Fern Angel Beattie
Fern is the founder & publisher of Write Bloody UK. Also a writer, she specialises in her personal Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Women, Love, Sex & Death. Fern first discovered her gift for poetry when using alchemy on grief, and has since released three collections, The Trouble With Love (From Trouble, With Love), (Lapwing), Pendulum and The Art of Shutting Up (Broken Sleep). Her poems can be found in Belleville Park Pages, The Legendary, JUNGFTAK and Blood Tree Literature. Fern's spoken word piece for the short dance film Shaping Scars was selected for LA Dance Short Film Festival, TIFF, Korea Film Festival, L Fest & Flatlands Dance Film Festival in 2017. In 2022, she won First Prize in the Kent & Sussex Poetry Competition with her poem "I Still Dream About My Ex Lovers."
Ollie O' Neill
Ollie O’Neill is a poet and writer from London, currently studying an MA in Writing at The Royal College of Art. She is the former National Youth Slam Champion and a Barbican Young Poet alumni, and has been published in journals such as Magma, Bath Magg, and Fourteen Poems, as well as having read her work at venues such as Soho Theatre, The Royal Festival Hall and The Institute of Contemporary Art. In 2019 her first pamphlet Ways of Coping was published by Out-Spoken Press, a poetic research project on the pathologisation of women within the realm of psychiatry. Her debut full-length collection What We Are Given was Write Bloody UK's first release; an exploration of horizontal inheritance and lineage through interpersonal relationships.
Iain has worked as a writer for advertising agencies, design agencies and museums for the best part of twenty years. In 2016, he drunk-bought a "How to Write Poetry" class online and hasn’t looked back. Since then, Iain has completed an MA in linguistics and studied at The Poetry School, The Faber Academy and The Seamus Heaney Centre. Iain's debut collection Ping! features poems that debuted in The North magazine. It was long-listed for the 2021 Welsh Poetry Book Awards.
Originally from Lisbon, Portugal, Francisca has an MA in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her work has been published in Feels zine, Profound Experience of Earth and Vagabond City. Just prior to the release of her debut collection Hard Summer, Francisca was offered an MFA fellowship at Sarah Lawrence College in New York, where she now resides.
Demi is an Austrian-American writer and performer. Her work has appeared in Magma, Banshee, Ninth Letter, Figure 1, and The Times UK, as well as on BBC Radio London. She has been a featured performer at Glastonbury Festival, Electric Picnic, the Scottish Storytelling Centre, and Poetry Ireland. After five years in Berlin, she now lives in London where she is completing an MFA at Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance. Demi's debut collection Small Machine was longlisted for the 2022 Welsh Poetry Book Awards.
Oliver is a British-Peruvian writer. His work is published in Banshee, Tears in the Fence, Ink Sweat and Tears, SPOONFEED and Prototype. Oliver was shortlisted for the Yeats Prize in 2018, the University of Hertfordshire Single Poem Prize in 2019 and the Wales Poetry Award 2020. His debut collection The Cardboard Sublime was released with us in 2022.
Lauren Hollingsworth-Smith is a poet and artist based in Rotherham and Oxford, currently living in the French Alps. She is a member of The Writing Squad and Hive’s Poetry Collective. Lauren's work has been published in several anthologies including She Will Soar (Pan Macmillan 2020). Her debut pamphlet Ugly Bird won the 2020 New Poets Prize. She won the Foyle Young Poets of the Year award in 2019 and was highly commended in the Young Northern Writers' award. Lauren has performed at various events and festivals, including Ledbury Poetry Festival, Kendal Poetry Festival and Off the Shelf Festival of Words. She studies English and French at Oxford University. Look How I Alive I Am, Lauren's debut full-length collection, was released in July 2022.
Abigail Mitchell is a writer and postgraduate researcher at the University of Southampton, where she works on queer fabulation and the history of the 17th-century Essex witch trials. She also holds an MA in History from the University of Cambridge and an MPW from the University of Southern California. Abigail's poetry, short stories, and creative nonfiction have appeared in The Butter, coffin bell, and other literary magazines. You can find her haunting open mics and coffee shops in East London, or on twitter as @hextorian. Abigail's debut collection is forthcoming in Autumn 2023.
Rebecca Faulkner is a London-born poet based in Brooklyn, New York. She is the 2022 winner of Sand Hills Literary Magazine’s National Poetry Contest and the 2021 Prometheus Unbound Poetry Competition. Her work has been anthologized in the Best New British and Irish Poets 2019-2021 and published in journals in the UK and USA. Rebecca was a 2021 Poetry Fellow at the Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts. She holds a BA in English Literature & Theatre Studies from the University of Leeds, and a Ph.D. from the University of London. Her debut collection Permit Me to Write My Own Ending is forthcoming from Write Bloody UK in March 2023.
Ella Sadie Guthrie
Ella Sadie Guthrie is a writer who often fails at being funny. After studying her NCTJ and giving up on news journalism she moved into poetry. She has featured at an array of London poetry nights including Verses and Off The Chest and has performed at the House of Commons. She is the co-host of Words By The Water in Brighton. In 2019 she co-founded WRIOT, a poetry collective for women and non-binary poets. Her words have appeared in Lucent Dreaming, Ink, Sweat and Tears, Hecate Magazine, Drawn to the Light and Dreich Magazine. Her first pamphlet ‘Poems For Pete Davidson’ which explores the themes of fantasy, pop culture and ADHD was published by Broken Sleep Books in 2022. Mostly she spends her time walking along Brighton seafront and daydreaming.
Abhainn Connolly (they/them) is a trans and queer poet that splits their time between Drogheda, Ireland and the Pacific Northwest of the USA. Their written work can be found in
esteemed Irish & UK literary journals like Poetry Ireland Review, Banshee Lit, and Oxford Poetry, as well as US publishers like HAD, Frontier, and Hole in the Head Review. They were a finalist for Write Bloody's Jack McCarthy Book Prize in 2021 and longlisted for the Frontier New Voices
Contest 2022. Their debut is due out in June 2023. Find them on Instagram at @meabhainn.