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.

Alex Josephy

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Garden:
Markham Square »
Biography:
Alex lives in London and Italy. Her poetry pamphlet Other Blackbirds was published by Cinnamon Press in March 2016.

Ali Lewis

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Garden:
Nomura International PLC »
Biography:
Ali Lewis is a 27 year old poet whose work has appeared in Poetry Review and the Rialto. He works for the Poetry School.

Andrea Robinson

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Garden:
Share Community Garden »
Biography:
Artist, writer and printmaker, Andrea Robinson uses many forms and media to tell personal stories - she has been writing poetry for nearly as many years as she has been growing vegetables in her South London allotment plot and is delighted to bring these two things together for Mixed Borders 2017.
Planned Activity:
Andrea Robinson in Share garden is doing lots of mini readings, and will be chalking poems on paths and (possibly) carving poems on squashes.

Ann Perrin

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Garden:
Earls Court Square »
Favourite Garden Flower:
forget-me-nots
Biography:
Ann was born in the Blitz and is the daughter of marionette makers and performers. She published her second collection The Puppeteer's Daughter in 2016.

Axel Kacoutié

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Garden:
Manchester Square Gardens »
Biography:
Axel Kacoutié is a poet and composer from South London. He uses poetry, music and art to explore themes on love, identity and the human condition, bridging the gap between the mundane and the unseen.

Carol Rowntree Jones

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Garden:
The Mosaic Rooms »
Favourite Garden Flower:
fuchsia
Biography:
Carol Rowntree Jones won the inaugural Overton Poetry Prize with her sequence This Is Not Normal Behaviour, published by Lamplight Press. She was poet in residence at the first South Downs Poetry Festival in 2016..

David Hale

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Garden:
Gainsborough Gardens »

Dorothy Yamamoto / Gloria Nneo

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Garden:
Museum of the Order of St John »
Biography:
Dorothy Yamamoto lives in Oxford and writes non-fiction books about animals as well as poetry. Gloria Nneoma Onwuneme is a Danish-born, Derby-based Nigerian medical student with a love of language.

Eleanor Vale & Alesha Racine

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Garden:
Brunswick Square »
Biography:
Alesha lives and works in Cambridge as a poet and pianist..

Eleanor lives in Suffolk and had her first pamphlet, Think of Something Else, published last year, by The Garlic Press.

Frances White

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Garden:
Woodville Day Centre »
Biography:
Frances White's first collection of poetry, Swiftscape, was published by The Seventh Quarry Press, 2016.
Planned Activity:
As Woodville Day Centre cares for people with dementia, Frances will reflect this in short, fragmentary poems. Crocheted forget-me-nots, often used as an emblem for dementia, will also be on display. Visitors' responses to the garden will be welcome and there will be poetry readings at 2pm.

Ginny Saunders

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Garden:
St George's Gardens »
Biography:
Ginny Saunders is a former molecular biologist who writes about natural history in poetry and prose. She lives in Wiltshire amongst the chalky white horses.

Hamizah Adzmi

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Garden:
Ashworth Mansions Garden »
Biography:
Formerly a writer for a lifestyle/entertainment website in Malaysia, Hamizah Adzmi is currently pursuing her MA in Creative Writing at Brunel University London, and is a big believer that words can move people.
Planned Activity:
Hamizah Adzmi in Ashworth Mansions garden is thinking a lot about childhood memories associated with the garden, and is going to do a poetic lucky dip.

Joanna Ingham

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Garden:
Biography:
Joanna grew up in Suffolk and now lives in Hertfordshire. She writes poetry and fiction. She often draws inspiration from nature.
Planned Activity:
Joanne Ingham in Triangle is doing a three part poem where people will have to visit all the three gardens in that little cluster to collect all the verses, and she’s also writing triangle shaped poems.

John Canfield

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Garden:
Barbican Wildlife Garden, Fann Street »

Julia Bird

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Garden:
The Deanery »
Favourite Garden Flower:
stock flowers
Biography:
Julia Bird is the Poetry School’s Creative Director, and has many fewer pot-plants than she does poetry books.

Lewis Buxton

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Garden:
Alexandra Road Park »
Biography:
Lewis Buxton is a poet and arts producer. He leads creative writing workshops in schools, libraries and universities around the country and currently lives in London.

Lisa Kiew

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Garden:
Crescent Garden »
Biography:
L Kiew is a Chinese-Malaysian living in London where she occasionally sees plants from her homeland in local gardens.

Lousie Adam

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Garden:
Biography:
Louise gained an MA in Art as Environment from Manchester Metropolitan University, following which she spent time in residence at Lothlorien Community and Samye Ling Buddhist community, Louise lives in Edinburgh, where she is currently pursuing her arts and writing practice.

Mary Dickins

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Garden:
Collingham Gardens Nursery »
Favourite Garden Flower:
cornflower
Biography:
Mary Dickins aims to write and perform accessible poetry that appeals to a wide audience. She has performed at many literary events and poetry slams. She has a tendency to rhyme for which she refuses to apologise. She likes nature, places, things and people so she is never short of material.

Mike Sims & Ryan Norman

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Garden:
St Mary's Secret Garden »
Favourite Garden Flower:
cyclamen
Biography:
Mike Sims is a co-founder of Forest Poets in London E17, and has set up several ekphrastic projects with galleries, museums and artists, to which he has also contributed. Currently he and Roy Willingham are collaborating on an artist’s book about Amy Winehouse and Joseph Cornell. Ryan Norman is in his third year of studying English Literature at the University of Manchester

Nicola Jackson

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Garden:
Montagu Square »
Biography:
Nicola has worked in research and in community education and now writes in Cumbria and London; her poetry is published in a number of newspapers and journals, and she is studying for an MA in Writing Poetry with Newcastle University and the Poetry School.
Planned Activity:
Nicola Jackson in Montague Square is going to made seed packet poems, and is also incorporating a huge list of local domestic service workers’ names from the 1871 census.

Philip Wood

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Garden:
Providence Row Rooftop Garden »
Biography:
Phil Wood is a writer who has worked with homeless people and believes trees should count as Facebook friends.

Selina Rodrigues

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Garden:
Red Cross Garden »
Biography:
Selina is exploring belonging, identity and the craft garden and urban landscape with the residents and workers that use the garden. Selina's poetry has been published in a range of journals and anthologies.
Planned Activity:
Selina will do two poetry readings, Saturday at 3pm and Sunday at 12.15pm. She will also be unrolling poems, tying up poems and doing a ‘what's your garden’ poetic quiz!

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, The Milk Lady at New Park Farm, 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

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Garden:
The Golden Baggers »
Biography:
A broadcaster and poet who has worked as a gardener in London for over 20 years.

Steph Morris

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Garden:
The House of St Barnabas »
Biography:
Steph Morris is a writer, translator, artist and gardener based in Europe. This year he is completing the MA Writing Poetry at The Poetry School in conjunction with Newcastle University.
Planned Activity:
Steph Morris at St Barnabas is doing poems in the menus in the café tables, and – as St Barnabas is the patron saint of encouragement – he’s going to encourage visitors to write garden haiku.

Tolu Agbelusi

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Garden:
Postman's Park »
Biography:
Tolu Agbelusi is a Nigerian British poet, playwright and lawyer with a gentle but powerful voice. She tells stories with a subtle empathy that hits deep.