Artists participating in the Saboteur Awards Festival

Deborah Alma is editor of 'Emergency Poet-an anti-stress poetry anthology', 'The Everyday Poet- Poems to live by' (both Michael O’Mara), and her 'True Tales of the Countryside' is published by The Emma Press. Her first full collection 'Dirty Laundry' is published by Nine Arches Press (May 2018). She lives with her partner the poet James Sheard on a hillside in Powys, Wales. She is also Emergency Poet prescribing poetry from her vintage ambulance.

Lucy Ayrton is a novelist, poet and reviewer from Oxford. She has performed two full length shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, was shortlisted for Best Spoken Word Performer at the Saboteur Awards, and used to co-host the Oxford chapter of Hammer and Tongue. Her pamphlet, Lullabies to Make Your Children Cry is out with Stewed Rhubarb Press and her debut novel, One More Chance, is released this year with Dialogue Books.

Victoria Bennett founded the Wild Women Collective and Wild Women Press in 1999. Her work has a particular focus on the ways we share our narratives. She is a regular collaborator on digital poetry projects, working with video gamers, VR artists, performers and musicians.

Dzifa Benson is a poet, playwright, performance maker, editor, producer and journalist. She is currently studying for an MA in Text & Performance at RADA and Birkbeck

Elisabeth Sennitt Clough is the author of Glass (Best Pamphlet Saboteur Awards 2017) and a full collection, Sightings (Michael Schmidt Award for Best Portfolio). A poem from Sightings was published in the Forward Book of Poetry 2018. Other poems have appeared in The Rialto, Poem, Mslexia, Wasafiri, Magma, The Cannon’s Mouth and Stand.

Lewis Buxton is a poet and arts producer. His work has appeared in Ambit, Magma & Oxford Poetry as well as Ink, Sweat & Tears. He has performed around the country and teaches creative writing in schools and libraries. He lives between London and Norwich.

Chaucer Cameron co-edits Poetry Film Live, an online poetry film journal of film and video poetry. Chaucer has an M.A. in creative writing and has been published in journals and magazines.

James Chew is a lapsed medievalist and professional video-game writer at Failbetter Games. He's worked on several titles, including Fallen London, Sunless Sea: Zubmariner and the upcoming Sunless Skies. He's interested in work that examines marginality, faith, the juxtaposition of horror and humour, and obscure medieval saints.

Dave Coates is a PhD candidate at the University of Edinburgh and a Research Assistant at the Centre for New and International Writing at the University of Liverpool, on their poetry and diversity project. He publishes critical writing at

Beth Cochrane is Programme & Events Co-ordinator at the Scottish Poetry Library, and writer of The Skinny’s Scottish poetry column. In the past, she was co-founder and producer of Saboteur Award winning spoken word night Interrobang?! She is also a recipient of a Scottish Book Trust’s New Writer’s Award, 2018, which made her MSc in Creative Writing almost worth it.

Ruby Cowling was born in Bradford and now lives in London. Her short fiction has appeared in around 35 outlets, in print, online and audio formats, and has won several awards including The White Review Short Story Prize and the London Short Story Prize.

Jade Cuttle is a Cambridge literature graduate turned BBC Introducing poetic-folk songwriter with eco-album 'Leaves & Lovers'. She has performed her poetry on Radio 3 in association with BBC Proms ('The Art of Splinters') and was the Young Poet-in-Residence at Ilkley Literature Festival with Daljit Nagra where she developed her 'Poetry of Trees : Writing Workshop'.

Helen Dewbery co-edits the online poetry film journal Poetry Film Live. Helen’s poetry films have been shown widely at International poetry film festivals as well as poetry festivals in the U.K.

Lucy Durneen's short stories, nonfiction and poetry have been published and commended in leading international journals, adapted for broadcast on BBC Radio 4, and noted in Best American Essays 2017. Her first short story collection, Wild Gestures, was published by MidnightSun last year, and won Best Collection at the Saboteur Awards

Sarala Estruch is a London-based writer, poet, and critic. She holds degrees in English Literature and Creative Writing from Goldsmiths College and Birkbeck College, University of London. Her poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction and reviews have appeared, or are forthcoming, in Wasafiri, The White Review, and The North, among others. A pamphlet-length collection of her poetry features in Primers Volume Three published by Nine Arches Press in April 2018.

Maria Ferguson is a writer and performer from Essex. Her debut show Fat Girls Don't Dance won the Saboteur Award for Best Spoken Word Show 2017 and is published by Oberon Books. She is currently working on her new show, Essex Girl.


Jamie Hale is a poet and writer whose work experiences the physicality of queer, trans, and disabled experience. They explore the creative potential of bodily automation and identity regeneration, and in writing human value amidst illness, degeneration, and death.

Charlie Hill is a writer whose short stories have appeared in over twenty magazines, journals and anthologies in print and online. A pamphlet length collection described by AL Kennedy as 'touching, funny, melancholy' came out in 2017. In 2015, he edited an anthology of writers including: Kit de Waal, Alison Moore, Nicholas Royle, David Gaffney and Clare Morrall.

Nasser Hussain is a Lecturer in Creative Writing and Literature at Leeds Beckett University and a Ledbury Emerging Critic. His new book, SKY WRI TEI NGS is composed entirely from airport codes, and is due for release with Coach House Books in 2018.

