About our authors
Mary Gilonne was born in Kent, a Londoner until the age of 13 when she moved to Budleigh Salterton, Devon. Holidays were spent waitressing, serving clotted cream, as a post girl, a variety of jobs which led to incessant scribbling in note books, a habit she still has. It was here that she started writing thanks to an inspiring English Lit teacher at Exmouth Grammar, who was an all-important life marker. The glorious coastal scenery influenced her teenage years so much that her poetry is often threaded with sea and sky.
Mary moved to France to be with her french husband, a teacher of Spanish, and settled in Aix- en-Provence in the late sixties. She wrote articles for Bath newspaper as Bath was twinned with Aix, but setting up as a translator was of course the obvious thing to do, and this multiplied her love for words. Two sons, and many years later they upped to a little wine growing village at the foot of Saint Victoire mountain, and an essential landscape yet again.
Mary was a student on Helen Ivory’s U.E.A Poetry course in the ‘90’s which forged a strong writing base. She was above all a member of Jo Bell’s iconic 52 Group, an experience which was a life-changer in her poetry world and has led to many treasured off and online friendships.
Mary has won the Wenlock Prize, been shortlisted several times for the Bridport Prize and commended in the Buzzwords, Prole, Bedford, Caterpillar, Elbow Room, Stroud and Teignmouth Prizes. Her work has appeared widely in many online and printed magazines: Prole, Antiphon, Smeuse, Snakeskin, The Pickled Body, Grievous Angel, Obsessed With Pipe-Work among others, and too in anthologies The Very Best Of 52, Mildly Erotic Verse, The Road to Cleveland Pier.
Rachael Clyne grew up in Southport, at the perfect time and place to be a sixties teenager, when all the famous bands played the local dance hall. She was also lucky to join the National Youth Theatre, touring abroad and in London, in her teens. She then trained and worked as a professional stage and tv actor. Appearances included: Coronation Street, the wild Sadista Sisters, rock cabaret, and the original production of Victoria Wood’s play, Talent.
Her love of poetry and reciting it, began in elocution classes. She loves reading at poetry events and festivals, but left the precarious showbiz life, to become a psychotherapist. She still has a small private practice, but now has time to devote to poetry. Poetic themes draw on nature, social and eco issues, family background, the human journey and humour.
Rachael lives in Glastonbury, with spectacular views from her wee house. She has long been a member of Wells Fountain Poets and Frome Stanza Group. She also attends Carrie Etter’s seminars for Poetry Swindon. She was a member of Jo Bell’s 52 online group. Rachael enjoys being part of the poetry community and has forged many dear friendships. Her work appears in journals: The Interpreter’s House, Rialto, Tears in the Fence, Shearsman, Lighthouse, Prole. Anthologies include: The Book of Love and Loss, The Very Best of 52 & #MeToo. Her prizewinning collection, Singing at the Bone Tree, is published by Indigo Dreams.
Photograph by Sally Morningstar
Born and brought up in Ayrshire, Kevin lives between Angus and other lands. He studied English Literature at the University of Dundee and worked as a full-time librarian for nine years. He now teaches English as a foreign language.
Kevin’s first pamphlet Body Voices was published by Crisis Chronicles Press in 2013 and was shortlisted for the Saboteur Awards that year.
In 2014 for NaPoWriMo, instead of writing a poem a day, he created a visual poem in the form of a black and white photograph, which included both a bowler hat and mask in every image. This was created as a blog and shared daily on Twitter and resulted in a collaborative project with George Szirtes, leading to the printed publication of Wordless by Knives, Forks and Spoons Press. Next came >erasure and >erasure ii. These projects included Kevin’s erasures of old Victorian books and responses to them from invited artists and poets.
In the same year he set up Nutshells and Nuggets as a web-zine for short poems (no more than 9 lines). He continues to edit and publish poems for N&N.
Burdlife; a sequence of 12 unusual wee poems inspired by Scottish birdsong and Ivor Cutler, was published by Tapsalteerie in June 2017. In 2018 he was commended in the The Forty Words competition run by The Bangor Literary Journal.
His poetry can be read in various online and printed journals: The Interpreter’s House, Under the Radar, The Poetry Shed, Seagate III, A Bees Breakfast, Ink, Sweat and Tears, Domestic Cherry, And Other Poems, I am not a silent poet and Visual Verse.
Androgyny is his latest poetry pamphlet published by 4word in May 2018.