Graft Poetry Authors

Andrew Boobier

Andrew Boobier

Andrew's poetry has appeared in magazines and anthologies in the UK, USA and Serbia. He is a composer and currently translating/transforming Dante's Inferno.

His collection, Reader, help me was published by Graft Poetry in April 2008 and his pamphlet Kong King was published in 2017.

Julia Deakin

Julia Deakin

Julia Deakin was born in Nuneaton and teaches at the University of Bradford. Her work is widely published and she has read on Radio 4's Poetry Please. The Half-Mile-High Club was a Poetry Business competition winner and her first collection, Without a Dog (Graft 2008) impressed both Anne Stevenson and Simon Armitage. Julia's second collection, Eleven Wonders was published by Graft Poetry in 2012.

Recent competition wins include the Yorkshire Open, the Torriano, the LIPPfest and the Elmet.

Nicholas Bielby

Nicholas Bielby

From a northern grammar school, Nicholas Bielby went to Cambridge to study English under F. R. Leavis, but later, in frustration, changed to Moral Sciences (philosophy). He taught in India and Nigeria before returning home to teach in primary school and then teacher education. After retiring from Leeds University, he was editor of the poetry magazine, Pennine Platform, for 15 years.

He has written three books on reading and has acted as a consultant to the Government and to several major publishers. In addition, he has published a book on early Tudor poetry and has contributed to other books, including The Edinburgh Companion to the Bible and the Arts, (2014). He has written five previous books of poetry and has won numerous prizes in competitions, including the Arvon International and New Poetry.

Crooked Smoke, published by Graft Poetry in March 2011.

Adam Strickson

Adam Strickson

Trained at Dartington College of Arts (Theatre), Sunderland Polytechnic (Sculpture) and the University of Huddersfield (MA in Poetry), Adam is a poet, librettist and producer. He has been working as a freelance writer for 9 years and is currently Teaching Fellow in Creative Writing (.4) in the School of Performance and Cultural Industries at the University of Leeds.

After an early career as a performer and maker with theatre companies like Horse and Bamboo and Satellite Arts, Adam co-founded Chol Theatre, the pioneering inter-cultural company based in Kirklees, and was artistic director for 13 years until 2002. He led projects throughout the north of England and in India and Bangladesh. He has written plays for the Oldham Coliseum, Peshkar Productions, Chol and an acclaimed trilogy for Burnley Youth Theatre. He has completed four writing and short film commissions for Integreat Yorkshire around regeneration themes.

In 2005, his first collection of poetry, An Indian Rug Surprised by Snow, was published by Wrecking Ball Press (Hull) and he was poet in residence at the Ilkley Literature Festival. In 2006, he was writer in residence for the town of Boston, Lincolnshire and in 2010 schools poet in residence for Bridlington Poetry Festival. He has recently won the Yorkshire Prize in the Yorkshire Open Poetry Competition and has had a poem featured as 'podcast of the week' by 'Anon' and Scottish Poetry Library.

Adam regularly collaborates with composers and his opera, 'Green Angel', was premiered in Leeds in January 2011. His popular poetry readings are often accompanied by South Asian music.

Between now and autumn 2012, Adam is leading Wing Beats, a music-theatre project with the University of Leeds and organisations in the East Riding based on the experience of flight which forms part of the Cultural Olympiad. www.moveand.com

Tear up the lace, published by Graft Poetry in March 2011, is Adam's latest collection.

Chris Bridge

Chris Bridge

Born in Hull in 1947, Chris Bridge studied English (and Philosophy) at Nottingham University. His career has been in teaching, and he eventually became Headteacher of Huntington School, York. In 2006 he was appointed a National Leader of Education. These poems, culled from over fifty years of squeezing poetry between lesson preparation and marking, are an attempt to understand the life he has lived. He explores his experience with an intelligence and sensitivity, an inwardness and honesty that engage the reader.

His first novel Back Behind Enemy Lines was published in 2014. It has received considerable acclaim and was listed for the Historical Novel Society Indie Prize. Chris lives in North Yorkshire and can frequently be found working as a volunteer on the Operations Team for the Yorkshire Arboretum, where he is also a trustee.

Walking Through, published by Graft Poetry in November 2016, is Chris' latest collection.

Jefferson Holdridge

Jefferson Holdridge

Jefferson Holdridge was raised in Connecticut and has travelled widely throughout Italy and Ireland, where he took his PhD at Dublin. Among his publications are two books of poetry, Eruptions (2013) and Devil's Den and Other Poems (2015), and two critical works (one on Yeats and one on Paul Muldoon) and numerous articles on Irish poets. He is Director of Wake Forest University Press and Professor of English at WFU in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

The Sound Thereof, published by Graft Poetry in March 2017, is Jefferson's latest collection.

Pauline Kirk

Pauline Kirk

Pauline Kirk is an author, poet and critic. Six novels and eleven collections of her own poetry have been published. Her latest collection, Time Traveller was launched at an enjoyable Leeds Combined Arts event in November 2017. Three of her novels were written with her daughter as PJ Quinn and three have been published under Pauline's own name: Waters of Time, The Keepers, and Border 7. The latest, Border 7, was published by Stairwell Books in March 2015 (ISBN 978-1-939269-25-6, £10.00) and launched at the York International Women's Week and Literature Festivals. The Keepers is now available as an e-book on Kindle.

Chris Hardy

Chris Hardy

Chris has travelled widely and now lives in London. His poems have been published in Acumen, Agenda, Stand; Pennine Platform; Tears in the Fence; The Interpreter's House; The North; The Rialto; Poetry Salzburg Review; Poetry Review, ink sweat and tears, the blue nib, the compass magazine and many other places.

He is in LiTTLe MACHiNe, performing their settings of poems at literary events in the UK and abroad. 'The most brilliant music and poetry band in the world' (Carol Ann Duffy).

His fourth collection, Sunshine At The End Of The World, was published in 2017 by Indigo Dreams. Roger McGough said about the book, 'A poet as well as a guitarist Chris consistently hits the right note, never hits a false note' and Peter Kennedy, in London Grip says, 'Chris writes vivid, expository poetry often heavy with portent and mystery. Each of these poems is as beautifully muscular and slippery as an eel'.

Kevin Hanson

Kevin hanson

Kevin Hanson was born in 1948 at Catterick military hospital to an English father and an Irish mother. At fourteen, when the family moved to Tanzania, he and a sister remained in England for their education. Kevin joined the Junior Novitiate of the De La Salle Brothers. The four years he spent with them were happy and educative, but from the Church?s perspective disappointing. After a degree in English and American Studies at Hull University, Kevin worked in London for over thirty years. His aversion to callings or career structures produced a varied CV. In his late forties he swapped manual labour for sitting on chairs and undertook an MA on the Eighteenth-Century Novel with the OU.

In 2006, Kevin, now living in Sheffield, took up the writing of poetry intensively and gained the confidence from regular appearances in magazines like Pennine Platform, Prole, The Cannon's Mouth and Sarasvati, to self-publish six collections. He sees The Insect Horizon as a welcome vote of confidence in his work.