Michelle Stevens

I started Inspiration In Isolation to help share the fantastic creativity that has arisen via the impact of the Coronavirus lockdowns and the Covid pandemic.

My full-time job is in the cinema industry but I have always loved writing including poetry, blogging and children's picture books. Writing is undoubtedly my wind down, therapy and escapism.

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Clair Whitefield

Hello. My name's Clair and I co-run Inspiration In Isolation. I am a poet, storyteller and playwright.  I have been writing for years and years and have performed at places like the Settle Storytelling Festival and Ledbury Poetry Festival.  I am currently writing a radio play, Feather Fell.  When I am not performing or writing, I work as a copywriter. 

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Cara Roberts

I am a keen poetry writer and in 2019 set up my own Instagram account. I like to think poetry can be written anywhere so I'm often found scribbling away on the tube to work. My writing style is playful and I have a real love for anything that rhymes.

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Jo Dearden

Jo Dearden is a working class Mum from Lancashire. Always thinking, often writing, seldom read. 

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Brian Bilston

Frequently described as the "Poet Laureate of Twitter", Brian Bilston is a poet clouded in the pipe smoke of mystery. Very little is known about him other than the fragments of information revealed on social media. His published books include Diary of a Somebody and You Took The Last Bus Home.

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Lucy Short

After leaving primary school teaching, Lucy now works for local children’s charity 'SELFA' that supports disabled, disadvantaged and vulnerable children in Craven, North Yorkshire. Having spent so much time in children’s company, she thought it was important to share the perspective of the young people around us.

Find out more about SELFA here

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Matt Goodfellow

Matt Goodfellow

Matt's from Manchester. He's a National Poetry Day Ambassador for the Forward Arts Foundation. His most recent collection is ‘Bright Bursts of Colour’ (Bloomsbury 2020). Other books include his acclaimed debut collection, ‘Carry Me Away’,‘Be the Change’, ‘The Same Inside’ and ‘Chicken on the Roof’ He spent over ten years working as a primary school teacher but now fills his week with writing, schools visits, libraries & festivals to deliver high-energy, fun-filled poetry performances and workshops.

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Becky Gregory

Becky Gregory is a keen writer of fiction, short stories and poetry. After completing a PhD in Biological Chemistry, she went into science publishing and now works as a freelance editor for science journals. Writing daily poems during lockdown has helped her to remain sane during this emotional time.

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    Joshua Seigal

    Joshua Seigal is a professional poet and performer from London. He has books published by Bloomsbury and other major publishers, and in 2020 won the prestigious Laugh Out Loud Book Award.

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    Aoife Mannix

    Aoife Mannix has published four collections of poetry and a novel. She has previously been poet in residence for the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Portsmouth Museum and BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live amongst others.  She has a PhD in creative writing from Goldsmiths, University of London.

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      Phoebe Skinner 

      Phoebe Skinner, aged 9. I live in a small village in Northamptonshire. I enjoy horse riding, running, baking, art and playing with my younger brother, two dogs and cat. I wrote this poem, during our 3rd week of Corona Virus shutdown.

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      Neal Zetter

      Neal Zetter

      Neal is an award-winning comedy performance poet, children's author (of eight books), and entertainer with a 25-year background in communication management and mentoring. He uses his interactive rhythmic, rhyming poetry to to develop literacy, confidence, creativity and communications skills in 3-103 yr olds, making words and language accessible for the least engaged whilst streeeeeeetching the most able.

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      Dianne Colk

      I am an Australian artist specialising in drawing, painting and printmaking.  I have written poetry occasionally over the years.
      I live in inner city Melbourne but also spend time in the Northern Territory as my son lives in Darwin.  Unfortunately, since the Covid-19 Lockdown, who knows when we can next travel to the “Top End”?

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      Holly Atkinson

      I write late at night when inspiration hits, plus it's the only time I have to focus on it. I am a stay at home Mum to our 2 year old son, farmer's wife, qualified veterinary surgeon and motorcyclist. I write poems about our everyday life and special occasions too. 

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      Kurt Deed 

      Kurt Deed is an actor, a comedian and writer. He refers to himself in third person as it helps him draft his yet-to-be-published Wikipedia entry

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      Chris White

      Chris White is a writer. Illustrator and performance poet. He has had many books published since his first, ‘Bitey the Veggie Vampire’, in 2000.

