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5th London Poetry Festival 2009 (August 7-10) welcomes five brilliant new Poets in Residence
Munayem Mayenin
munayemmayenin wrote in poetryelleesium
The London Poetry Festival 2009 -- a four-day showcase of contemporary poetry from the UK and beyond -- is celebrating its fifth year, and 2009 promises to be the biggest and best event yet. With a brand new team behind it, the Festival is playing host to talented young poets like Matt Merritt, Sam Meekings and Simon Freedman, Adam Horovitz, as well as experienced poets like Michael Horovitz and putting on four nights of fantastic literary and musical entertainment from 7th - 10th August.

As always, the London Poetry Festival has also offered five poetry residencies to poets whose works have caught the eyes of the new team. Previous Poets in Residence include Tom Chivers, Luke Wright and Philip Ruthen among many others, and this year's quintet represents an exciting mix of poetic styles and ideologies. The 2009 Poets in Residence are Aiko Harman, Rebecca Atherton, Bryan Oliver, Christian Ward and Tony Fernandez.

Aiko Harman

Aiko Harman is currently studying for an MSc in Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh. She has a degree in Creative Writing and Mass Communications Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. Aiko was Poet in Residence at Poets' Letter in March/April 2009, and her work has also appeared in Anon, Dash Literary Journal and The Glasgow Review. Her first name means 'love' in Japanese and her first love is poetry.

Rebecca Atherton

The editor of literary arts magazine Inside Out, Rebecca Atherton spends her life surrounded by words. She is currently hard at work on her third novel, and penning poems. Formerly a web designer, Rebecca has been deputy editor of two magazines (CityLife & Poets' Letter), contributed editorial services to many others, written two and a half novels, numerous short stories and over a hundred poems, thinking of little else throughout but writing and the literary world. She founded Inside Out a little over two years ago. Her work has been published in magazines, anthologies and online.

Bryan Oliver

Bryan Oliver is a writer, actor and director. He has had plays produced by the BBC and Radio Telefis (Ireland) and many plays performed on the London Fringe with several touring the country. He won the Festival du Cinéma de Paris best actor award in 2007. He is currently resident writer with Utopia Arts and also writes for and directs The Poetry Show.

Christian Ward

Christian Ward's poetry has appeared in Iota, Other Poetry, The Warwick Review, Poetry Wales and The Kenyon Review. He was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2007 and was shortlisted for the 2007 Plough Prize. He was shortlisted for an Eric Gregory award this year. He has had several pamphlets published; most recently, Bone Transmissions, from US-based Maverick Duck Press (March 2009). He hopes to eventually have a full length collection of poetry published.

Tony Fernandez

Tony Fernandez writes poetry, plays, proverbs on personal development and children's stories, and has a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Lagos, Nigeria in English and World Literature. He published his first book, "The Beauty in the Dark" (a collection of poetrywhich received critical acclamation in many circles around the world), in 1999, and he is currently in the process of writing his third book which is likely to be published this year. He is the Editor for Africa Awakening Online and several of his poems can be found on The Africa Awakening Online Website.

The London Poetry Festival runs from Friday 7th to Monday 10th August, 7.30pm - 10.30pm each evening. The venue is Waterloo St John's Church, Waterloo, SE1. For more information contact any of us at the Festival Team:

Featival Team:

Festival Residency and Education Director: Claire Askew /

Festival Public Relations Director: Sharon Harriott

Festival Director: Munayem Mayenin

Thank you

Claire Askew

Residency and Education Director

Editor in Chief
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