Chair of the Board of Trustees
Jessica Clark is a publishing lawyer. She worked for Penguin Books for several years, and since 2001 has been in-house counsel for a major academic publishing company which publishes medical and scientific journals, textbooks and reference works. She is also a trustee of the London Legal Support Trust and the Music of Life Foundation.
Trustee & Treasurer
Oliver Rivers is CFO of Tapdaq, an online mobile advertising exchange, FD of BRITDOC Foundation, which supports documentary filmmakers globally, FD of Kamm & Sons, a drinks company, a director of Princi UK, a café business, and a trustee of the Legal Action Group, which campaigns for equal access to justice for all. He studied piano at the Royal College of Music, London, conducting at the Hochschule für Musik, Cologne, and holds an MBA from London Business School.
Louise Bangay trained as an actor at the Drama Studio, London after taking a BA in English & Drama at Hull University and a Post Graduate in Movement and Dance at the Laban Centre, Goldsmith’s College. She co-founded European Stage Company, whose work included British premieres by Vaclav Havel and August Strindberg, and later Damned Poets Theatre Company, committed to staging plays in verse, producing a repertory of five rarely performed Yeats plays, Glyn Maxwell’s first stage play, Shelley’s The Cenci and the British premiere of a specially commissioned and published translation of Corneille’s Horace by Alan Brownjohn at the Lyric. Acting work includes television, film, the West End and the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Sophia Blackwell was born in Newcastle and read English at Oxford, where she started performing poetry in 2003. Since then, she has performed at Glastonbury, Edinburgh and many more of the major festivals. Her first poetry collection, Into Temptation, was published in 2009 and her novel, After My Own Heart, in 2012.
Sophia has worked in marketing within the publishing industry for over ten years and has experience in managing and promoting trade, academic and professional titles and a background in digital content marketing and publicity.
Isobel Dixon grew up in South Africa, where her debut poetry collection Weather Eye won the Olive Schreiner Prize. She completed her post-graduate study in Edinburgh and works in London, where she is a director of the Blake Friedmann Literary Agency. Her further collections are A Fold in the Map and The Tempest Prognosticator and she co-wrote and performed in The Debris Field, a multi-media show about the RMS Titanic. Her work has been recorded for The Poetry Archive and in 2016 Mariscat will publish a pamphlet The Leonids and Nine Arches will publish her new collection, Bearings.
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Kathryn Maris, a poet from New York City who has lived in London since 1999, is the author of two collections: The Book of Jobs (Four Way Books, 2006) and God Loves You (Seren, 2013). She has won a Pushcart Prize, an Academy of American Poets award, and fellowships from Yaddo, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and the Hawthornden Castle. Her poems have appeared in Poetry Review, Poetry London, Slate, Poetry, The Spectator, The Financial Times, The Guardian, as well as in many anthologies, including Best British Poetry 2012, Dark Matter: Poems of Space and the Oxford Poets Anthology. Formerly a Listings Editor at Poetry London, she now teaches creative writing at the Poetry School in London, and writes essays, reviews and interviews for British and American publications.
Mali Morris RA is a painter. She was born in North Wales, studied Fine Art at Newcastle University and the University of Reading, and has lived and worked in London since the early 1970s. She is a Founder Member of the artist-run charity Art in Perpetuity Trust, and in 2010 was elected to the Royal Academy of Arts. She has exhibited worldwide in over thirty solo shows and many group exhibitions, and is represented in private and public collections including Arts Council England, British Council, Contemporary Arts Society, Government Art Collection, and Museum of Wales, Cardiff. In 2013 she was Selector/Mentor for Jerwood Painting Fellowships, and in 2014 a Selector at the John Moores Painting Prize China in Shanghai. Her enjoyment of poetry dates from the mid 1960s, when as a student she heard readings by Basil Bunting, Allen Ginsberg and others at Tom and Connie Pickard’s Morden Tower Book Place, in Newcastle upon Tyne. www.malimorris.co.uk
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Alex Pryce holds a doctorate in contemporary poetry from the University of Oxford. She works in research communications and teaches contemporary literature in Higher Education. She edited Magma Poetry 59, and is a regular reviewer and feature writer for UK literary magazines.
Karen McCarthy Woolf
Karen McCarthy Woolf holds an Arts and Humanities Research Council doctoral scholarship at the University of London, Royal Holloway where she is researching new ways of writing about nature and politics in the face of climate change. Her book An Aviary of Small Birds, published by Oxford Carcanet is A Poetry Book Society Recommendation and Forward Prize Best First Collection nominee. She was the recipient of a Prairie Schooner Glenna Luschei Award in 2015.