Colin Brown has a background in poetry, literature, disability arts, community education and counselling. Director of Poetry Can from 2003 to 2018, Colin has organised a wide range of poetry activities, including over twenty poetry festivals. He has helped to support and develop the work of hundreds of poets across the UK and the rest of the world. He’s worked closely with Arts Council England, Bristol City Council, Bath and North East Somerset Council, and South Gloucestershire Council to develop significant poetry projects across the region, and with Bristol University, the University of the West of England, Bath University, Bath Spa University, schools, organisations and groups to develop poetry activities in the community.
Deborah Harvey is a poet and novelist. Her three poetry collections, Communion (2011), Map Reading for Beginners (2014), and Breadcrumbs (2016), are published by Indigo Dreams, while her historical novel, Dart, appeared under their Tamar Books imprint in 2013. Her fourth collection, The Shadow Factory, will be published in autumn 2019.
Deborah runs workshops, judges competitions, and has read at many poetry festivals and events. Her poems have been widely published in magazines and anthologies, and broadcast on Radio 4’s Poetry Please. Her poems have won many prizes, including the 2018 Plough Prize Short Poem Competition, 2016 Wells Festival of Literature Hilly Cansdale Prize, 2013 Buzzwords (Gloucestershire) Prize, 2012 Pre-Raphaelite Society Poetry Prize, 2011 Dor Kemmyn Poetry Prize and 2010 Wells International Poetry Competition.
Poetry begins where death is robbed of the last word.