      His poetry performances and writing workshops have taken him all over the world, visiting schools and book festivals in places such as China, Russia, Vietnam and The Congo

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      Laura Church

      Laura grew up in Malawi and has lived and worked on four continents. A communications consultant and speech writer whose words have been spoken at the United Nations and published in the New York Times, Laura has only recently begun to publish non-fiction in her own name. She is currently polishing her first novel. 

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      Anna-Grace Du Noyer

      As well as a poet, Anna-Grace is a communications specialist for a leading UK retailer. She takes inspiration from human nature, the weather and wild landscapes. Her distinct style of poetry-journaling began during the period of her mother’s terminal battle with brain cancer, establishing her signature storytelling collections.

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      Graham Hopwood

      Graham although originally born in Halifax now lives in Namibia and has lived there almost 30 years. He currently works as a researcher based in the capital, Windhoek. His poetry is published via his poetry via Instagram under the name Unquiet Dreamer. 

       

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      Emma Fielder

      Emma blogs at www.meufanglais.wordpress.com 

      and is a contributing writer at Her Edit magazine. Prior to that, she worked in charity communications for 11 years. She has also worked as a regional newspaper journalist, and in children’s book publishing. During the lockdown, she is fast developing a passion for Scrabble.   

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      Aparna Muralidharan

      I am an accountant that writes poetry. I live in New York City and use words to calm myself, and hopefully others around me.

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      Lily Eastwood

      Lily Eastwood is a 12 year old high school student that lives in England. She likes reading and writing, especially writing stories and poems.

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      Mark Bird 

      My name is Mark C Bird. I’m the creator of Dreambeastpoems.com: a website full of inspirational poems, stories and illustrations for children. My poems have been published in the Over The Moon Series by Gill Education. I am a part-time primary school teacher.     

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      Peter Cole

      I am a copywriter, designer and publisher of funny, pun-filled greeting cards and a published Poet too.

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      Rod Glenn

      Rod Glenn is a writer, screen and stage actor and owner of independent press, Wild Wolf Publishing. Novels include the best-selling Sinema series and acting roles include Monster (2018), The More You Ignore Me (2018), American Assassin (2017) and the long-running play, The Life of Reilly.

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      Heleana Blackwell

      Heleana Blackwell is a strategist at a leading creative agency in London and enjoys stand up comedy in her spare time. She has performed at venues such as Angel Comedy at the Camden Head, King Gong at the Comedy Store, 44 stories at 4Northdown and Comedy Bloomers at the Seven Dials Club. She also writes nonfiction on the future of work and has published reports for The Guardian.

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      Mariam

      My name is Mariam. Or actually, it’s not. Mariam is my hypothetical therapist. She listens to everything I say and takes notes. The most important things I say, she turns into poetry and publishes them on Instagram. I hope you enjoy her writings about my mind.

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      Sarah Morrell

      Sarah is an award winning picture book author from Yorkshire whose latest titles include ’The King and the Cockerel’ and ‘Molly’s Magic Brolly’.  When she is not reading, writing or sharing her stories across schools, Sarah can be found refereeing her own mini-brood, ideally surrounded with tea and cake.  

       

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      Cheryl Lee-White

      My name is Cheryl Lee-White from Somerset I am a mother to 3 little ladies, a blogger and a children's author.

      My link is www.thesimplemum.com

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      Krishan Singh Chhatwal

      Krishan is 6 years old and attends Garden House School in London. Krishan loves reading, building Lego, playing the guitar, watching films and running.

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      Rhian Waller

      Rhian Waller's short fiction and poetry has featured in several publications, most recently Akashic books. Her first novel, Eithe's Way, won the Write Factor Shortlist prize in 2014. Ship Rats, her first children's book, won first prize in its 2017 Wishing Shelf Awards category.

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      Kenn Nesbitt

      Kenn Nesbitt

      Former US Children's Poet Laureate (2013-15) Kenn Nesbitt is the author
      of many books for kids, including "Kiss, Kiss Good Night," "My Hippo Has
      the Hiccups," "Revenge of the Lunch Ladies," and many others. His
      website, poetry4kids.com, is the most visited children's poetry website
      on the Internet.

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      Chris Plowman

      Chris is the co-founder of Floatworks (www.floatworks.com). He’s a trained
      Breathwork practitioner. When he’s not breathing deeply he’s usually in
      downward dog. Chris is mainly found at the float centres perfecting the
      Floatworks experience and laying a strategy for Floatworks future.

