Paul Stephenson Wins Paper Swans Press Pamphlet Competition

Paul Stephenson has won the Paper Swans Press Poetry Pamphlet Competition with ‘Selfie with Waterlilies’. The competition was judged by Jill Munro and you can read her report on the Paper Swans Press website. We are looking forward to reading the published pamphlet!

Member Jonathan Totman’s entry, entitled ‘Explosives Licence’, was also highly commended in the competition.

Highgate Poets Publishes New Anthology

We are delighted to announce the publication of our 28th anthology,  Naming The Clouds. Edited by Anne Ballard, Susanne Lansman and Anna Meryt, the anthology contains a selection of poems from each of our members.

The anthology will be launched at The Big Green Bookshop, Unit 1, Brampton Park Road, Wood Green, N22 6BG on Thursday, April 20th 2017 at  7pm.  Join us for wine, music and poetry!

Highgate Poets first to be published in new pamphlet series from Rafael Q Publishers

Rafael Q Publishers have now published three Highgate Poets in the first volumes of their RQpoetry pamphlets series: Miriam Halahmy, Anne Ballard and Vicky Olliver. For further information about this series, or to obtain copies of their books, please contact the poets through this website.rq-pamphlets

Vicky Olliver’s Debut Pamphlet Published by Rafael Q Publishers

Vicky Olliver joins Miriam Halahmy and Anne Ballard with A Handful of Clouds, Darkening, her first poetry pamphlet and Volume 3 in the RQ poetry pamphlets series from Rafael Q Publishers. vicky-pamphlet

“These poems are universal in their specificity, unsentimental in their compassion, infused with poignancy and childlike fascination. Here is the stuff of poetry.”

– Robert Peake, author of ‘The Knowledge.’

 For a copy of the pamphlet you can contact Vicky on

U.S. publishing deal for Miriam Halahmy

HiddenMiriam Halahmy has a two book deal with U.S. publisher Holiday House Books for her novel HIDDEN, about two teens who save a drowning asylum seeker and for BEHIND CLOSED DOORS which deals with teenage homelessness.

Mary Cash, editor-in-chief said, “Miriam’s writing speaks directly and urgently to young people about subjects which matter to them and the world. We are delighted to welcome her to Holiday House.”


Jo Brandon’s first collection is published!

learned gooseJo Brandon’s first full length collection, The Learned Goose has just been published by Valley Press.

Jacqueline Saphra said of the collection: “There is something of the fairground sideshow about this delicious cornucopia of twisted tales where the lustful, lovely and grotesque gather together to intrigue and disquiet us with their stories. Here is a collection that leaps across time and space, between the domestic and mythical, with a fearless and lyrical grace.”

The book can be purchased online here.

Jo also has poems in the ‘Violence’ issue of Magma (62), The Emma Press Anthology of Age and the forthcoming Emma Press Anthology of Mildly Erotic Verse, due out in January 2016.

Congratulations Jo on a hugely successful year!

Paul Stephenson’s debut pamphlet is launched

Paul pamphletPaul Stephenson’s debut pamphlet Those People, a winner in the recent Poetry Business Competition, is launched today (16th May) at the Wordsworth Trust in Grasmere. Judge Billy Collins said of Paul’s poems:

‘Funny and quite serious at the same time, these poems cast a fresh, ironic eye on contemporary life and find a wild variety of fields in which to play.  The colloquial tone and satiric brilliance might make a reader wish to hear more, ideally over a pint or two.’

Those People is available to buy on the Poetry Business Website.


Paul Stephenson Wins The Poetry Business Pamphlet Prize

paulMember Paul Stephenson has been selected for the 2014/15 Book & Pamphlet Competition, as chosen by Billy Collins, who had this to say:

Funny and quite serious at the same time, these poems cast a fresh, ironic eye on contemporary life and find a wild variety of fields in which to play. The colloquial tone and satiric brilliance might make a reader wish to hear more, ideally over a pint or two.

Details of the winners’ collections will be available soon and the winning pamphlets will be launched at a reading at The Wordsworth Trust on Saturday 16th May.

Fantastic news, Paul! Well done.

Highgate Poets Anthologised in The Book of Love and Loss

The Book of Love and LossMembers Anne Ballard, Annemarie Cooper, Frances Galleymore, Anna Meryt, Vicky Olliver, and Robert Peake have poems in the 384-page anthology The Book of Love & Loss (Belgrave Press, 2014).

The anthology also features English laureates Andrew Motion and Carol Ann Duffy, Welsh laureate Gillian Clarke, children’s laureate Michael Rosen, and Frieda Hughes — daughter of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes.

It is available at most major bookstores, and directly from Belgrave Press.

Congratulations all!