Remixed Borders – Poets in Residence

In association with The Poetry School, our popular Poets-in-Residence scheme will be running again this year.

Thanks to the amazing popularity of our poets in residence last year, this year we're going bigger and better for #RemixedBorders! In collaboration with The Poetry School, we're working with 30 amazing poets across 27 beautiful gardens. You’ll be able to see what’s inspired them if you visit over the Weekend.

You can follow all of their activities on Twitter via #remixedborders.

Download the E-book of poems from last year's poets.

Alex Josephy

Picture of Alex Josephy
Garden:
Markham Square »
Biography:
I live in London and Italy, and love to spend as much time as possible wandering in parks and gardens in both countries. My poetry pamphlet, ‘Other Blackbirds’ was published by Cinnamon Press in March 2016. My poems have also been published in a wide range of magazines, on-line sites and anthologies, and I've won poetry awards including the McLellan prize 2014, the Battered Moons prize 2013 and the Hippocrates Prize for poetry and medicine (second prize 2010).

Ali Lewis

Garden:
Nomura International PLC »

Andrea Robinson

Garden:
Share Community Garden »

Ann Perrin

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Garden:
Earls Court Square »
Favourite Garden Flower:
forget-me-nots
Biography:
Ann has lived and worked in London most of her life. She is the daughter of professional marionette makers and performers and has had careers in the theatre, teaching and therapy.  Ann now lives in Brighton, is an award-winning blogger and is currently finalising her second collection of poetry, 'The Puppeteer's Daughter'.

Axel Kacoutié

Garden:
Manchester Square Gardens »

Carol Rowntree Jones

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Garden:
The Mosaic Rooms »
Favourite Garden Flower:
fuchsia
Biography:
Carol is based in south Nottinghamshire, where she leads creative writing workshops and runs Nottingham Poetry Series. Her work has been published in <em>The North, 111O&nbsp;</em>&nbsp;and <em>Staple</em>, and she won the inaugural Overton Poetry Prize in 2014.

David Hale

Garden:
Gainsborough Gardens »

Dorothy Yamamoto / Gloria Nneo

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Garden:
Museum of the Order of St John »
Biography:
Dorothy Yamamoto grew up in Barnet, north London, where her Japanese father and English mother settled after the war. That divided background is the source of many of her poems. She now lives in Oxford, and writes non-fiction books about animals as well as poetry. Her collection, <em>Landscape with a Hundred Bridges</em>, came out after she won the 2007 Blinking Eye competition, judged by Don Paterson.

Eleanor Vale & Alesha Racine

Garden:
Brunswick Square »

Frances White

Garden:
Woodville Day Centre »

Ginny Saunders

Garden:
St George's Gardens »

Hamizah Adzmi

Garden:
Ashworth Mansions Garden »

Joanna Ingham

Garden:

Julia Bird

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Garden:
The Deanery »
Favourite Garden Flower:
stock flowers
Biography:
Julia Bird grew up in Gloucestershire and now lives in London, where she works for the Poetry School and also as an independent live literature producer. Her collections <em>Hannah and the Monk</em> (2008) and <em>Twenty-four Seven Blossom</em> (2013) are published by Salt.

Lewis Buxton

Garden:
Alexandra Road Park »

Lisa Kiew

Garden:
Crescent Garden »

Lousie Adam

Garden:
Sellincourt Primary School Edible Garden »

Mary Dickins

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Garden:
Collingham Gardens Nursery »
Favourite Garden Flower:
cornflower
Biography:
Mary Dickins is a stand-up poet who aims to write and perform accessible poetry that appeals to a wide audience. Typical poetry airings include community events and festivals in London, Roundhouse Radio, the Sunday Assembly and various poetry nights .She sometimes works with the Poetry Takeaway &lsquo;the world&rsquo;s first purpose-built mobile poetry emporium&rsquo; and was a national Slam finalist for Poetry Rivals in 2015. This is her second year as a poet in residence for OGSW.

Mike Sims

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Garden:
Branch Hill Allotments  »
Favourite Garden Flower:
cyclamen
Biography:
Mike Sims has contributed to several art-poetry projects. His work featured in the exhibition <em>Things That Are There</em>, Margate, 2015, and he and artist Roy Willingham are collaborating on a book about Joseph Cornell and Amy Winehouse. With the poet Julia Bird, he runs 'A Joy Forever', live events celebrating the life and work of John Keats. He was poet in residence at the Friends' Meeting House, Winchmore Hill, during the Open Garden Squares Weekend in 2015.

Nicola Jackson

Garden:
Montagu Square »

Philip Wood

Garden:
Providence Row Rooftop Garden »

Ryan Norman

Garden:
Test Garden »

Selina Rodgrigues

Garden:
Red Cross Garden »

Shirley Nicholson

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Garden:
Formosa Garden »
Biography:
Shirley Nicholson comes from a Scottish family and has been involved in singing, the visual arts and gardening as well as supporting her husband in his work as a local government councillor. She brought her aunt's WW2 diary to publication,<em> The Milk Lady at New Park Farm</em>, and has recently completed an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Manchester. She lives in Manchester and spends time in Edinburgh. The first years of married life were spent in London.

St John Stephen

Garden:
The Golden Baggers »

Steph Morris

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Garden:
The House of St Barnabas »
Biography:
Steph Morris is himself a gardener, also a literary translator from German. He is a student on the Poetry School and Newcastle University's new MA in Writing Poetry. He has divided his gardening and writing time between Germany, Spain and the UK, but is now based in London.

Tolu Agbelusi

Garden:
Postman's Park »

Toni Hurford

Garden:
Barbican Wildlife Garden, Fann Street »