Cliff Forshaw teaches at Hull University creative Writing as well as convening or contributing to a wide spectrum of literary courses focusing on Elizabethan, Romantic and contemporary literature. Cliff has particular interests in classical and Renaissance satire and myth, translation, and contemporary poetry.
Cliff has been a Blue Nose Poet-of-the-Year, International Writer-in-Residence at Hobart, Tasmania; Writer-in-Residence at Borsec, Transylvania; twice a Writing Fellow at Hawthornden Castle, Scotland; a Djerrassi Resident Artist in California; and, as a performer, winner of the Welsh Academi John Tripp Award. A recent chapbook Wake won the Flarestack Pamphlet Prize 2009. His most recent full-length collection Trans includes an updating of Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Cliff, working with the musicians Roddie Harris and Bethan Jones translated Trans itself from page to stage performance. A new full-length collection, Pilgrim Tongues, is due from Arc in 2012. (more on http://www.cliffforshaw.co.uk)
MATHURA (aka Margus Lattik) is an Estonian writer and artist, member of the Estonian Writers’ Union. He is an author of six collections of poetry, one travelogue and one CD of his readings to Kaido Kirikmäe’s music. He emerged in the 1990s as a member of the literary formation Erakkond (lit. The Hermits’ Party), along with Kristiina Ehin and Aare Pilv, among others, while his first personal collection was published in 2001.
In 2005, a poem of his, “Unfolding”, was nominated to Juhan Liiv Poetry Award, while in 2006 his book ‘Kohalolu’ (‘Presence’) was nominated for the Best Estonian Poetry Book of the Year Award by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia. Mathura has participated in several international festivals in Poland, India, Macedonia, Estonia, Romania and elsewhere (website http://www.mathura.ee)
FLORIN DAN PRODAN is a poet and cultural manager living in the north of Romania. He is the president of Artfest Cultural Association and organizes various cultural and art programs as literary readings, art contests for teenagers or cinemateque and exhibitions. He writes poetry, cultural articles, interviews, essays etc. He also translates English contemporary poetry. In 2008 he founded Cenaclul Zidul de Hartie (www.ziduldehartie.wordpress.com), a literary and artistically movement of poets and visual artists that keep on working in present.
He organizes, since 2002, summer international artist camp. From 2006 he is the coordinator of the yearly international writers and artists’ residency Borsec InSide Zone. His education includes a BA in Romanian Literature of Suceava University and an MA of Iasi ‘Al. I. Cuza’ University.