Glyn Pursglove recently retired from his position as Reader in English Literature at Swansea University. He has published widely on many aspects of English literature. While many of these publications have been on English poetry of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, he has always had a lively interest in contemporary poetry. He was formerly editor of The Swansea Review. Since his retirement, much of Glyn’s time and energy has gone into the reviewing of concerts and CDs for the website MusicWeb International, and the teaching of the occasional class at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.
Danielle Hope was born in Lancashire and now lives in London. She previously edited Zenos, a magazine of British and international poetry. She has had four books of poetry published and has given many readings both in the UK and abroad. A prize-winning poet, she was a founder member of the Tempest Poetry Group and a trustee of Survivors Poetry to which she still acts as an advisor. Danielle was Festival Poet for the 2nd Torbay Weekend Festival of Poetry and is an Honorary Patron of the Festival.
William Oxley is interviews’ editor of Acumen, and has published many books of poetry and prose. He was poet-in-residence for Torbay during the Year of the Artist and has given readings and lectures throughout Britain and on the Continent. He also believes he is the only British poet to have given a reading in Shangri-la, Nepal. A study of his poetry, The Romantic Imagination, came out in 2005 from Poetry Salzburg. WINNER OF THE 2008 TORBAY ARTSBASE AWARD FOR LITERATURE. His New and Collected Poems was published in 2014 by Rockingham Press, and a pamphlet Walking Sequences & Other Poems is published in 2015.
Patricia Oxley founded Acumen in 1986 and is proud to have showcased the work of many well known poets such as Dannie Abse, Sebastian Barker, John Burnside, Andrew Motion, U.A.Fanthorpe, and R.S.Thomas, as well as providing space for the emergence of new talent. Patricia also runs the much-loved Torbay Poetry Festival, while organising a host of other poetry events in both Devon and London. She is a very well respected figure on the poetry scene, and was awarded the MBE for services to poetry in 2012.