Tom Rudd (Anxious Anarchist Poetry) is a disabled queer punk poet based in York. Their work focuses on the ideas of mental health, identity, grief and the importance of cuddles. Tom’s mercenary style of poetry has led to them winning the Stanza Slam and being a runner up at the Your Place Slam.
Their passions include Dungeons & Dragons, hand holding and the destruction of capitalism.
Nina Telegina is a writer and performer who believes in the narrative power of poetry. Her story-poems often feature a cast of unlikely characters: space pirates, anthropomorphic farts, and the occasional manic animal. While Nina’s work tends toward the lyrical and the humorous, she is constantly exploring new forms.
Cat Howe is an educator, poet and musician from Southend-on-Sea, Essex. She is an English teacher by day and writer by night. Catherine lives with her young son, partner and two cats near the seaside.
Angela Dye is a poet, novelist, script-writer, teacher, part-time journalist and full-time artistic dynamo, published in various anthologies and magazines. Her first collection, a collaboration with Matt Chamberlain, “The Echo Chamber” was released in March 2018 through Whisky & Beards.
Connor Sansby is a Poet, Author, Festival Producer and Editor-in-Chief for Whisky & Beards Publishing. Since 2013, Connor has performed across the South of England, from London to Margate, and almost everywhere in between.
As a producer he has worked with national talent, as part of the Margate Bookie and as Poet-in-Residence for Tom Thumb Theatre.
His work touches on themes of cultural waste, depression and the uncomfortable in the everyday.
Penny Tigerlily Lane is a Kent based spoken word artist and the creator and host of Dead Island Poets Society, a monthly spoken word social event and performance night. A powerful voice, Penny is a veteran of the spoken word scene and a dynamic performer. Her poetry is that of red wine, heartache and dogs.
West-country born, the beautiful, sometimes mythical landscape and not-so-beautiful realities of growing up in Cornwall have influenced Laura’s poetry throughout their childhood, as a way to express themself in a way that no other medium quite could. Empowering on both a general and individual level, their work focuses on giving strength to the female voice in society.