Laurence Kilpatrick as been working in publishing for the past 4 years and is now a Senior Project Manager for The Pigeonhole, a digital reading platform which runs digital and interactive book serialisations as part of pre-publication marketing campaigns.

Srishti Krishnamoorthy-Cavell is a final year PhD student in English at the University of Cambridge working on botanical poetics and political labour in contemporary women’s experimental poetry. Her research interests include gender and sexuality, ecopoetics, critical race theory, boarding school narratives, and the cultural histories of particulate matter. She is part of the Ledbury Emerging Critics programme, and has reviewed for, amongst others, Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry and Poetry London.

Nadia Kingsley has written poetry pamphlets Road Kill and Through the Woods with David Calcutt; Lawn Lore with grass expert John Handley; and A Year in Herbs with herbalist Jayne Palmer. She is editor, and publisher at Fair Acre Press.

Jennifer Lee Tsai is a British-Chinese poet based in Liverpool. She is a fellow of The Complete Works III and a Ledbury Emerging Poetry Critic.

Hera Lindsay Bird is a New Zealand poet, her debut collection Hera Lindsay Bird was published by Penguin in 2017. Pamper Me to Hell & Back was published as the Laureate's Choice by the Poetry Business.

Michelle Madsen is an award-winning poet and journalist. She founded the London branch of Hammer and Tongue, the UK’s largest slam poetry network and has featured on stages in four continents.

Ross McCleary is a writer, spoken word performer, and organiser for Inky Fingers in Edinburgh. He is also one half of Poetry as F*ck with Andrew Blair. He has recently had stories published in Structo and 404 Ink and co-produced with Interrobang a sold-out show called The Ambassador’s Reception which was set in the Ferrero Rocher Extended Universe.

Freya McClements’ first collection of short stories, The Dangerous Edge of Things, was published in 2012 and she is currently completing a second collection - on the theme of borders - with the assistance of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. A staff journalist with the BBC in Northern Ireland for ten years, she now writes for the Irish Times and continues to present and produce documentaries for BBC Radio 4. She won last year’s Saboteur Award for Best Reviewer for her literary reviews in the Irish Times.

Lucy Mercer is the editor of the online poetry publisher MINERVA. Her poems have been published in Poetry Review and Poetry London amongst others, and she was the winner of the White Review Poet's Prize 2017.

Ricky Monahan Brown's fiction has been published in many magazines, journals and newspapers – most recently 404 Ink’s The F Word – and the collection of poetry and fiction, Umbrellas of Edinburgh. His non-fiction has featured in Brain Injury Journey and 404 Ink’s Power. Ricky suffered a serious hemorrhagic stroke in 2012 which he has written about in his recently-completed manuscript, Stroke: A Love Story, and on

Steph Morris is an artist, writer, translator and gardener. He is one of the first graduates of the Poetry School / Newcastle University MA in Writing Poetry.

Irenosen Okojie is a Nigerian British writer. Her debut novel Butterfly Fish won a Betty Trask award and was shortlisted for an Edinburgh International First Book Award. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Observer,The Guardian, the BBC and the Huffington Post amongst other publications. Her short stories have been published internationally including Salt's Best British Short Stories 2017, Kwani? and The Year's Best Weird Fiction. She was presented at the London Short Story Festival by Booker Prize winning author Ben Okri as a dynamic writing talent to watch and featured in the Evening Standard Magazine as one of London’s exciting new authors. Her short story collection Speak Gigantular , published by Jacaranda Books was shortlisted for the Edgehill Short Story Prize, the Jhalak Prize, the Saboteur Awards and nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award.www.irenosenokojie.comTwitter: @IrenosenOkojie

Abi Palmer is an experimental artist, writer and zine-enthusiast, currently funded by Arts Council England. For the Saboteurs’ ‘Dynamite’ Commission 2017, she developed ‘Nobel’: an interactive time-travel game featuring mini-zines, origami poems and matchbox-sized space-exploders. Her multisensory poetry project ‘Alchemy’ won Best Wildcard at the Saboteur Awards 2016.

Emily Robinson is an autistic woman and lesbian who lives as a man. Her work explores the embodiment of sex, trauma and medicine, and the multiple meanings held in physical space both organic and constructed. In particular, she is interested in the transsexual body and the disabled body as reflecting, locating, and responding to wider conceptions of abnormality.

Scherezade Siobhan is an award-winning psychologist, community catalyst, and a writer. She runs "The Talking Compass"( - a therapeutic practice created to provide affordable mental health. She can be found squeeing about militant bunnies at @zaharaesque on twitter/fb/IG. Website :

Sharmilla Beezmohun is an editor and literature events producer. She is co-founder of Speaking Volumes Live Literature Productions and has had a novel published in Spanish translation as 'Ecos de la tierra verde'.

Joseph Spece is editor at Fathom / SHARKPACK. His books are BAD ZOO (Fathom, 2018) and ROADS (Cherry Grove, 2013).

James Webster is the Spoken Word editor for Sabotage Reviews (south east area), and recently published a collection of flash fiction and poetry called Heroine Chic (Inspired Quill Publishing).