• Alex Vellis

    Alex Vellis is an award winning poet, published  author, and playwright from Canterbury, Kent. He is  the poet in residence for Wise Words Festival (Kent), the Eleto Chocolate Café, and Canterbury Connected (BID). (more…)

  • Jocelyn Mosman

    Jocelyn holds a B.A. in English and Politics from Mount Holyoke College. She has been published in numerous anthologies and literary magazines in both the U.S. and the U.K. (more…)

  • Sadie Davidson

    Sadie Davidson is a former stripper and recovering addict turned writer, performance poet, and poetry slam champion. Her poems have been published in a number of books and anthologies and she has performed at many music, book and literary festivals. (more…)


  • Angela Dye

    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.

    She is assistant editor for Confluence magazine, mentor on the Wordsmithery writer development programme, founder of Kent’s ‘Wanted: Dead or Alive’ poetry events and curator of community festivals. She runs writing workshops in Faversham and regularly reads her own work at venues around Kent. She currently has three poetry books in development.


  • Connor Sansby

    Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Whisky and Beards Publishing, author, screenwriter, essayist and poet. Connor comes from the seaside world of Margate, captivated by the oddities of the world (“Anything that makes the world seem magic”), his work covers the occult and underground culture to disenfranchised fiction and self-eviscerating poetry. (more…)

  • Laura Kestrel

    A West-country girl at heart, the beautiful, sometimes mythical landscape and not-so-beautiful realities of growing up in Cornwall have influenced Laura’s poetry throughout her childhood, as a way to express herself in a way that no other medium quite could. Empowering on both a general, and individual level, she focuses on giving strength to the female voice in society. (more…)

  • Matt Chamberlain

    Matt Chamberlain has previously published five poetry collections (one a collaboration with Spreken) and featured in various magazines, journals and anthologies. “The Echo Chamber“, a collaboration with Angela Dye, is his first through Whisky & Beards.

    He is a three time winner of the international Poetry Pulse competition and, closer to home, he has held both the H. E. Doust and Alice E. Wright trophies for spoken performance. His work has featured on CD, radio and film. He regularly performs at a range of live performance events, from open mic nights to literary events, festivals to charity fundraisers. He was the first festival laureate for the Vicar’s Picnic music festival.

    Twitter: martinlatchbeam


  • Penny Tigerlily Lane

    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. (more…)

  • Sam Rapp

    Sam Rapp is a Sussex-born writer and dyslexia activist. She performs around the country as “Sam Rapp, The Dyslexic Poet”
    Her work has seen her win various awards, including the Positive About Dyslexia competition in 2018. “Rant: Dyslexic Me” is her first collection.  (more…)


  • Edward Hatfield

    Since he was a child, Edward has had an all-consuming passion for languages, especially the archaic and obscure. Beginning self-studying ancient Egyptian at age 12,  shortly followed by Latin, Ancient Greek, basic Welsh and Scottish Gaelic. By the end of college, his word-horde also included French, Old English, Old Norse and basic Dutch. (more…)

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