Tearmann, Roscam, Galway, Ireland
Ennistymon, Co. Clare, Ireland. Graduate NUI Galway BA in
English & Philosophy MA in Education. Currently
Teacher of English.
Stephen Oliver b. 1950. Grew in Brooklyn-west, Wellington, New Zealand. Author of six major collections of poetry, including: Night of Warehouses: Poems 1978-2000, HeadworX Publishers, 2001. One year Magazine Journalism course, Wellington Polytechnic. Radio NZ Broadcasting School. Casual Radio Actor. Lived in Paris, Vienna, London, San Francisco, Greece and Israel. Signed on with the radio ship, The Voice of Peace¹ broadcasting in the Mediterranean out of Jaffa. Free lanced as production voice, newsreader, announcer, voice actor, journalist, copy and features writer. Poems widely represented in New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, USA, UK, South Africa, Canada, etc. Recently published, DEADLY POLLEN, a poetry chapbook, Word Riot Press, (USA) 2003. Forthcoming: a CD of poems titled: KING HIT - Selected Readings written and read by Stephen Oliver to original music composed by Matt Ottley, for international release. Stephen is a transtasman poet and writer who lives in Sydney. http://people.smartchat.net.au/~sao/
I am a retired Headteacher, now working as an editor & reviewer of poetry for magazines. I help to run SOUTH Poetry Magazine, one of the longest running poetry magazines in England.
I have been writing poetry all of my adult life. My first success came with a prize-winning poem in a National Poetry Competition. This gave me the confidence to submit my work more widely, leading to regular publication of my work in many of the leading poetry magazines.
My first collection, CLOSE TO THE EDGE was published in 1996 & won the prestigious ROSEMARY ARTHUR AWARD.
My second collection of poetry, SHORT STORIES : SUBURBAN LIVES (Bluechrome), deals with the difficulties and loneliness of the many people… “trapped in dark suburbia, just trying to survive.”
My work has been included in many anthologies, on Internet sites & broadcast on national & local radio in the UK. My poetry has been translated into several European languages and has appeared in anthologies published in a number of different countries.
Gloucester born, I have lived and worked in Berkshire for many years. My family and I lived in Maidenhead for over 20 years, both of my sons being educated at Desborough School. We still maintain many contacts with the town.
Living in semi-rural Warfield inspired me to record life in this charming parish as a sequence of poems that have formed the basis for my collection, ROUGH MUSIC, which was published by bluechrome in the Autumn of 2006.
A new collection, CHOOSING THE ROUTE, will be published by Indigo Dreams Publishing in October 2010.
Details and examples of my work can be found on my website :
William Oxley was born in Manchester. A poet and philosopher, he has also worked as accountant, part-time gardener, and actor. He divides his time between London and South Devon. His poems have been widely published throughout the world, in magazines and journals as diverse as The New York Times and The Formalist (USA), The Scotsman, New Statesman, The London Magazine, Stand, The Independent, The Spectator and The Observer. Following the publication of a number of his works on the Continent in the ’eighties and ’nineties, he was dubbed ‘Britain’s first Europoet’ He has read his work on UK and European radio and is the only British poet to have read in Shangri-la, (Nepal). Among his recent books of poetry have been Collected Longer Poems (Salzburg University Press, 1994), and Reclaiming the Lyre: New and Selected Poems (Rockingham Press, 2001). A former member of the General Council of the Poetry Society, he is consultant editor editor of Acumen. The founder of the Long Poem Group, he co-edits its newsletter; and in 1999 his autobiography No Accounting for Paradise came from Rockingham Press. He was Millennium Year poet-in-residence for Torbay in Devon. A limited edition print employing lines from his epic, A Map of Time, was chosen by the Dept. of Cartography, University of Wisconsin to use, with appropriate illustration, in their Annual Broadsheet for 2002. Another of his long poems, Over the Hills of Hampstead, was awarded first prize by the on-line long poem magazine, Echoes of Gilgamesh. He has co-edited the anthology Modern Poets of Europe (Spiny Babbler, Nepal 2004); and in the autumn of 2004, Hearing Eye published Namaste his Nepal poems, a study of his poetry, The Romantic Imagination, came out in 2005 from Poetry Salzburg; and a fine limited edition of his Poems Antibes was launched in December 2006 in France. In 2008 he received the Torbay ArtsBase Award for Literature. Rockingham Press published Sunlight in a Champagne Glass in 2009. His work is featured on various websites, including www.poetrypf.co.uk and www.creativetorbay.com.