Caitlin has recently completed her MA in Creative Writing at Newcastle University and was shortlisted for the Creative Futures Literary Award and the E.H.P Barnard Spring Poetry Prize 2021. She is currently working on her debut novel for Young Adults and a collection of poetry. Her work has recently been published by Fragmented Voices, Alchemy Spoon and Northern Writers Studios. She lives in Northumberland with her husband, children and three unnecessarily large dogs! Find her on Instagram via @caitlinkendall83
The delicate use of language and stunning visual imagery such as "our lips bruise, flesh to wine" and other clever biblical references (women as madonna or whore) speaks of the resilience of women. A strong feminist write.
A poet from Pakistan, Madeeha writes about love mostly, the big kind, the awesome kind, neon-lit and zebra striped that fills buckets of our being and creates universes. Her inspiration comes from trees and colours, from words imagined, from the magic of metaphysics and from the fascinating tales of space and time. Find her on Instagram @thepursuitofmagic365
With this poem it’s the light tone and a sense of magic that comes through as the writer explores her subject matter. It has a sort of breathless quality and playfulness that shows she has entered the mind of her daughter. The closing line is extremely resonant and philosophical and ties the piece together well.
Victoria Punch is a voice coach and musician, writing from her home in Devon (U.K) between the moors and the sea. She is curious about voice and identity, the limits of language and how we perceive things: her poetry comes from these explorations. She can be found on Instagram @victoriapunch_ or at www.victoriapunch.co.uk
This poignant reflection on the hard work of walking the path of forgiveness, has a beautiful rhythm and cadence to it that grabbed us from the get go. The poems subtlety in conveying its message adds to the strength of it.
A South African poet and visual artist, based in South Africa, who writes about relationships, mental health, diaspora and the black experience. His inspiration comes from living in Britain and South Africa, navigating his identity through the different cultures he experienced growing up. He first started writing in 2009, and frequents poetry events both online and outside. He’s currently working on his first debut manuscript. You can read some of his work online on Instagram @itumolefe
With this powerful piece on The Black Lives Matter movement, it’s the evocative and unexpected use of words that stands out. ‘Chisel our tongues’, referring to skin as tapestry, and most striking of all, the imagery of mothers planting their children back into the ground. With all the references to the body one almost feels this poem as a physical assault which conveys its message perfectly.