The Penzance Stanza
M. J. Oliver’s first collection of poetry was recently awarded 2nd prize by New Welsh Writing. Her poems have appeared in many periodicals and anthologies in UK and US; five have been set to music by Cornish composer, Judith Bailey. Prizes won include those judged by Paul Muldoon and Ruth Padel. She edits Piccolina, a Poetry Newsletter promoting live poetry events in Cornwall, and is chair of The Poetry Society͛s Penzance Stanza Group. In January 2018 she was awarded a place on a year-long Mentoring Scheme run by the Cinnamon Press.
Abigail Elizabeth Rowland is a former teacher who writes poetry and short fiction from her home in Penzance. Examples of her work have appeared in more than a hundred and fifty magazines, journals and anthologies including outlets in the USA and Canada, Australia, India and Hungary. She was the the winner of the One Million Stories Creative Writing Challenge and the author of Old Bones and Other Stories and for two years the co-editor of Poetry24. Abigail is currently the editor of Ficcolina, a prose-based sister publication to Piccolina (above). She is also Secretary to The Poetry Society’s Penzance Stanza Group.
Vicki Morley has been writing poems for 5 years. Recent successes are winning The Plough international poetry prize 2017 with Double Zero Flour and being highly commended by Sarah Howe in the 2017 Winchester Poetry Prize with Joseph and Jacques Discover.
Rebecca Johnson Bista was formerly a journalist and now writes fiction and poetry. She has had poems published in The broadsheet for poets based in the South-West. She won the Words With Jam First Page competition and had a story shortlisted for the Asham Award for women writers in 2012. She is working on her first novel, and also writes reviews. Rebecca lives in West Penwith.
The group’s work will be introduced by international poet and Penzance resident Katrina Naomi (pictured). Katrina was the Chair of the Penzance Stanza Group until September 2017, and is still a member.