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Philip Gross won the T S Eliot Prize in 2009 for The Water Table. His work explores the borderlines – between childhood and adult life, between fantasy and reality.

Kathryn Simmonds’ collection Sunday at the Skin Launderette was the winner of the Forward Society Prize for Best First Collection in 2008. Jo Bell’s work explores themes of sex, friendship and life as a boat dweller. Matthew Barton is a writer, translator, editor and teacher of poetry and creative writing. His accolades include BBC Wildlife Poet of the Year in 2007.

Bristol Poetry Festival 2012