Sally is Executive Director of Poetry School, responsible for direction in areas such as funding, partnerships, alumni and other areas of strategic growth and delivery. She studied English at the University of Oxford and embarked on a career in magazine and newspaper publishing, moving into philanthropy with charities ranging from educational projects such as the Story Museum, The Poetry Archive and University of Oxford to large scale national charities targeting deprivation with OnSide Youth Zones. Sally writes fiction and is working on her first novel. Contact Sally to discuss all varieties of funding opportunities and other strategic partnerships.
Will is the Senior Programme Manager at Poetry School. Will studied Art History and has worked for Quercus Publishing, Microsoft, Betfair, Serpentine Galleries, Bush Hall, Rose Theatre Kingston, the English Folk Dance and Song Society, Popbitch, and appeared in musicals and cabarets as an accordion/piano accompanist. He is a student of the Lagan Lutherie School and worked at The Boatyard Guitar Workshop in West London. In 2018, he helped to produce events and courses for the Song Collectors Collective. Contact Will if you’re interested in teaching opportunities, partnerships, projects, writing for the blog.
John is our MA, Events & Facilities Manager. John studied Drama at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and went on to train as an actor, but due to a clerical error has spent the better part of fifteen years working as an Administrator in Commercial Property, Local Council and Education. He has been a student at the Poetry School for many years and his poems have been published in a variety of magazines, journals and anthologies. Contact John if you want to discuss our MA in Writing Poetry or hire a space.
Chloë is our Office Administrator. Chloë studied English with Creative Writing at Goldsmiths, where she first discovered her natural flare for using the VLOOKUP function in Microsoft Excel. Chloë’s interests extend beyond reading and writing poems to lounging decoratively across various furniture, and running an open mic and poetry night in Peckham called Fresh Lip. Send Chloë a question about virtually anything at all to firstname.lastname@example.org and she’ll be more than happy to help you out.
Ali is our Marketing, Special Projects & Editorial Manager. Ali has a degree in Politics from Cambridge, and an MA in Creative Writing from Goldsmiths College. He tries to take part in at least one Poetry School course every term, and has his work published in various anthologies and magazines. His personal website is alilewispoet.com. Get in touch with Ali to discuss marketing and advertising, our professional development projects (Primers, The Resurgence Prize, New North Poets), or partnerships. If you want to talk about writing for our blog, you can contact either Ali or Will.
Anna is our Outreach Producer. She is responsible for Poetry School’s outreach and social impact projects on a local and national level. Anna has worked as an event producer for Index on Censorship, Poetry in Aldeburgh and as Festival Manager for Cambridge Literary Festival and Wimpole History Festival, programming and producing events with partners such as BFI Southbank, British Library, Foyles, Essex Book Festival and National Trust. She studied an MA in Icelandic poetry and performance at the University of Iceland and specialised in medieval literature and languages at the University of Cambridge (BA). In her spare time, she runs a live game-show style radical feminist book club at The Book Club. Contact Anna to discuss engagement opportunities, live events and artistic collaborations.
Andy is our Core Programme Manager. He programmes all of our Face-to-Face courses and workshops around the UK and in London. Andy has a BA in Media & Modern Literature and an MA in Modern Literary Theory from Goldsmiths, University of London. He is Director and Editor of the independent poetry press clinic, has written and produced several works for the theatre and is currently developing a PhD proposal on the writing of Mark Z. Danielewski, Deleuzian metaphysics and the philosophy of time.
Maryam is the Finance Officer at Poetry School. Maryam studied Accountancy at Edinburgh Napier University. She worked as treasurer at North Glasgow Community Food Initiative for 4 years and in various Finance Officer roles before joining the Poetry School in October 2013. Maryam’s main role is to manage and administrate the day-to-day finances of the organisation including payroll, bills, invoicing, deposits, banking and budget management. She also plays a key role in the financial planning for the organisation.
Ed Wall & Holly Farler – Caretakers
Ed and Holly are the people who will welcome you into our premises, help you find your classroom, and make sure there’s plenty of tea and coffee on hand. Save Save