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Meet Sentinel Poetry Book Competition 2019 Winners

Peter Branson

peter bransonPeter Branson is a poet, songwriter & singer from South East Cheshire. His poetry has been published widely, including in Acumen, Agenda, Ambit,  Envoi, The London Magazine,
The North, Prole, The Warwick Review, Iota, Frogmore Papers, Interpreter’s House,
 Poetry SalzbergReview, The Butcher’s Dog, SOUTH,  Crannog, THE SHOp, Causeway, Ogham Stone, 
From the Edge, High Window, Curlew, Poets Meet Politics,
London Grip, Reach, Sarasvati, Fenland Reed, Anima, Chaffin Journal, Bread and Roses, Measure, Columbia Review, Huston Poetry Review, 
The Raintown Review, Barnwood, Main street Rag, The Able Muse and Other Poetry. 
His ‘Red Hill, Selected Poems’ was published in 2013 by Lapwing, Belfast. 
His latest collection, ‘Hawk Rising’, also from Lapwing, was pub. in 2016. He has won prizes & been placed in a number of competitions over recent years, including a ‘highly commended’ in the ‘Petra Kenny International’,  first prizes in the ‘Grace Dieu’ & the ‘Envoi International’ & a special commendation in the Wigtown. He was shortlisted for a recent Poetry Business Pamphlet and Collection competition. 

Naomi Sterling

naomisterlingNaomi holds a first class honours degree in English Language and Medieval Literature, and won the Colin Stork Prize in Linguistics for her dissertation.
Born to an English father and South African mother, Naomi Sterling has lived, worked, studied, and taught in a variety of diverse locations, from various UK cities to Swaziland (now Eswatini), Tanzania and Rwanda, travelling extensively throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Having previously taught secondary-school English in the foothills of Kilimanjaro, she worked as a VSO teacher in post-Genocide Rwanda for four years. There, she met her husband, with whom she founded and then ran
the Streets Ahead Children’s Centre Association (SACCA), a local NGO for street kids in rural eastern Rwanda. They returned to England in 2007 when their eldest son was diagnosed with complex special needs, handing over the project to local staff, and since then she has taught at inner-city schools in the West Midlands and raised her three children. Her work has been published in The Rubicon and Ozy, Sheffield University’s literary reviews, and a pamphlet of poems - The Pins that
Pierce Her
- is due to be published by the Hedgehog Poetry Press shortly.

Ruth Calway

ruth calwayRuth was born in Bristol in 1958 and spent her early childhood in Somerset.  Her family moved to south Wales in the late 1960s and this is where she lived for most of her life.  However, she lived for a considerable time in Bedfordshire where she ran her own tree surgery business.  She also worked in the hospitality industry and as a  lecturer in poetry.  From an early age, poetry was an essential part of Ruth's life.  She was a life-long nature lover and all of her poems explored mankind's relationship with it.  Nature and poetry sustained her throughout the bleakest times in her life and she never stopped looking for the sublime in the everyday.

Ruth's poems have appeared in The Wales Arts Review, Sentinel Literary Quarterly, Poems for a Liminal Age, and The Tree Line – Poems for Trees, Woods and People.


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