandoned Pier


Jeffrey Yamaguchi creates projects with words, photos, and video as art explorations, as well as through his work in the publishing industry.



jo young


Jazz Fox  


Jo Young is a winner of the 2017 Ink Sweat &Tears/Café Writers Pamphlet Commission Competition and her first pamphlet ‘Firing Pins’ (November 2019) is published by IS&T Press. She lives in York with her young family and has served in the Army for over 20 years. Jo’s poetry has appeared in several anthologies and publications.

kate young


Planet Zero

Shades of Summer

   No Ordinary Apothecary  


Kate Young is a semi-retired teacher living in Kent. Her poetry has been published in webzines including Nitrogen House, Nine Muses Poetry and Ekphrastic Review. She particularly enjoys responding to Ekphrastic challenges as she also loves Art and painting. Kate is presently working on her pamphlet ‘Turning Stones Over’.

Find her on Twitter: @Kateyoung12poet