Laurence Binyon (1869-1943) was considered by many of his contemporaries to be one of the leading poets of his generation. He was also an eminent art historian, with a specialist interest in Chinese and Japanese art. After studying at the University of Oxford he worked at the British Museum for forty years, latterly as Keeper of Prints and Drawings . . .
Mary Borden (1886 - 1968) was born in Chicago, the daughter of a wealthy silver prospector who died when Mary was twenty, leaving her independently wealthy. She studied Liberal Arts at Vassar College in New York. In 1913 she moved to London and later that year was arrested during a Suffragette demonstration, having smashed a window of the Treasury. When war broke out in 1914 she used her wealth to establish a field hospital for French soldiers on the Somme . . .
John Burnside is one of the UK's foremost poets. His 2011 collection, Black Cat Bone, won both the Forward prize and the T.S. Eliot Prize . . .
David Harsent is an acclaimed poet, librettist, novelist and script writer. In 2014 he won the T.S. Eliot Prize for Fire Songs. In 2012 he was awarded the Griffin International Poetry Prize for Night. In 2005 he received the Forward Prize for Legion. Recent collections include Salt (Faber, 2017), Loss (Faber, 2020) and Homeland: Eighteen Bitter Songs: Versions of Yannis Ritsos (Rack Press, 2021).
Fran Lock is the author of numerous chapbooks and nine poetry collections, most recently Hyena! Jackal! Dog! (Pamenar Press, 2021).
Nicola Nathan has published widely in magazines, with poems in Poetry London, One Hand Clapping, The Edinburgh Review. Ambit, Agenda and Wild Court.
Her first poetry pamphlet, Tiny, was published by The Next Review in 2016.
John Pudney (1909-1977) grew up on a farm in Buckinghamshire and left school at sixteen to train as an estate agent and surveyor.
His first book of poems was published in 1933, shortly after which he worked for BBC Radio. At the outbreak of the Second World War he joined the Royal Air Force as an Intelligence Officer . . .
Alan Sillitoe (1928 ‑ 2010) grew up in Nottingham, leaving school at the age of fourteen to work in the local Raleigh bicycle factory. In 1945 he joined the RAF as a wireless operator and was posted to Malaya, though after contracting tuberculosis he was invalided out . . .