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 takes over as main editor of Acumen from issue 101.
Patricia Oxley founded Acumen in 1985 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 ran the much-loved Torbay Poetry Festival, while organising a host of other poetry events in both Devon and London. She resigned from being editor of Acumen with issue 100 but remains advisory editor, and founder editor, to Danielle Hope who took over the running of the magazine in May 2021.
Andrew Geary is Acumen’s new reviews editor from issue 101. He is an accomplished poet, supporter and enthusiast of poetry. He is treasurer of the Ware Poets in Hertfordshire, with whom he has a long association. His first collection entitled ‘A Shoal of Powan’ was published by Rockingham Press in 2018. Andrew is a chartered accountant by profession and a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He has lived in the UK, Spain and Africa.
ROLL OF HONOUR
Glyn Pursglove was reviews editor for issues 8 to 100 of Acumen. He 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.
William Oxley was interviews’ editor of Acumen. He was poet-in-residence for Torbay during the Year of the Artist and has given readings and lectures throughout Britain and abroad. He believed he was the only British poet to have given a reading in Shangri-la, Nepal. Winner of the 2008 Torbay ArtsBase Award for Literature. A study of his poetry, The Romantic Imagination, came out in 2005 from Poetry Salzburg. His New and Collected Poems was published in 2014 by Rockingham Press, a pamphlet Walking Sequence & Other Poems was published by Indigo Dreams in 2015, and in 2017 Rockingham Press published his prose anecdotes On and Off Parnassus. William was reviews editor for Acumen from issues 1 to 7. He contributed to much more. An interview with William Oxley was published in the Poetry Kit and a tribute to William is published in the Guardian.