Graft Poetry Authors

Andrew Boobier

Andrew Boobier

Andrew's poetry has appeared in magazines and anthologies in the UK, USA and Serbia. Some of his words has been set to music by the musical collective junkyard_seance.

His collection, Reader, help me was published by Graft Poetry in April 2008.

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.

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

Nicholas Bielby

Nicholas Bielby

Nicholas Bielby is a City and Guilds qualified Craftsman Welder in MMA, Gas and Mig and Tig. He went from grammar school in Huddersfield to Cambridge with an Exhibition in English to study under Leavis, but swapped to Moral Sciences. After a time abroad in India and Africa, he spent most of his working life in HE and Teacher Education in Bradford and at Leeds University. He became a nationally recognised expert on reading.

As well as poetry, he's written books on 'the new phonics' and early Tudor poetry and is currently working on the aesthetics of Bible translation and interpretation since 1885.

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.