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Maggie Harris was born in Guyana and lives in the UK. An author, poet, artist and memorist, she has twice won the Guyana Prize for Literature for her poetry, and was the Caribbean winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Her winning story, ‘Sending for Chantal’ is available to read on the Commonwealth Short Story website and is included in her collection Writing on Water. Her poem, ‘On Watching a Lemon Sail the Sea’, was a prizewinner in the Welsh International Poetry Competition. She has performed her work across the UK, Ireland, Europe and the Caribbean, and was International Teaching Fellow at Southampton University. Her poem, ‘Lit by Fire’, about the North Foreland Lighthouse, was commissioned by the BBC for National Poetry Day. Her Selected Poems is available to download from http://thecaribbeanpress.org
Her poetry collections are as follows:
- Limbolands, Mango Publishing, Winner of the Guyana Prize 2000
- From Berbice to Broadstairs, Mango Publishing 2006
- After a Visit to a Botanical Garden, Cane Arrow Publishing, Shortlisted for the Guyana Prize 2010
- Sixty Years of Loving, Cane Arrow Press, Winner of the Guyana Prize 2014
Selected Poems, Guyana Classics 2011
- On Watching a Lemon Sail the Sea, Cane Arrow Press 2019
- Canterbury Tales on a Cockcrow Morning, Cultured Llama 2012
- In Margate by Lunchtime, Cultured Llama 2015
- Writing on Water, Seren 2017
- Kiskadee Girl, Kingston University Press 2011
- Her website is www.maggieharris.co.uk
Derek Sellen lives in Canterbury, UK, and has won many awards including first prizes in Poets Meet Politics, Poetry Pulse, Rhyme International, Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year 2018 and O’Bheal Five Words. He was Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year after winning the international competition in 2018.
His work has also won prizes in Poetry on the Lake, Bristol International Short Story Award and the National Poetry Competition among others. His work has been selected for prizes or commendation by judges including Carol Ann Duffy, Ted Hughes, Bernard O’Donoghue, George Szirtes and many others.
His poems have been widely published in magazines and anthologies, most recently in The Barnet Arts Prize-winners anthology, in Penfro Writers’ ‘Heartlands’ and a forthcoming anthology of responses to the work of George Eliot. Over the years, his work has been included in Arts Council and PEN anthologies, in Poetry Review, The Sunday Telegraph etc.
His collection ‘The Other Guernica’ was published by Cultured Llama Publishing in 2018 and has been favourably reviewed in several places – ‘This is a work of outstanding richness and variety, imagination, thought, storytelling, full of vivid imagery and the pleasures of language.’ Professor Janet Montefiore
Details of his collection can be found at: http://www.culturedllama.co.uk/books/the-other-guernica
His first collection, ‘The Arch and its Shadow’, is still available.
He has also written a range of grammar books for foreign students and abridged readers, published by Black Cat Editorial, Italy.
He has written poetry on topics as diverse as Spanish painters, Korean musicians, a Chinese street vendor and the cave-paintings at Ajanta. He enjoys performing his work and has given or taken part in readings in Canterbury and the local area, in London, Manchester, Cambridge, Bangor, Wales, and abroad in Ireland, Russia, Germany and Italy.
Gian Luigi Marchini is the founder and Chairman of ‘Save As Writers,’ a lively Canterbury-based writers group. He founded this association of poets and other creative writers in 2002 and has ever since been its light and guiding spirit. ‘Save As Writers’ started as a small group of creative people meeting to critique each other’s poetry and prose. Since then, many local writers have relished membership of this friendly and vibrant group, sharing interesting and varied material, whilst appreciating all that the group offers. In addition to this, Luigi Marchini and the other members of ‘Save as Writers’ run renowned international competitions and workshops which attract submissions and attendees from near and far, including India.
Mr. Marchini is not only excellent at mentoring other poets and short story writers and editing their work, which he does very generously, but is also a prize winning and published poet himself having authored The Anatomist, a profoundly moving collection of poems, destined to introduce a very fine poet to a wider readership. Included in its third edition are two new poems : The Blatant Exposure of Internal Organs and History Recalls How Cruel the Flood Can Be.
Mr. Marchini has also authored Ol Donyo Ebor: Climbing the Mountain, another collection of poems based on his trek to the peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Yes, Luigi Marchini is not only an intellectual but also a mountaineer! All the proceeds from the sale of this book went to the charity Dementia Uk. In this his philanthropic spirit may be observed.
He has also been invited to read his poems and to serve as resource person at international events including at the “Noptile De Poezie”, Curtea De Arges, Romania in July 2018 and “Gods, Guns and Globalism: Critical Theories Today and Tomorrow,” a two-day International Seminar organized by the PG Department of English at St. Agnes College, Mangalore, India in February 2018.
Luigi Marchini has been published in too many anthologies to mention and is also an experienced workshop convenor.
Tashi Chophel is a poet and a bureaucrat based in Sikkim. His writings have been featured in the Cordite Poetry Review, IIC Quarterly, Seminar, The Sentinel, Weekend Review, Nagaland Page and Sikkim Now. Anthology appearances include Eastern Muse – Poems from the East and North East India edited by Malsawmi Jacob and Jaydeep Sarangi, Pratik edited by Yuyutsu Sharma and the recent Sahitya Akademi’s Modern English Poetry by Younger Indians edited by Sudeep Sen.
His first collection of poems is How To Collect A Folk Tale
Gumlat Ong Maio
Gumlat Ong Maio has written three novels— Once Upon a Time in College and its sequels Part 2 and Part 3, which form the College trilogy and a collection of cartoons called Cheap Pencil. His second novel was selected among the top three books of the month by Notion Press Editors’ Pick, Chennai in 2017.
He has been honored by the Arunachal Pradesh State Government with the Governor’s Young Achievers Award 2018 for literature. He is also a recipient of the Indian Awaz ‘100 Inspiring Authors of India’ award in the same year.
He is also a cartoonist and his cartoons are regularly uploaded on his Facebook page Once Upon a Time Somewhere which has over 24,000 followers and has been visited over eight million times by Facebook users after some of the cartoons went viral. He works as a Medical Officer under the Arunachal Pradesh State government.
He is a member of North-East Writers’ Forum and Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society.