Geraint Hughes was born in 1967 and is head honcho of 'blackheath books'. He lives in West Wales. Approaching the age of 40 he saw fit to start writing poetry, this led him on the adventure that became blackheath books. He has now retired from writing. He makes the books by hand using recycled paper and card using 19th & 20th century technology.
Jonathan Grace was born in 1969 in Pembrokeshire, West Wales. He went off marauding, exploring and partying for a decade or so before realising all he needed was where he started.
Ptolemy Elrington was born in 1965. He lives in Brighton, England and his sculpture is rubbish.
Graham Bendel was born in 1969. An ex-journalist, he set up the Fortune Teller Press in 2004 with the intention of highlighting lesser-known artists/writers/poets. Graham performs on the spoken word circuit and has written for The New Statesman and Big Issue. He lives and writes in London, England.
Benjamin Donnelly is only human. Sometimes he tries to make sense of the world around him. Most of the time he fails spectacularly.
Garrie Fletcher first screamed at the world in 1969 in Northampton, England. He now lives in Birmingham, England.
Greg Buddery was born in 1981. He lives in Guildford, England.
Miles J. Bell is 36 and lives in northern England with a maths teacher and a four-year-old whirlwind.
Ben Myers was born in 1976. He is the author of two novels The Book Of Fuck and The Missing Kidney and as a member of The Brutalists (with Tony O’Neill and Adelle Stripe) is co-author of the poetry collection Nowhere Fast. He lives in West Yorkshire, England.
Adelle Stripe was born in 1976 and lives in Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire. She is a Creative Writing MA graduate from Manchester University’s Centre for New Writing and is a founding member of the Brutalist Poets. Her work has been widely published in underground publications in Britain and America. She has published three solo collections since 2008.
Joseph Ridgwell grew up in the East End of London and left school with few qualifications. He then embarked on a succession of menial jobs. After being stabbed in a bar brawl he decided it was time to leave the country and promptly travelled the world. He stayed in Australia for five years living mostly in the red-light district of Kings Cross Sydney until he became an illegal immigrant. To avoid imprisonment and deportation Joe then went to Thailand and brought a share in the world's smallest bar, the now defunct Barcelona Bar. After fleeing Thailand with a tail between his legs he finally returned to London where he lives and writes to this day.
Zack Wilson was born in Skegness in 1974 and subsequently lived in various places in the Midlands and Yorkshire. He now lives in Sheffield where he works for the council and writes about football for Goal.com, as well as contributing fiction to various online journals and co-editing online literary magazine Parasitic.
Vic Templar was born in Gillingham, Kent in 1965. He has met with varying degrees of failure as a journalist, drummer, cricketer, shopkeeper, restaurateur, private detective, banker and general bon viveur. He was an associate of the pre-Stuckist Medway Poets, having read on many occasions with the likes of Billy Childish, Sexton Ming, Wolf Howard, Bill Lewis and Tracey Emin.
Vic is the drummer for the world's premier punk rock outfit Armitage Shanks and lives in north London with Bongo Debbie and Corky the cat.
His debut novel, Taking Candy from a Dog, a fictionalised account of his childhood is due for publication by 'blackheath books' towards the end of the year. He also writes about music for popjunkietv.com. and blogs on www.myspace.com/victemplar
Jenni Fagan is a Scottish poet and novelist based in London. Her debut collection Urchin Belle sold out on Blackheath Books. It is now released in New Zealand on Kilmog Press. She has been published in literary journals and anthologies in the UK, USA, Istanbul, India & Europe. She was recently nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize. Jenni worked extensively last year on a collaboration with women in prison in the UK and USA. The resulting steel word sculpture was exhibited in Greenwich, London. In the last few years she has won several awards including Arts Council England, Dewar Arts and Peggy Ramsay. She is currently completing a writing residency. In previous lives she played in bands.
Jenni has just completed her second novel The Panopticon, and is working on her third.
Born in Chatham, Kent, Billy
Childish is one of the most influential and unrecognised artists of his
generation. Commercial success has been both eschewed and denied.
After leaving school at 16, an undiagnosed dyslexic, he was an apprentice stonemason in the Royal Naval Dockyards at Chatham.
In 1977 he started writing and playing music in the emerging punk rock scene.
