Tim Clare

Tim Clare is a writer, stand-up poet and musician. His autobiographical book about thwarted ambition and growing up, We Can’t All Be Astronauts, is out now. He has written for the Guardian and the Times, and has performed his work on Radio 1 and 2. In 2005 he presented the Channel 4 series ‘How To Get A Book Deal’.  He is a regular performer at many festivals including Glastonbury, Leeds and Reading, and Latitude. We Can’t All Be Astronauts available here.


Joe Dunthorne

Joe Dunthorne’s debut novel, Submarine (Penguin), won the Curtis Brown prize. It has been translated in to ten languages and is currently being adapted for film by Warp Films. His debut poetry pamphlet will be published by Faber in May 2010. He is a striker for the . His website is www.joedunthorne.com


Chris Hicks

Chris is the finest legal mind in poetry and looks heavier than he is. He contributes to things like McSweeneys and performs poetry and stand-up like everyday in fun places (Latitude, Reading, Leeds, Glastonbury, Edinburgh, London, Slovakia, his dark room). He can’t smell anything though.


John Osborne

John Osborne is a regular performer at festivals including Latitude, Glastonbury and Port Eliot. He is the author of Radio Head, published by  Simon&Schuster, which was broadcast as Radio 4′s Book of the Week and described as ‘warm, charming and funny’ by the Daily Telegraph. His second book, The Newsagent’s Window won Best Biography at the East Anglian Book Awards. He has had poetry published in The Guardian, and his first two poetry pamphlets, What if men burst in wearing balaclavas? and The New Blur Album are available at www.nastylittlepress.org.


Joel Stickley

Joel Stickley is a writer and performer. He has appeared on UK radio and television as well as at the Glastonbury, Latitude and Edinburgh Fringe festivals. Co-authored with Luke Wright, his book Who Writes This Crap? is available in Penguin paperback. The Guardian called it “an inspired piece of parody.” He blogs at How To Write Badly Well (“A must-read” – Metro.co.uk) and teaches the Advanced Creative Writing course at the Open University.


Ross Sutherland

Ross Sutherland was included in The Times’s list of Top Ten Literary Stars of 2008. Ross has co-written eight live literature productions, including the critically acclaimed Poetry Boyband (Time Out Critic’s Choice of the Year 2005). He has four productions touring throughout 2009: Found in Translation, Infinite Lives, The Dead That Never Lived and The Shallowing Shovel. His debut solo collection, Things To Do Before You Leave Town , was published by Penned in the Margins in January 2009.


Luke Wright

Luke Wright has been described as “the best young performance poet around,” by The Observer and “visceral, poignant and rioutsly funny” by The Scotsman. He is host and curator of Latitude’s Poetry Arena and a resident poet on Radio 4’s Saturday Live. His Valentine’s Day special on Channel 4 attracted over a million viewers. His debut collection is called High Performance (Nasty Little Press, 2009). www.lukewright.co.uk