Guest Writers

This page, in common with MORE GUESTS and EVEN MORE GUESTS, features the work of a number of poets and prose writers.

Click the black buttons above the short biography of each guest writer to see a sample of work.

   Carole is the proud owner of a computer and a BA Hons. She is also Coordinator of Liverpool's Dead Good Poets Society and is the long-serving Editor of ORBIS, the renowned international literary journal. 

   Having written enough poems over the years to fill drawers, Carole's work has appeared in magazines, anthologies and online, including Ambit; Acumen; IRON and Poetry Life.    


   Recommendations: Envoi; ORBIS; Writing Women; Smoke; The Interpreter's House; The New Writer; Podium IV; Electric Acorn; Radio Merseyside; BBC Poem of the Month.

   Born and brought up in Banbury, Oxfordshire. Educated at St. David's University College Lampeter, King's College London and Wolverhampton Polytechnic. After passing everything but the medical for R.A.F. pilot training, and becoming disenchanted with Academe, tried hand at numerous jobs - Iron foundry charge hand, teacher, warehouse clerk, accountant, salesman - usually with a conspicuous lack of success. Stumbled into nursing in 1981, been there ever since.

Writing, principally short fiction, published in Cambrensis, Beyond the Boundaries, New Welsh Review and Planet, with other ephemera in Radical Wales and the New Statesman. Winner (amongst others) of the 1995 Rhys Davies award for short fiction. Some stories broadcast on B.B.C. Radio. Currently working on a series of sci-fi stories for publication in Rumania, and on a number of dramatic productions for stage, T.V. and video.

   Gwyneth lived for many years in Paris. Initially, she wrote mainly stage plays, with small productions in the USA. Then a number of her stories and poems appeared in British magazines and were published by Pipers' Ash in two collections: Augmented Seventh and After Gladys Adams. The story given here, Of Yore, was first published in Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque, and was then included in another collection, Henry's Navy-Blue Hair, from Pipers' Ash.

   Petru Iamandi (b. Galatz, Romania). Associate Professor at the University of Galatz, specialising in English and Romanian literature, with special reference to speculative fiction. Has translated many volumes from English to Romanian, others from Romanian to English, and has edited or co-edited several other books. Is also the author of an English-Romanian dictionary and has co-written a number of text books for students of English. Has placed numerous English-Romanian translations of essays, poetry, fiction and articles in Romania and many of his translations have appeared in the UK and the USA.

   Stephen Oliver is an Australasian poet and author of 18 books. He has been published worldwide, in English and in translation. Newly released is GONE: Satirical Poems: New & Selected, Greywacke Press, Canberra, 2016. Click HERE to read a review on Antipodes Journal. A poem, Ballad of Miss Goodbar, taken from this new collection and presented as a video poem read by the author, can be found on YouTube - click HERE. In 2017 Manifesto: A Political Anthology, edited by Emma Neale and Philip Temple, will be published by Otago University Press.

   The Find is from his 2001 collection Night of Warehouses.
[A video poem version can be seen by clicking

   Matías was founding co-editor of the multilingual literary review La Carta de Oliver. He has written for the Buenos Aires Herald translated into Spanish Iain Sinclair's novel White Chappell, Scarlet Tracings. Publications include Fagans - El viaje y los viaje, Studio and Diarios y miniaturas, (Simurg, 1999). A number of poems and prose writings have been published in the UK.

   Matthew developed an interest in writing from an early age and drew inspiration from the landscape of the Peak District in North Staffordshire where he spent much of his young adult life. The work of Ted Hughes has also been a big influence. He continues to write poetry about nature, landscapes and, in particular, rivers. Matthew is passionate about walking and fishing from where he draws much of his inspiration to write. His published work includes material in Envoi and Seam.

   Lynne's first poems were published when she was sixteen (Firewords, Jonathan Cape). Her poems have appeared in magazines as far apart as Iota and the South Wales Review in Australia. She has won six poetry competitions, including the prestigious Afan Poetry Prize in 1997. Her book, A Postcard from Porthcawl was published in 1998.

   Trained as a journalist in St Albans, Lynne has had numerous articles and short stories published in the UK and Ireland. For several years she adjudicated for the late lamented South Wales Miners' Eisteddfod.

    She taught Creative Writing for Cardiff University for a while, but found it incompatible with actually having any time to write. Her part of the Great Cardiff Poem appeared on a hand thrown pot, and on the toilet door of the Slug and Lettuce pub.

   Chris Williams was born in the Rhondda Fach and worked as a librarian. He has had poems published in The Yellow Crane, Roundyhouse, Iota and Outlaw, and was an active member of Red Poets. Stories have been published in Cambrensis and Antares, the last in Romanian. While considering himself to be primarily a poet, he also writes short stories and reviews. He is not really a giant ant person.