Happy World Poetry Day to Rachel, Kate, Diane & Sandra!

Rachel Davies   Poetry completes Rachel as salt and vinegar completes fish and chips. She finds her inspiration in observing people and eavesdropping on their conversations. She is published in several anthologies and magazines including The New Writer, Best of Manchester Poets, Envoi and Obsessed with Pipework. She has an MA in Creative Writing from MMU, where she was tutored by some of the best poets in the UK, including Carol Ann Duffy. She is co-ordinator of the East Manchester and Tameside Poetry Society Stanza, featured on BBC Radio 4’s Poetry Workshop in Autumn 2012, in which her poem ‘I  Watford Gap’ was work-shopped. She is on the Advisory Committee of the prestigious Manchester-based Poets and Players. A retired Primary School Headteacher, she lives in Saddleworth with her partner Bill and her cat, Manjo. She is mother, grandmother, great-grandmother; and all this before she has even come of age!

Kate Hutchinson teaches English and is Fine and Performing Arts Coordinator at a large high school in suburban Chicago. A chapbook of her poetry, The Gray Limbo of Perhaps, (Finishing Line Press) was published in 2012. Kate’s poems have also appeared in over twenty literary magazines, including Shenandoah, The Dos Passos Review, and Passager, and have won two national contests, one of which earned her a Pushcart nomination. Her personal essays have been published in several books and literary magazines, including a memoir piece at Whistling Fire online. For fun, she dabbles with a blog, Life on Both Sides of the Window.

Diane Jackman’s poetry has appeared in magazines and anthologies, including The Rialto, Outposts, and Words-Myth. She was winner of the Liverpool Poetry Festival competition 2006. She wrote the libretto for Pinocchio, a music theatre piece for the Kings’ Singers and London Symphony Orchestra performed at The Barbican, has published seven children’s books and many stories. She is currently working on a football-based children’s book with her son as technical advisor. She lives in Norfolk.

Sandra L Ireland is in the final year of a joint honours degree in English and Creative Writing at the University of Dundee. To date, her work has been included in two poetry anthologies, in Dundee Writes and in New Writing Dundee. Sandra also writes for women’s magazines and her stories have been read out at the Byre Theatre, St Andrews and at the Winter Words Festival, Pitlochry. A paranormal novella, Foxfire, was published as an e-book in December 2012. Sandra lives in Carnoustie, Scotland, where she runs ‘Scribblers,’ a fun and informal writing group for beginners.