Dr. Kirsten Norrie is a writer, musician and performance artist educated at the University of Oxford and is a poet published by Bloodaxe in the UK and Red Hen in the US. Her work has appeared in Magma, the Poetry Review and on the BBC. Strange Attractor/MIT publish her non-fiction Scottish Lost Boys in 2019. She is currently a tutor at the Poetry School, London; for OSAP/New College, Oxford and has taught at the Universities of Oxford, Cheltenham & Gloucester and Edinburgh College of Art. She has a BFA and MFA from The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford University and an AHRC funded DPhil from Wolfson College, Oxford University.
Luke Allan has worked as Managing Editor at Carcanet Press and Deputy Editor of PN Review. He is editor at the poetry press Sine Wave Peak, and co-founded the journals Butcher's Dog, Pain, and Quait. He studied literature and creative writing at UEA and Oxford. His minimum soft exchange is published by Miel (2016). A selection of recent work is published in New Poetries VII (2018). He is a tutor for the Poetry School, London.
Dr. Jenny McAuley is a writer and academic currently resident in Oxford. Since receiving her doctorate in English Studies from the University of Durham, she has held postdoctoral research associateships, and taught English literature of all periods from the Renaissance to the contemporary, at Durham, at the University of Oxford and Queen Mary University of London.
TUTOR & EDITOR
Alexis Thompson is a writer based in Oxford. He has led poetry walks in London on the Modernists for the International Times and New River Press, curated and read in London and Edinburgh and was writer-in-residence with 'The Parlour Collective'. He is currently at Kellogg College, Oxford University, studying for an MSt in Creative Writing and published in MONK and the New River Press. Editor of Blackwell's 140th Anniversary Pamphlet, he also edits the OSP Review.
DAMIAN LE BAS
Cairine MacGillivray M.A. (hons. mus.) P.G.C.E. trained as a pianist and painter and has tutored for over four decades in the UK, Ireland, Germany and Hong Kong. She has exhibited at the RGI, RSA, Wolfson College, Oxford University and is represented by the Morningside Gallery in Edinburgh.
DR. JUSTIN COOMBES
Dr. Justin Coombes is a visual artist, writer and lecturer who teaches at the London College of Communication (University of the Arts, London) and the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art (University of Oxford). He has exhibited at Bloomsbury House and Paradise Row in London and his work has been published in Granta and Material Online.
Sarah Byrne is the Chief Editor at The Well Review, which has published new work by Ellen Bass, Anne Carson, Ishion Hutchinson, Nick Laird and many more. Her original background is in criminology and psychology, and she worked in a wide variety of settings, including psychiatric hospitals and prisons until 2017. Sarah was educated at Trinity College Dublin, the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford. Sarah's poetry has been published by The Irish Times, The Irish Examiner, The New Statesman, Poetry Ireland Review and has appeared in various anthologies. She is an online tutor for The Poetry School, London.
Damian Le Bas read theology at St John's College, Oxford, graduating with the top First in his year in 2006. His first book, The Stopping Places: a Journey through Gypsy Britain, Chatto & Windus, 2018, won a Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Award and is BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week. Damian is a fluent Romani speaker, has published poetry in Magma, Test Centre, the TLS and the Junket and written serial drama for BBC radio. He has taught at the Ted Hughes Arvon Centre.
Niall McDevitt is the author of three critically acclaimed collections of poetry, b/w (Waterloo Press, 2010), Porterloo ( International Times, 2013) and Firing Slits: Jerusalem Colportage (New River Press, 2016). He is a walking artist who specialises in the revolutionary poets of London, particularly Shakespeare/Blake/Rimbaud/Yeats. He will be hosting poetry walks of Oxford in association with the OSP.