In 1978 and 1980 Childish studied painting at St. Martins School of Art where he became friends with the artist Peter Doig.
After expulsion from St. Martins in 1981 Childish was both boyfriend and mentor to the artist Tracey Emin who has described him both as ‘a major influence’ and ‘Charles Manson’
After 15 years of alcoholism Childish quit drinking in the early 90’as and started his practise of Buddhist meditation and yoga, which he continues with to this day.
Name checked by many commercially successful musicians, Jack White once famously appeared on Top of the Pop’s with Childish’s name written on his forearm, though Mister White has subsequently accused Childish of ‘bitterness’ and ‘plagiarism’.
During his 33 year career Childish has penned 4 novels, over 40 collections of his confessional poetry, painted many thousands of paintings and recorded in excess of 100 full-length LP records.
In 2004 Childish refused the offer to appear on Channel 4’s Celebrity Big Brother.
Childish continues to live write and paint in Chatham.
Darran Anderson is an Irish writer from Derry, currently residing in Edinburgh, Scotland. He is poetry editor of 3:AM Magazine, having previously worked on Dogmatika and Laika Poetry Review. He has recently finished a novel entitled The Ship is Sinking.
David E. Oprava is an expat American writer who has lived, worked, and loved in Wales for over a decade. He writes about the curious skin of life and the universal bones beneath. When not writing he tries to live up to the high expectations of husbandhood, fatherhood, and humanhood - not in that order and not necessarily succeeding. sole is his third book of poetry.
Jon Tait is the press officer of the Northern Alliance Football League and he was the media bloke at Gretna FC in the SFL. The pressure got so great in the run up to a UEFA Cup tie that his wife claims he sat up straight in bed, still fast asleep, cried “To infinity…and beyond” and slumped back down.
He has unblocked drains, lifted roof timbers, humped mail bags, shovelled concrete and skived around the back of buildings smoking cigarettes in a chequered career. He’ll buy you a beer and he’ll watch your back in a fight. He’s one of the lads.
Tait was born in Ashington, Northumberland in 1972 and raised in the Coquet Valley.
He currently lives in Cumbria with his wife, son and two black cats.
Ford Dagenham was born in South Essex and is allergic to beer, he works in his local hospital. A serial university drop-out he has a string of unfinished novels in the bottom drawer. His poetry and prose can be found online in litzines like Beat The Dust. Ford collaborates on lyrics with Hong Kong based no-wave folkbeat band Leggo and starts bonfires with the books of Jeffery Archer and Dan Brown. Ford is writing a novel based on hospital experiences and is planning to attend the University of East London.
Steve Ely is an English writer from the Osgoldcross wapentake in the West Riding of Yorkshire. He writes poems, novels and short-stories addressing a complex of themes devolving around crime, extremism, violence, conspiracy, race, class, identity, politics and religion. He's rarely 'delightful'.
Extracts from his books of poetry -True Crime, JerUSAlem, justified, the compleat eater and Oswald's Book of Hours (to be published by Smokestack in 2013) - are published widely in literary magazines.
He is currently working on his book-length poem, Englaland, a subversive exploration of concepts of England and Englishness, and a novel about a fox. He hunts with dogs. All legal quarry.
Jah Wobble, is an English bass guitarist, singer, poet and composer. He was the original bass player in Public Image Ltd (PiL) in the late 1970s and early 1980s, but left the band after two albums. Following his departure from PiL, he went on to a successful solo career. He published his autobiography, Memoirs of a Geezer in 2009.
He now runs his own label, 30 Hertz Records, and tours regularly throughout the UK and Europe with his current band, Jah Wobble & The English Roots Band.
Tim Wells has cultivated a laugh that’s more like a caress. He walks properly. He does not slouch, shuffle or stumble about. He knows that wide, floating trousers are only good for wearing on a veranda with a cocktail in your hand.
Amongst other things he is the editor of the award winning Rising poetry zine and the Class War prospective parliamentary candidate for Stoke Newington.
Johnny Giles is 21 years old. He reads and writes poetry every day. He is as much influenced by traditional verse and contemporary writers as he is by the lyricism of hip-hop and energy of spoken word. He has had one poem published previously (in Culture Colony Quarterly) and won one poetry prize (National Theatre Wales TEAM Word4Word).