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      Rosil Barrantes

      I have always considered writing as a form of release. For me it can either be an escape from reality or a way to face reality. I am a Filipino freelance writer who recently discovered that sharing poetry online is like getting a little shot of endorphin

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      Morna Sullivan

      Morna Sullivan has always had a love of stories. She is a member of the Coney Island Writers Group, Co. Down and the SCBWI Belfast group. She’s won a few writing competitions, has had short stories and poems published but is still chasing that elusive publishing deal.

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      Alison Hunt

      An aspiring author of Middle Grade fiction, Alison has had one short story and two poems published. One of the poems, a haiku, was recently re-published in ‘I  Am The Seed That Grew The Tree.’  She works on a supermarket checkout and is proud to be a keyworker.

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      Claire Davies

      Claire is a freelance editor and sometimes writer, living in London. 

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      Mark Hanna

      Future '72 is the assorted work of Mark Hanna; a musician, artist and poet from the UK. Mark spent many years working as a guitarist in the music industry before turning his hand to pencil drawings and of course, poetry...a natural evolution from songwriting.

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      Sarah Williams 

      Sarah Williams is a Liverpool born journalist, fibre artist, writer and lover of cats. 

      She lives in the small rural town of Kaiwaka in Northland, New Zealand. 

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      Layla Maghribi

      Layla is a British-Arab freelance writer and multimedia producer. Layla was based out of the UAE for several years working as a journalist for CNN International covering the Middle East before returning to her hometown in London. Layla is now spending her lockdown in the city writing poetry and completing her first novel. www.laylamag.com

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      Kalila Netherling

      Kalila Netherling is an aspiring author that has spent many years writing poetry and dabbling in horror stories, but only after marrying her husband in December of 2019 did she finally come to the decision to share them with the world. Her poetry is quickly gaining recognition via Instagram.

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      Samantha Leach

      Since graduating from Durham University (First Class Honours), Sam has shared her passion for literature at prestigious UK boarding schools and since September, has been teaching in Canada where she founded ‘The English Tutor’ with her partner Julie. During lockdown, she has been teaching children all over the world.

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      Bonnie Radcliffe

      Bonnie is a writer and wild swimmer. She has been writing most of her life and often gets lost in beautiful words. She would be adrift without stories. She writes a swim blog at www.swimbonnieswim.com

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      Charlotte Simmons

      I'm Charlotte Simmons, (no connection to Tom Wolfe). I've been writing as part of my working life for over 20 years but have recently started writing fiction in my spare time. I'm currently running my PR business from home during lockdown, in the middle of a house renovation, with two small children to feed, educate and entertain. The blank page is the place I go when I need to escape, and I'm going there quite a lot at the moment.

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      Jim Landwehr

      Jim is a twenty-first century cartographer and Renaissance man. In between his day job that keeps the lights on and the creditors at bay, he walks his dog, takes an occasional bike ride and scribbles out books and poetry. Next to his wife and his two above average children, his seven books are his biggest pride and joys. He’s working towards a Pulitzer, but at the moment would settle for a few good Amazon Reviews and a little beer money. Visit his site here

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      Sarah Ziman

      Sarah Ziman is originally from Wales, now living in Hertfordshire. She is a proofreader, copy-editor and poet, and writes for both children and adults. Several of her poems for children have appeared in The Caterpillar. During lockdown, she is appreciating nature even more than usual.

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      Poppy Shrimpton

      Hello my name is Poppy Shrimpton, I am 8 years old and I live in Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire.

      I love pandas, art, gymnastics, reading and roller skating.

      I hope you enjoy my poem, I wrote it in week 7 of Lockdown.

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      Julie Stevens

      Julie Stevens lives in Cambridge, UK. She has had Multiple Sclerosis (MS) for 30 years. Her poems reflect the impact MS has on her life, as well as other topics close to her heart. Her poems have been published in various magazines, online and in print. Her website is www.jumpingjulespoetry.com.

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      Catherine

      My name is Catherine I recently moved to the Lancashire coast due to personal problems with my younger son . I am not a poet or writer but a retired primary school teacher and the main carer for my son. I have always loved reading poetry  and occasionally  I’m inspired to write my own poems. I am a member of a support group for carers  and recently I was asked to write a piece of poetry about the my life since lockdown . Thus I wrote ‘Down by the estuary’. 

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      Peter Walsh

      Peter Walsh, has two books written to date. One of 50 Finalists of 8,000 entrants, in an International Poetry Competition. He’s credited by American author, Andrew Joyce in his 7th book called ‘Mahoney’, Olivier Winner, Pat Kinevane. Kris Kristofferson, said his poem ‘The Mirror’ made him puff up with pride”.

