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Poetry Rivals 2016 Judges


Mark Grist

Mark Grist


Mark Grist was a judge and host in 2009 - 2016
Mark Grist is a spoken word artist and educator based in Peterborough. He left teaching to explore poetry and his love of words, and now writes poems and shows professionally. You can find out more more about Mark and his work here.
www.markgrist.com | @montygristo


Joshua Seigal

JOSHUA SEIGAL


Joshua Seigal is a poet, performer and workshop leader. He has held residencies at numerous schools, and has performed at places such as the Edinburgh Book Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe. Joshua has been described by The Sunday Times as "very imaginative and wonderful". His poetry books are published by Bloomsbury.

www.joshuaseigal.co.uk | @joshuaseigal


Jenni Bannister

JENNI HARRISON


Jenni joined Young Writers in 2008, became a Young Writers and Poetry Rivals editor in 2010 and then progressed to Editorial Manager a year later. The best thing about this job is seeing the range of creativity from pupils of all ages – the wealth of talent and imagination never fails to delight me. Outside of work I love reading all kinds of fiction (even after reading all day!), playing board games with my friends and most importantly lots of fun time with my young son.


Jenni Bannister

Hannah Jane Walker


Hannah is an award-winning poet, performer and theatre-maker from Essex. Her poems are unexpectedly funny, sharp and conversational. Hannah has extensively toured both the UK and internationally to critical acclaim winning a Fringe First in 2011.

Hannah is also an experienced workshop leader having facilitated a huge range of education and creative writing projects for both adults and young people.


www.hannahjanewalker.co.uk


Past Judges

Ben Mellor

Ben Mellor


Ben is an award-winning writer, performer and educator who has delivered his work in theatres, festivals, schools, colleges and prisons across the UK and abroad. He has co-created a number of solo and collaborative spoken word, music and theatre shows that have toured nationally and internationally.

www.benmellor.net | @mellodramatix


Roger Stevens

Roger Stevens


Roger is a children's author and poet who visits schools, libraries and festivals performing his work and running workshops. His most recent poetry books include What Are We Fighting For (Macmillan Children's Books), The Penguin in Lost Property (Macmillan Children's Books), Off By Heart (A&C Black), an anthology of poems suitable for performance, and I Wish I Had a Pirate Hat (Frances-Lincoln), a book of poems for younger children. Roger runs the Poetry Zone, a website for children and teachers:

www.poetryzone.co.uk | @PoetryZone


Hollie McNish

Hollie McNish


Hollie McNish was a judge in 2009, 2012 & 2013
"Most of my poetry I think is better spoken, so I haven't tried to publish any written stuff. I'm just finishing an album at the moment. I really like hearing poetry spoken, and I listen to a lot more than I read. Both would be good if possible!"


Mixy

Mixy


Mixy was a judge in 2011, 2012 & 2013
Mixy is a local artist from Peterborough who ranges his style from mellow poetry to hard hitting hip hop. One half of the popular double act 'Dead Poets' and member of 'Locality', a collective of urban artists performing and putting on events since 2007. In 2010 as well as Dead Poets having a very successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Mixy claimed the titles of 'Poet Laureate' 'Speakeasy Slam Champ' and 'King Of The Mic' he is also taking a solo show to Edinburgh Festival this year and working on a new album alongside many other projects.


Tim Clare

Tim Clare


Tim Clare was a judge in 2011 - 2013
Tim Clare is an award-winning author, stand-up poet and musician. His memoir, We Can't All Be Astronauts, won the 2009 East Anglian Book Awards, and his latest show, How To Be A Leader, won a Brighton Fringe Best Show award.
Praise for Tim Clare: "without question, one of the most enjoyable hours I have ever spent"
***** Three Weeks


A F Harrold

A F Harrold


a f harrold was a judge in 2009 & 2010
A F Harrold is a multiple slam winner and top UK performance poet, regularly appearing at poetry clubs around the UK and on various radio shows. He’s also a respected published poet with several collections to his name.


Deanna Roger

Deanna Rodger


Deanna rodger was a judge in 2009
"There's nothing worse, in my opinion, than hearing a people-pleaser poem that has no root in life. I think that the ability to transfer feelings, emotion and experience, good and bad, through words is rare and precious and is what writing to perform is about."


Helen Mort

Helen Mort


Helen Mort was a judge in 2011
Helen Mort was born in Sheffield. She has published two pamphlets with tall-lighthouse press, 'the shape of every box' and 'a pint for the ghost' (a Poetry Book Society Choice). From 2010-11 she was the youngest ever poet in residence at The Wordsworth Trust where she published 'Lie of the Land', a sequence partly dealing with the Miners' Strike in South Yorkshire. A full collection, 'Division Street' will be published by Chatto & Windus in 2013. Helen has performed her work at Latitude, the Ledbury Festival, St Anza and in 2010 took her show 'a pint for the ghost' to the Edinburgh Fringe. Five-times winner of the Foyle Young Poets prize, she received an Eric Gregory Award in 2007. She is currently studying towards a PhD at Sheffield University.


Keith Jarrett

Keith Jarrett


Keith Jarrett was a judge in 2010
Keith Jarrett is the Former London & UK SLAM! Championship 2009/10. As well as featuring regularly at Farrago and all over London he's represented the UK in the Poetry World Cup in Paris and reached the finals of the BBC Radio 4 Poetry SLAM! Competition.


Kemi Taiwo

Kemi Taiwo


Kemi Taiwo was a judge in 2010
Kemi Taiwo is a rising star of the London Poetry scene having won Farrago New Year SLAM! And featured at shows all over London.


Mark Niel

Mark Niel


Mark Niel was a judge in 2009 & 2010
Mark Niel is a comic poet and poetry organiser who has won poetry slams all over the UK and set up and hosts Milton Keynes’ successful poetry night¬†Tongue in Chic.


Suli Break

Suli Breaks


Suli Breaks was a judge in 2011
Suli Breaks, has established himself as one of the premier artist within the UK. His first official spoken word video "R.I.P" totalling 25,000 views in its first week. He has featured on BBC ONE London 8pm News and has performed at over 40 universities all over the UK. Has been featured numerous times on Sky TV on the Voxafrica channel, Sky channel 203 and Sky Community Channel.
He came 2nd in the national UK Farrago Slam Championships 2009 and has featured in numerous National publications including The Voice and Flavour magazine.