Heidi Williamson is a poet, writing tutor and mentor. She studied poetry and prose at the UEA and regularly works in schools, museums, private companies, as a writer-in-residence, and with arts and literature organisations throughout the UK.
Helen Ivory is a poet and visual artist. She won an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors in 1999 and is a current judge for the Awards. Her fourth Bloodaxe Books collection is the semi-autobiographical Waiting for Bluebeard (May 2013). She edits the webzine Ink Sweat and Tears and is a tutor for the UEA/National Centre for Writing online creative writing programme. Fool’s World, a collaborative Tarot with artist Tom de Freston (Gatehouse Press) won the 2016 Saboteur Best Collaborative Work award. A book of collage/ mixed media poems Hear What the Moon Told Me was published KFS last year. She was awarded Arts Council funding to work on The Anatomical Venus which will be published by Bloodaxe in April 2019.
Martin Figura’s collection and show Whistle was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award and won the 2013 Saboteur Award for Best Spoken Word Show. He won the Poetry Society’s 2010 Hamish Canham Prize. Shed (Gatehouse Press) and Dr Zeeman’s Catastrophe Machine (Cinnamon Press) were published in 2016. A new edition of Whistle was published by Cinnamon Press in 2018. He’s currently touring the Dr Zeeman’s Catastrophe Machine show, which was short-listed for the Saboteur Best Spoken Word Show.
He’s an experienced tutor and has delivered workshop for numerous clients, including: London Roundhouse, UEA, Change Minds, Writers’ Centre, Norwich and The Poetry School. His essay Everybody Knows The Troubles I’ve Seen is included in the In Their Own Words (Salt Publishing 2012) ed. George Szirtes and Helen Ivory.
Richard Lambert is a poet and novelist, and a graduate of the MA in Creative Writing at UEA. He was the only British writer shortlisted for the international Sunday Times Short Story Prize in 2017 for his story ‘The Hazel Twig and the Olive Tree’, and his unpublished novel, The Wolf Road, was longlisted for The Caledonia Prize. His first poetry collection came out in 2012, and his second poetry collection, The Nameless Places, was shortlisted for the East Anglian Book Awards in 2017. He has had poems published in The Spectator, The Times Literary Supplement, Poetry Review, Poetry Ireland Review, and The Forward Anthology. He works for the NHS and lives in Norwich.