- 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…)
- Lucas Howard
Lucas Howard is a rhythm based performance poet, hosting nights across the South East for the past ten years. A lover of words, he has dedicated himself to helping others find their voice and confidence through the medium. (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…)
- Sam Rapp
- Sven Stears
Performer, Poet, Artist and Birdbrain. Sven Stears is a Bristol based polymath. His work draws on the struggles of life. He paints pictures we can all relate to, with hidden messages of hope.(more…)
- Angela Dye
- Cat Howe
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. (more…)
- Connor Sansby
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. (more…)
- Laura Kestrel
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.
- Nina Telegina
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.
Nina’s solo show Llama on the Loose galumphed across on stages around Kent, and her first poetry collection of the same name was released by Whisky & Beards in 2020. She has appeared at a number of festivals in the UK, including Fire in the Mountain in Wales, and has previously won the LicKitySpit and You’re Bard slams in Canterbury, as well as the Margate Bookie Slam.
- 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. 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. (more…)
- Tom Rudd
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. They are the creator and host of Sad Poets Doorstep Club, a mental health poetry night headlined by Sam Grudgings, Alex Vellis, Serin Thomasin, Chris Cambell and Jonathan Kinsman, among others.
From making Charly Cox cry to having poems published in multiple zines and anthologies, Tom has run amok in the Northern poetry scene and is now working on their debut poetry collection “i am a thing of rough edges” for Whisky & Beards Publishing.
- 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…)
- Steven Todd
Steven Todd has had 36 jobs, including 30 years as a postman, but his heart has always been in theatre. He hasn’t a single qualification, and before the kind intervention of Whisky & Beards his scripts were always handwritten. (more…)