Les Robinson was the founding Director of tall-lighthouse, a renowned poetry publishing business. This organisation introduced many new voices to the UK poetry scene through publishing award winning poetry pamphlets, as well as organising readings, events, and literature-based workshops. Poets first published by Les at tall-lighthouse who have gone on to achieve major successes include Helen Mort, Sarah Howe, Emily Berry, Liz Berry, Adam O’Riordan and Rhian Edwards.
Les stepped back from tall-lighthouse in 2011 and since then he has been a Trustee of the Poetry Book Society (PBS) and most recently completed a project editing the 20/20 series of poetry pamphlets for EYEWEAR press, including a pamphlet from George Szirtes and Lost & Found by Damilola Odelola, selected as PBS pamphlet choice. The series was shortlisted for the 2015 Michael Marks pamphlet publisher award.
Alan Buckley was brought up on Merseyside. His debut pamphlet Shiver (tall-lighthouse) was a Poetry Book Society choice; his second pamphlet The Long Haul was published by HappenStance in 2016, and reprinted in 2017. His poems have also appeared in a wide range of journals and anthologies over the past decade, most recently The Best New British and Irish Poets 2017 and The Forward Book of Poetry 2018. He lives in Oxford where he works as a school writer-in-residence for the charity First Story, and as a psychotherapist for a refugee charity.
Niall Munro is a Senior Lecturer in American Literature and Director of the Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre. He is the author of Hart Crane's Queer Modernist Aesthetic (Palgrave, 2015). He has co-convened a number of conferences about modern and contemporary poetry including ‘New to Next Generation Poets 2014: Three Decades of British and Irish Poetry’ at the IES in London. Together with Professor Kate McLoughlin (University of Oxford), he is the convenor of ‘Post-War: Commemoration, Reconstruction, Reconciliation’, supported by the Andrew Mellon Foundation, an international seminar series from 2017-18 which explores the ways in which cultural commemorative practices contribute to post-war reconstruction and reconciliation. His current book project is entitled 'Our only "felt" history': American modernism and the Civil War'.
Born in Hong Kong, Claire Cox is Head of Business Development for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Oxford Brookes University. She is also a published poet, having completed an MA Creative Writing at Brookes where she was awarded the Blackwell’s Prize for Best Student. She is currently undertaking a part-time poetry-practice PhD with Royal Holloway. Her poems have appeared in Magma, Envoi, Lighthouse and Butcher’s Dog.