MEET THE YAFFLES!

Mike Farren

Mike is a poet and academic publishing editor. His poems have appeared in journals and anthologies including The Interpreter's House, The High Window, Strix and Valley Press's Anthology of Yorkshire Poetry. His pamphlet, ‘Pierrot and his Mother’ was published by Templar in 2017. In 2018 he was a ‘canto’ winner for Poem of the North and was highly commended in the Poem and a Pint competition, judged by Clare Shaw. In 2019, he was runner-up in the Blue Nib chapbook competition, judged by Helen Mort. He is a member of Beehive Poets and Wharfedale Poets, chair of the Bradford Poetry Foundation and co-hosts the Rhubarb open mic. Mike's pamphlet 'All of the moons' was published by Yaffle in May. Mike is one of Yafffle's managing editors. 

Mark Connors

Mark is an award winning writer from Leeds, UK. He has had over 170 poems published in anthologies, magazines and webzines. Mark's work has appeared in anthologies published by Smith Doorstop, Ilkley Literature Festival, Indigo Dreams, Beautiful Dragons, Half Moon Books and Stairwell Books among many others. Mark's poems have also appeared in Poetry Salzburg Review, Envoi, Prole, The Interpreter's House, Dream Catcher, Strix, Sarasvati, Dawn Treader, Confluence and many other literary journals, magazines and webzines.  Mark's debut poetry pamphlet, Life is a Long Song was published by OWF Press in 2015. His first full-length poetry collection, Nothing is Meant to be Broken, was published in 2017 by Stairwell Books. His second collection, Optics, was pubished by YAFFLE in 2019. Mark's debut novel, Stickleback,  was published by Armley Press in 2016.  Stickleback was Longlisted for The Guardian's Not the Booker Prize 2016. Mark's second novel, Tom Tit and the Maniacs, was published by Armley Press in 2018. It was selected as one of Culture Vulture’s Novels of 2018, Mark's award winning short fiction has won him prizes and commendations at North London Literature Festival, Dartmoor Literature Festival and Otley Word Feast. Mark also won the prestigious open mic competition at Ilkley Literature Festival both in 2014 and 2015. Mark also runs fiction and poetry workshops and seminars in libraries, at literature festivals and for writing days hosted by those running literary magazines. Mark runs WORD CLUB, a critically acclaimed poetry night, with his partner, Gill Lambert at The Chemic Tavern in Leeds and the bi-monthly Shaken in Sheeptown at Bojangles Bar in Skipton. Mark is managing editor At YAFFLE.

https://www.markconnors.co.uk/

Gill Lambert

Gill is a teacher and poet from Keighley. She has had her poems published in print by Strix, Prole, The Interpreter's House, Marble, Beautiful Dragons, Paper Swans Press, Indigo Dreams and Half Moon Books amongst others and online by Alegbra of Owls, Clear Poetry, Poetry Space, Runcible Spoon, Ink and Sweat and Tears. She was the winner of the 2016 Ilkley Literature Festival Open Mic competition and she was commended in the Mother's Milk pamphlet competiton the same year. Gill's pamphlet 'Uninvited Guests' was published in 2017 by Indigo Dreams and her first full collection 'Tadaima' was published by Yaffle this year. Along with her partner, Mark Connors, Gill runs the poetry nights 'Word Club' in Leeds and Skipton's 'Shaken in Sheep Town' and she facilitates work shops in many locations. She is a managing editor for Yaffle.

https://www.gilllambert.com/

Penny Sharman

Penny has an MA in Creative Writing from Edge Hill University. She has had over fifty poems published in magazines and anthologies such as The Interpreters House, Strix, Obsessed with Pipework, Coast to Coast to Coast, Beautiful Dragons, Marble Poetry and Poetry Quarterly.

Penny’s debut Pamphlet 'Fair Ground' was published in March 2019
by Yaffle.

pennysharman.co.uk

Adrian Salmon

Adrian is a fundraising consultant and classically trained singer. He lives in Bingley, West Yorkshire. Since he started writing poetry 18 months ago, his poems have appeared on Algebra of Owls, I am not a silent poet, Ink Sweat and Tears and Poetry 24. His poem ‘Six Connecticut Seascapes’ is part of the Yaffle Prize longlist and will appear in Yaffle’s Whirlagust anthology. His debut pamphlet, Moonlight through the Velux window, was published by Yaffle in June.

Paul Waring

Paul is an award-winning poet from the Wirral, UK and a member of the Wirral Poetry Festival organising team. He was first runner-up in the 2019 Yaffle Prize, a winner in the 2018 Wirral Festival of Firsts ‘Greenspaces with Lens and Pen’ competition, and was nominated for the 2017 Pushcart Prize. His poems are widely published in print journals, anthologies and online magazines including Prole, Atrium, Strix, Algebra of Owls, Here Comes Everyone, Amaryllis, Riggwelter, Clear Poetry, Three Drops From A Cauldron, High Window, The Curlew, Ofi Press, Marble Poetry and The Lampeter Review. Paul's pamphlet 'Quotidian', was published by Yaffle in 2019

Pat Edwards

Pat is a writer, workshop facilitator, performer, reviewer and general poetry activist. Her work has appeared in Prole, Magma, Ink Sweat & Tears, Atrium and others, as well as in a number of anthologies. Pat was commended in the Geoff Stevens memorial competition organised by Indigo Dreams in both 2018 and 2019. She hosts Verbatim poetry open mic nights and curates Welshpool Poetry Festival. Pat's first pamphlet 'Only Blood' will be published by Yaffle in October.
 

Matt Nicholson

Matt is a poet from East Yorkshire. His two poetry collections to-date, There and back to see how far it is and We are not all blessed with a hat-shaped head, bristle with words that are sometimes dark and intense, sometimes lyrical and tender, but always painstakingly honest. He completed his first national tour, supporting Matt Abbott, in 2018, and his next collection will be published by Yaffle Press in 2020.

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