Escalator Live Literature Winners 2008

Tim Clare

Tim Clare

Tim is a writer, stand-up poet and musician, who performs all over the UK. His book about thwarted ambition, We Can't All Be Astronauts, is due out from Ebury Press in mid-2009. He has written for The Guardian and The Times, presented the Channel 4 series 'How To Get A Book Deal', and has appeared on Radio 1 and 2. He is a regular performer at many festivals including Glastonbury, Leeds and Reading, and Latitude.

Tim's work: After Hours, Dear Man, Middle Class Girls.

Links: Tim's new book, Tim's myspace page, Article: Everyone does not have a novel inside them

Helen Mort

Helen Mort

Helen was born in Sheffield in 1985. She lives in Cambridge, where she teaches creative writing for the Open University. Five times
winner of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year competition, Helen's work has appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies including Tower Poetry, The Rialto and Poetry London. Her pamphlet, the shape of every box, was published by Tall-Lighthouse in 2007; the same year she received an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors. Helen has performed her work at the Ledbury Festival, at StAnza in Scotland, at the Oxford Literary Festival and in Buckingham Palace. She is currently working towards a first collection.

Helen's work: Man Walks into a Bar, Travelling North, Rope.

Links: Man Walks into a Bar , The Word for Snow (text versions) Article: What Sparks a Poem?

Molly Naylor

Molly Naylor

Molly has recently completed a Masters in Scriptwriting at the University of East Anglia. She has worked as a writer and director for a number of London-based theatre companies and often works as a puppeteer for The Flying Buttresses.  She has had her poems published in a variety of magazines and performed three sets at this year's Latitude Festival. This Autumn Molly is hosting The Melting Pot; a cabaret night for migrant workers in Great Yarmouth.

Molly's work: The Jukebox that got me Through, A House in Wales, Car Boot Sale.

Dean Parkin

Dean was born in 1969 and left school at the age of sixteen to work at a printers and then in a bookshop. He currently works for The Poetry Trust and The Rialto poetry magazine. An experienced performer, he has given many readings across the UK and has recently collaborated with jazz pianist Maurice Horhut in the The Poet & Piano Man Show. Since March 2007 he has been poet-in-residence on the Roy Waller Show on BBC Radio Norfolk, and his second pamphlet, Just Our Luck, was published by The Garlic Press in March 2008.

Dean's work: Bubblewrap, Cockroach, The Staple Question.

Links: Dean's website, The Bridge (text version)

Hannah Walker

Hannah Walker

Hannah is a poet who lives in Norwich and works for the Norfolk and Norwich Festival delivering Creative Partnerships in Norfolk schools. She has performed at Latitude and Truck festival and was long listed for the Bridport prize 2006. Her acerbic, cerebral poems have been published in New Writer, Fuselit, Iota, The Ugly Tree and Nth Position. Hannah has hosted a range of literature events in Newcastle and Norwich. She is currently working towards a first collection called ‘you interrupt my brain sweetheart’.

Hannah's work: Belly Fat, Working in an Office, Neg.

Links: The Romance of Crime, Wrong (text versions)
 

Listen to Commended Writer Jude Simpson's work:  Secret Rapper and WomanWords.