Ian McMillan is one of the UK's best known poets and performers, and hosts weekly hit radio show The Verb, as well as appearing regularly on television and radio, in schools, art centres, theatres and at poetry festivals. He is Poet-in-Residence for The Academy of Urbanism and Barnsley FC, Humberside Police's Beat Poet and a regular on Newsnight Review, The Today Programme and a host of other radio and TV programmes. He featured recently on The South Bank Show. He is the author of eight poetry collections and his latest book is a verse autobiography, Talking Myself Home. His website is www.ian-mcmillan.co.uk.
Jackie Kay was born and brought up in Scotland. Her most recent collection of short stories, Wish I Was Here, won the Decibel British Book Award. She has won the Guardian Fiction Prize for her novel Trumpet, and a Forward Prize for her collection of poetry The Adoption Papers. She is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Newcastle. Her most recent collection of poetry, Darling, New and Selected Poems was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. She was awarded an MBE in 2006. Her most recent collection for children, Red, Cherry Red won the CLPE award. The Lamplighter, her long poem to commemorate the abolition of the slave trade, was published in September 2008 by Bloodaxe. She lives in Manchester with her son.
Richard Price is the Head of Modern British Collections at the British Library and an acclaimed poet who frequently performs his work. He has a wide knowledge of UK small presses, co-running a pamphlet publisher for over a decade, and he is the co-author of British Poetry Magazines 1914-2000: a history and bibliography of 'little magazines'. He has curated exhibitions on Ted Hughes and the Book Arts and on Migrant Press, a groundbreaking pamphlet publisher of the 1960s. As a poet he continues to publish in the pamphlet form, feeling that this is a nuanced means of expression, and he often collaborates with artists (for sculpture, digital installation and artist's books). His longer collections include Greenfields, shortlisted for the Sundial Scottish Arts Council Poetry Prize, and Lucky Day, shortlisted for the Whitbread Poetry Prize. His poetry been translated into French, Finnish, German, Hungarian and Portuguese. His poetry website is www.hydrohotel.net.