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      Tom Moraghan

       Tom Moraghan is 30 years old and lives in Solihull nr Birmingham.

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      Adam Lazarus

      I’m a fun-loving father and fledgling poet who has been posting a poem a day on Facebook since this craziness started. My 'poems for pandemics' are cheerful rhymes for challenging times - silly, funny and clever poems to chronicle the lighter side of crazy current events.

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      Sean Dugher

      My name is Sean and I am 7 years old. I love Lego and playing tennis and cricket. I live in Berkhamsted with my family and two cats. I hope you like my poem.

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      Kenzi Jupp

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      Hi! I’m Kenzi Jupp, I’m 11 and I’m autistic. Trying to raise awareness for autism through the poetry I write using my own personal experiences and insights to promote understanding and acceptance for all.

      After all like my first ever poem says I’m just me!

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      Peter Frederick

      I am a full-time Bid Writer and part-time, unpublished, children's writer, who loves writing humour and bringing a smile, even in the toughest times.

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      Lydia Ragoonanan

      Lydia is a New Zealander living in the U.K. While she writes for her work now and then, it’s in the lock down environment that she has started to express thoughts and feelings through poetry. 

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      Wez Merchant

      Wez Merchant, 40, is the owner of Strike Media and creator of the MyFilmClub social community film app. Created a weekly film industry newsletter during pandemic to help create order from chaos and is a mental health advocate having tackled a vestibular balance disorder

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      Kelli Russell Agodon

      Kelli Russell Agodon

      Kelli Russell Agodon is cofounder of Two Sylvias Press. She is the author of six books and the recipient of Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year Prize in Poetry. Her next collection of poems, Dialogues with Rising Tides, will be published by Copper Canyon Press in 2021. www.agodon.com / www.twosylviaspress.com

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      Melissa Studdard

      Melissa Studdard

      Melissa Studdard is the author of five books (including I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast and Like a Bird with a Thousand Wings) and the recipient of The Penn Review Poetry Prize. Her poems appear in The New York Times, POETRY, The Guardian, and more. www.melissastuddard.com

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      Carmen Fong

      Carmen Fong is a surgeon by day, and a writer/ artist at other times of the day. She has been published online in The Apothecary and Resistance Poetry, and is working on several YA novels. She lives in New York City with her wife and two cats

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      Ceinwen Haydon

      Ceinwen lives in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, and writes short stories and poetry. She has been widely published in web magazines and in print anthologies. She graduated with an MA in Creative Writing from Newcastle University in 2017. She believes everyone’s voice counts.

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      Afra Abro

      Afra is from Hyderabad, Pakistan. She loves writing poetry about the current topics that cause consequences globally. She has composed many spoken word documentaries on her Instagram page and encourages people to view her feed for more content and live poetry readings.

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      Henrietta Heron

      Henrietta writes and paints in Devon, and is the mother of five children.  She is training to be a death doula and works pastorally in a Hospice. Henrietta is currently using spare moments of lockdown induced redundancy to work on her first book. 

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      Conrad Burdekin

      Conrad Burdekin is a leading children's poet, living in West Yorkshire. Throughout Lockdown he has also been writing poems inspired by these three months of craziness. He says that they're not all poems for children! He lives with his wife, three daughters, and oh-so-annoying but loveable dog, Pebbles.

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      Iain Gilmour

      Iain is a professional musician and an amateur blogger having kept a daily blog since January 2018. In the absence of work due to the pandemic, I have challenged myself with other writing. I found this structure of sonnet online and decided to try my own version.

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      David Canning 

      David Canning is from Colchester and has published two poetry collections: An Essex Parish (2015) and The Celestial Spheres (2020).  His poetry has appeared in several anthologies, and on Channel 5’s The Great Gardening Challenge.  In 2020 he was commended in the Poetry Society’s annual Stanza Competition.

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      Deborah Turner

      I’m a woman of a certain age, and the former Head of Publicity for the UK office of a major US film studio, now very happily working part-time within the NHS.

      Writing in one form of another has always been my escape from the stresses and strain of real life.

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      Vimal Madhavan

      Writing gives me the time to find the right word, time I don't get or can't find during a conversation. I like writing about life experiences,
      sometimes looking at my childhood in colonial Fiji, sometimes at whatever is happening around me now.

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