BREIS (Brother Reaching Each Inner Soul) is an inspirational and dynamic Nigerian rap artist based in the UK. His name stands for and he’s known for fusing Hip Hop with Jazz and Afro-beat, combined with thought-provoking and humorous wordplay. BREIS raps mainly in English, but also incorporates Yoruba and Pigdin, and has shared stages worldwide with artists such as Dead Prez, Big Daddy Kane, Black Thought (The Roots), Angie Stone and Les Nubians. He is also the author of the UK’s first interactive rap book, Brilliant Rappers Educate Intelligent Students.
Lewis Buxton is a poet whose work has appeared in Ambit Magazine, Magma, & Oxford Poetry. He has been shortlisted for the York Literary Festival Prize, the Oxford Brookes International Prize and in 2018 he came third in the Magma Poetry Prize. He has performed around the UK, and teaches creative writing in schools and libraries, focusing on how to build creativity and confidence in young people. He graduated from the UEA in 2014 and lives in Norwich.
Andrea Holland Andrea Holland teaches Literature and Creative Writing at UEA. She has published two collections of poetry: Broadcasting and Borrowed, with many poems in magazines. She also works with artists and is interested in word and image collaborations. Her many former jobs includes work as an extra on EastEnders and also as a deliverer of catalogues; these may or may not have informed her writing.
Molly Naylor Molly Naylor is a highly successful writer, performer, poet and theatre-maker. She writes about things, people and places that inspire, interest, bewilder or amuse her. Her solo show, debuted at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and was toured around the world. Her adaptation of the book of Malachi was staged at The Bush as part of Sixty-Six Books and she has recently published her first poetry collection Badminton. She performs and reads at festivals and events worldwide. Her advice to all poets is to get started and “never write in a way you think someone else wants you to.” http://mollynaylor.com
Jeremy Noel-Tod Jeremy Noel-Tod teaches Literature at UEA. He is also a poetry critic who has written for many national publications. In 2013 he edited The Oxford Companion for Modern Poetry and his new anthology, The Penguin Book of the Prose Poem, will be published later this year.
Eleanor Stewart-Pointing arrived at UEA ten years ago to study for a BA in English Literature with Creative Writing and enjoyed it so much that she is still here, now working towards a PhD. She has had poems published in a number of magazines online and in print and has a particular interest in poetry that brings classical mythology to life.
Jos Smith is a poet and lecturer in contemporary literature at UEA. A passionate and engaged environmentalist, he is the author of The New Nature Writing, Rethinking the Literature of Place. His first collection of poems Subterranea, published in 2016, explores humankind’s relationship with the earth it shares.
Luke Wright Edinburgh Fringe Festival-winning poet, Luke Wright writes bawdy bar room ballads about Westminster rogues and small-town tragedies. Since 2006 he has written and performed nine spoken word shows and two verse plays, touring them to top literary and arts festivals from Australia to Scotland via Hong Kong and Bruges. He has won a raft of awards, and has published four books with Penned in the Margins and co-authored a book that showcases his humour for Hamish Hamilton/Penguin. He lives in Bungay and hosts and co-programmes all the poetry for Latitude Festival. https://www.lukewright.co.uk