Loud Poets launched in 2014 with the aim of making poetry something that could be enjoyed by everyone. They are a collective of poets, writers, musicians and artists who create monthly nights, fringe shows, commissions, workshop and videos. In 2014, founder Kevin McClean was a finalist at the BBC Fringe Slam and won the 2015 Glasgow Slam Championship and the 2017 StAnza Slam Championship. He competed in the 2014, 2015, and 2016 Scottish National Slam Championships and captained Team Edinburgh at the 2015 Intercity Slam. His poem “Evelyn,” performed at the 2015 Loud Poets Edinburgh Fringe show, won StAnza's Best Poem of the Fringe.
Jane Glynn's practice explores aspects of time, memory and storytelling through painting, bookmaking and animation. She has an MA in Children's book Illustration and is a graduate in Fine Art from the University of Hertfordshire. In 2009 she was included in the Jerwood Drawing Prize. As an education officer at Knebworth House (2016) she devised and delivered family art sessions around drawing in the gardens. Since 2017 Jane has worked as an Associate Artist with MK Gallery in Milton Keynes developing participatory art projects with the gallery and other artists and teachers.
Michael Wright is Senior Lecturer on the Fine Art Programme, Faculty of Creative Arts, University of Hertfordshire. He has a Post grad Dip in Fine Art from the Royal Academy Schools and in 2001 undertook an MA by Research entitled 'Drawing, processes of conceptual modelling of landscape space'. This research practice has subsequently developed as an exchange between drawing, sculpture and time-based video installations. Wright exhibits internationally and has acted as consultant on publications for Dorling Kindersley, in association with the Royal Academy of Arts, as well as authoring a number of arts publications on fine art media and digital photography.
UH video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZguDx5_CQE
Helen Little is a curator and PhD candidate at the University of Hertfordshire currently researching Alan Davie and post-war British painting. She was previously Assistant Curator, Modern & Contemporary British Art at Tate Britain where she organised major exhibitions of twentieth century British art including David Hockney (2017); Frank Auerbach (2015); Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life (2013) and Picasso and Modern British Art (2012). She is the author of Tate Introductions: David Hockney (Tate Publishing, 2017) and the online essay, Alan Davie Entrance to a Paradise (2014).
Michael Horovitz is an English poet and artist associated with the British Poetry Revival. In 1959 he founded the periodical, New Departures which he continued to edit for 50 years, coordinating many live New Departures, Jazz Poetry Super Jams and Poetry Olympics festivals. In 1962 his monograph on Alan Davie was published by Methuen. In 1969 Penguin Books published his anthology, Children of Albion. In 1971 he published The Wolverhampton Wanderer, a collection of illustrations and photographs by British artists of the period. In 2007 he published A New Waste Land: Timeship Earth at Nillennium and in January 2011 contributed to an eBook collection of political poems, Emergency Verse - Poetry in Defence of the Welfare State edited by Alan Morrison. To celebrate Horovitz's 80th birthday, a limited-edition album was produced of a 2013 recording of his poem sequence, Bankbusted Nuclear Detergent Blues, on which he is accompanied by the musicians Paul Weller, Graham Coxon and Damon Albarn.