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Martin Kay has produced the photographs accompanying the poems. The photograph of Sara Comuzzo is by multi-disciplinary artist Natalia Bondarenko. Please note that copyrights apply.
Izzy Lamb is an editor and project manager for ISTE, a scientific book publisher in London. In 2016, she graduated from Edge Hill University with a degree in Creative Writing.
Michael Bartholomew-Biggs is a semi-retired mathematician who is now poetry editor of the on-line magazine London Grip. He has published four collections and five chapbooks, the latest of which are, respectively, Poems in the Case (Shoestring 2018) – which combines poetry with a murder mystery – and The Man Who Wasn’t Ever Here (Wayleave 2017) – which speculates about the life of his Irish grandfather. With Nancy Mattson he organises the Poetry in the Crypt reading series in North London.
Roger Suffling is a Canadian ecologist who finds wilderness in the city neighbourhood and humanity in wilderness. His recent non-scientific work has appeared in Alternatives Journal and Shot Glass.
Gerry Stewart is a poet, creative writing tutor and editor based in Finland. Her poetry collection Post-Holiday Blues was published by Flambard Press, UK. In 2019 she won the ‘Selected or Neglected Collection Competition’ with Hedgehog Poetry Press for her collection Totems. Her writing blog can be found at http://thistlewren.blogspot.fi/ and @grimalkingerry on Twitter.
Angela Kirby was born Lancashire but now lives in London. Her five collection are published by Shoestring Press. She has an MA and a D.Phil in Creative Writing from Sussex University.
Anthony Watts has been writing ‘seriously’ for over 40 years. He has won prizes and had poems published in magazines and anthologies. His latest collection is Stiles https://www.paekakarikipress.com/?content=publications.php . Anthony’s main interests are poetry, music and walking.
Chris McDermott is a priest, mediator and trainer with a professional background in conflict resolution and communication skills. Although he has lived in Zimbabwe, South Africa and the USA, he has spent most of his working life in a multi-faith environment in Newham and Redbridge. He is now lead chaplain at the University of Sussex.
Sara Comuzzo was born in Udine in 1988. She has lived in Canada, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, Africa, Ireland and England. She won the Valerio Gentile prize with her short story collection Dove nessuno puo cadere. Her latest collection of poems is Una Bellezza Lontana (A Distant Beauty). Sara’s poems in this issue are translated by Jeremy Page.